The Alta freshman boys basketball team came back from an 11-0 deficit against South O'Brien on Feb. 6 to pull within four late in the fourth quarter, but fell short in their comeback bid, 54-44, in the team's final game of the season.
Jarrod Garrison and Joel Corlew each had 13 points to pace the scoring for the Cyclones, and the two also led the team in rebounding statistics, as Garrison grabbed nine boards and Corlew snagged six for Alta.
The Cyclones started out very slow in the first quarter, trailing 11-0 at one point, but fought back to enter the halftime intermission down only two to South O'Brien, 26-24.
The second half was a roller-coaster affair, as the lead traded hands several times, and the Cyclones trailed by only four late in the final period.
However, Alta ran out of juice late in the fourth to eventually lose by a 10-point margin, 54-44.
Thomas Hansen helped the Cyclones with five points, Neil Peterson and Derek Lietz finished with four points apiece, Tom Hinkeldey had three and Adam Pedersen rounded out the scoring with two points and four rebounds.
The loss dropped the team's final record to 7-5 on the season, but head freshman coach Grant Bousum said he was pleased with the effort his team put forth throughout the entire year.
"I thought we played very hard against South O'Brien, like we have all year long," Bousum said. "I am happy with the season as a whole to finish 7-5 overall. This year we definitely improved and I look for good things to come out of this bunch of guys."