The Alta Junior Varsity boys basketball team finished on a high note at home against Pocahontas on Feb. 12, as they used a 32-point second quarter to cruise by the Indians, 83-47.
Heath Stille led the way for the Cyclones with a double-double, garnering 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Jon Francis, Steve Hamer and Justin DeMan each scored in double figures for Alta.
After one quarter of play the Cyclones led by a slim margin, 10-7, and then exploded offensively in the second period, scoring 32 points to take a 42-23 lead heading into the locker rooms at halftime.
The Cyclones continued their offensive productivity in the second half, scoring 41 more points to finish off the Indians, 83-47.
Following Stille in the scoring column was Francis with 16 points, Hamer with 13 points and DeMan with 10 points.
Nate Hinkeldey contributed nine points, Jon Weinhold had six, Luke Letzring chipped in three points and Adam Pedersen, Joel Corlew and Nick Nesbitt each collected two points for the Cyclones
Francis also snagged seven rebounds for the Cyclones, while Hamer had six boards for the red and black.
Head coach Grant Bousum said he was pleased with the effort in the final game, and is optimistic that the group will continue to have winning seasons in the future.
"We had a very successful season and I really believe that we continued to improve throughout the season," Bousum said. "I really enjoyed the season and this group has a chance to do something really special in the next couple of years if they continue to work as hard as they did this year."
The junior varsity team finished the year with a 14-6 overall record.
South O'Brien 63, Alta 54
The junior varsity team saw its seven-game winning streak snapped against South O'Brien on Feb. 6, as the Wolverines used a run late in the game to clinch a 63-54 victory over the Cyclones.
South O'Brien overcame an early lead by Alta to take a 34-33 lead at halftime, and the Cyclones then struggled offensively in the third period, falling behind, 47-38, after three.
Alta fought back in the fourth and were down by one point with two minutes to play, but the Wolverines answered Alta's run with one of their own and came away with the nine-point win.
"We had a great start to the game, and it seemed like every time we would go on a run they would answer it," Bousum said. "We played extremely hard, especially in the fourth quarter, but things just did not go our way late in the game. South O'Brien is a very good team and I think we played some of our best ball of the year tonight. We just need to be a little more consistent."
Nesbitt led Alta in scoring with 16 points and three assists, while Francis scored 13 points and grabbed three rebounds.
Stille had eight points and three rebounds, DeMan chipped in five points, Hinkeldey collected four points and seven rebounds and Hamer finished with four points and five rebounds.