The Albia Blue Demons used a fast start and stingy defense to secure their ninth SCC win of the season at Bloomfield on Tuesday night, defeating Davis County 52-48.
“We did a good job of limiting their top two scorers,” said Coach Kevin Archer. “Reeves and Zmolek were both averaging over double digits and we held them to a combined 13 points. Our defense is really looking good right now.”
The Blue Demons started hot in the first quarter as Blake Chance and Brayden Messamaker each hit three point goals while the offense spread among the team with Nate Wynn chipping in two field goals, Trey Griffin and Jackson Pence each made field goals to give Albia a 20-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Mustangs came out in a 1-2-2 zone aimed at stopping the drives to the basket by Albia and that worked to some extent as they limited the Blue Demons to nine points in the second quarter. Davis County collected the first seven points of the quarter while Albia struggled, but Messamaker ended the Mustang streak with a three point goal and the Blue Demons were able to maintain a double digit advantage at the half 29-18.
In the third quarter Albia was able to break the zone with inside play as Blake Stewart and Joe Teno each scored twice in the painted area and Pence had one from the block. The Mustangs kept pace with free throws and a shot from deep. “Their guard Garcia was able to penetrate to score and did a nice job handling the ball,” observed Coach Archer. Albia entered the final eight minutes with a comfortable 41-30 lead.
The margin remained comfortable until Albia had a string of missed free throws. Garcia went to the line for Davis County six times and hit on five plus adding a three-point goal in the final two minutes which cut the Albia lead to 50-46. Free throws by Messamaker and Trey Griffin seemed to stave off the Mustangs and sealed the win.
Messamaker led the team in scoring with 12 points, Blake Chance had nine, Stewart four, Nate Wynn eight, Teno six, Jackson DeMoss four, Drew Chance two, Griffin five, and Pence two.
Albia improves to 12-2 on the season and 9-1 in the SCC. They beat league leading Knoxville on Thursday night in Knoxville (game details in Tuesday's MN), then travel to Fairfield on Monday followed by hosting Knoxville on Tuesday. Much will be decided in the next week.