Rebel boys erase N-F lead in comeback
SIOUX RAPIDS - The Sioux Central Rebels had a never say die attitude on Tuesday night in their regular season finale as they hosted Twin Lakes Conference foe Newell-Fonda. The Mustangs had a lead going to the final quarter and saw it evaporate as the Rebels came back for a 68-64 win, their 18th of the year.
“This was just an excellent game with two great teams battling for 32 minutes. We knew it would be a game of runs and we were fortunate to make a run late and come back from a 12 point deficit in the fourth,” Sioux Central Coach Stephen Tjaden said. “Our guys showed a lot of grit tonight in front of a great home crowd.”
Sioux Central had a slim edge after a back and forth first quarter, holding a 19-18 score going to the second period. Newell-Fonda began to create distance of their own in the second frame, outscoring the Rebels by six to hold a five-point edge at the break, 35-30.
The Mustangs continued to build on their lead in the third quarter, putting up seven more points than Sioux Central to get their lead to double-digits, 12, as the two teams headed to the final frame, 56-44. The Rebels began to battle back through the fourth quarter and finally reclaimed the lead with 1:25 left with a three-pointer from senior Hunter Decker. The Mustangs had a chance late but a game tying triple from Bryce Coppock missed it’s mark.
Decker had 20 points to lead the Rebels on 6-of-8 shooting including going 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Seniors Logan Grote and Jake Hanson had 14 points apiece, Hanson adding eight boards while Grote had six rebounds and five assists. Senior Prestan Samson had nine points, 11 boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Sioux Central went 24-of-40 from the floor and 9-of-18 from behind the arc. They struggled at the line going 11-of-21. The Rebels had 35 rebounds, 18 assists, three steals and three blocks.
“I thought we played really well for about 26 minutes and grinded hard against a good team to earn ourselves a 12 point lead. Unfortunately we were unable to finish,” N-F Coach Shad Coppock said. “We allowed them to cut into our lead by fouling and scoring with the clock stopped, and that was certainly frustrating. Sometimes you beat yourself, your opponent doesn’t have to, and we were a little guilt of that tonight. That being said, I think there was a lot we can learn from this game that will help us heading into District play.”
Sioux Central finishes the regular season with an 18-2 record. They are off until Thursday night when they host the winner of St. Mary’s and Glidden-Ralston in 1A-District 16 play. Newell-Fonda falls to 12-8. They hit the road tonight to take on 7-13 Ridge View in both teams’ regular season finales. The Mustangs will then host Paton-Churdan on Thursday night in 1A-District 16 action.