Eric Holton poured in 17 points to lead three players in double figures as Alta rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Storm Lake St. Mary's 68-60 in Northwest Conference play on Friday night at Alta.
St. Mary's jumped out to a 19-8 lead after the first quarter and held a 30-22 halftime advantage. Alta, however, rallied to take a 46-43 lead heading into the fourth period of play.
Alta's Brad Bunjes hit a 3-pointer to give Alta a 59-51 lead with 3 minutes remaining.
Steve Hamer scored 13 points and Bunjes 12 for the Cyclones. Heath Stille added eight. Holton cleared six rebounds, as did Hamer. Holton charted seven assists and Jamie Hammer four. Hammer had four steals, as did Holton.
Billy Mach scored 23 points to lead St. Mary's, now 2-1 in the league and 2-1 overall. Jeff Speers and Tim Brown each added 10 points. Matthew Smith and Kyle Drey each collected eight rebounds for the Panthers. Mach charted three assists and Speers two. Ryan Gessner tallied two steals, as did Brown.
"St. Mary's outplayed us in the first half," Alta coach Larry McNutt said. "At halftime we talked about getting after it and playing hard. We got some momentum going in the fourth quater and were abe to pull out a win against a good team."
"We got off to a really good start and I felt like we were able to keep the defensive intensity, but we didn't pass the ball real well," St. Mary's coach Phil Skamser said. "We didn't make the extra pass. This loss will help us as the season goes along. It will make us realize the style we need to play to win."
Newell-Fonda 73, Albert City-Truesdale 49
Eric Johnson scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures as sixth-ranked Newell-Fonda routed Albert City-Truesdale in a Northwest Conference game on Friday night at Albert City.
Newell-Fonda jumped out to a 24-10 lead after the first quarter before extending to a 43-26 halftime advantage. It was 58-33 Mustangs entering the fourth quarter.
Austin Wells scored 14 points for the Mustangs, while Matt Stauter added 13, Aaron Kaufman 12 and Alan Baskerville 10.
Caleb Garberding scored 13 points to lead AC-T. Taylor Heideman had eight and Tim Hogrefe seven.
"I thought our guys played with desire the entire game," AC-T coach Dean Christiansen said. "We fought hard, but Newell-Fonda just had too many horses. I thought our defense did a good job, but we just aren't going to win many games with 49 points. Our guys are playing with a lot of aggressiveness this season."
Sioux Central 47, Aurelia 33
Kyle Rehnstrom had 13 points and six rebounds to help lead Sioux Central to a Northwest Conference win over Aurelia on Friday night at Sioux Rapids.
Sioux Central held a 12-8 lead after the first quarter and led 20-16 at halftime. It was 32-24 Rebels heading into the fourth period.
Travis Vaudt finished with 12 points and three assists for Sioux Central, while Jason Ferguson had 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Alex Rehnstrom charted four assists.
John Bentsen led Aurelia with 13 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots. Matt Berg added seven points and four rebounds. Tyler Nelson handed out four assists for the Bulldogs, now 1-3 overall.
Aurelia 61, Albert City-Truesdale 52
John Bentsen scored 12 points, cleared 10 rebounds and four blocked shots as Aurelia notched its first win of the season by downing Albert City-Truesdale on Wednesday night at Aurelia.
Aurelia held a 13-8 lead after the first quarter, but AC-T tied it up at 25-25 at the half. Aurelia used a 23-8 spurt to take a 48-33 lead into the fourth period. Aurelia led 55-40 with 3 minutes remaining before the Hurricanes finished with a 12-6 spurt.
John Ireland scored 11 points for the Bulldogs, while Matt Berg added 10. Chris Handy scored nine points and Bryan Lemke eight.
Berg pulled down 11 rebounds, while Tyler Nelson and Lemke each had six. Aurelia outrebounded AC-T 39-26. Nelson handed out six assists and Ireland charted two steals.
Aurelia made 22 of 47 field goals for 47 percent. AC-T was 18 of 57 from the field for 32 percent.
"I think we came out a little bit back on our heels," Aurelia coach Scott Randall said. "We started off in a fullcourt press hoping to get into the flow of the game quicker and I think that helped us. Our confidence grew as the game went along. It was nice to get that first victory under our belt. I was encouraged to see more scoring balance in our lineup."