"We got out of the gate a little slow and give Sioux Central credit, they made some shots in the first quarter," said Alta-Aurelia head coach Randy Bissen. "The rest of the game, we played better basketball and really did a nice job of forcing turnovers and playing fast. They cut it within 6 late in the game, but we kept our composure. We took care of the basketball and made our free throws down the stretch as we went 13-15 in the 2nd half. It was a good team win as everybody contributed."
The Rebels led by as many as six in the first quarter, but Alta-Aurelia never let them stray too far ahead, trailing just 14-11 after one quarter of play.
Alta-Aurelia cushioned their lead in the third, building a 32-26 edge heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Two from Ross Friedrich pushed it to an eight-point game one minute in the fourth. Two from Titus Letzring down low opened up a double digit A-A lead at 39-28 a minute later.
Two Glawe free throws and a basket from Dallas Heuton brought SxC back within 39-32, but Tyler Larson immediately answered with two at the rim for the Warriors.
A Glawe free throw kept the Rebels within eight with 4:30 to go. Two apiece from Glawe and Heuton again made it a 41-37 game with 3:33. However, Sioux Central would get no closer as Colton Ballantyne drilled four straight at the foul line, and Zach Sliefert added a pair as well, as the Warriors widened their lead back to double digits before the end.
Ballantyne would knock down all six of his free throw attempts on the night, and add a pair of three pointers, to finish with a team-high 16 points. He also led in rebounds with six. Ross Friedrich was 7-of-9 at the line and 2-of-4 from three to turn in 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals. Jayson Van Haaften had six points and three assists, Letzring had six points and two blocks, and Kale Nelson scored five.
The Warriors knocked down 15-of-19 at the line and 5-of-17 from three.
Facing double and triple teams the majority of the night, Glawe was held to a relatively quiet 19-point, 11-rebound outing as the Warriors did well to harass the 21 point per game scorer. Heuton knocked down 6-of-7 shots for 13 points and seven rebounds. Chris Ripke had five points.
"We knew that tonight (Tuesday) would be a game dictated by pace, and we got too caught up in time at playing faster than we would like too," said Sioux Central head coach Stephen Tjaden. "I was pleased with our effort as we battled through some foul trouble. Alta-Aurelia hit some big shots from the outside, and it proved too much to overcome."
The Rebels (4-11, 2-5 in Twin Lakes) drop their fourth straight with the loss. They begin a five-game home-stand on Friday as they welcome East Sac County to town.
The win makes three out of their last four for Alta-Aurelia as the improve to 7-8 on the year. They host Manson Northwest Webster Friday night.