A late game rally by the Big Red spelled loss for the Blue Demons on Tuesday night in Centerville as Albia dropped their first SCC game of the season 66-56.
The opening quarter was tight though Centerville was able to maintain a lead until Jackson DeMoss hit a three-point goal at the two minute mark to give Albia a 11-10 lead. The Blue Demons managed to stay on top as the buzzer rang with them up 15-14.
Centerville’s Brier Daugherty put the Big Red into the lead to start the second quarter but Albia’s Braydon Messamaker quickly put Albia back on top with a three point goal. Blake Chance hit two free throws but Centerville answered with a field goal to stay within two points. After trading field goals Chance hit from outside the arc to make it 30-25. Each team added a free throw in the last minute of the half to go to the locker room with Albia up 31-26.
Albia’s Joe Teno heated up in the third quarter hitting two from deep and adding a field goal and a free throwas Albia padded their lead to 46-37 with three minutes remaining in the period. In the final minute Albia added a field goal and Centerville‘s Brady Kauzlaurich hit a three point goal to send the teams into the fourth quarter with Albia holding a comfortable 48-40 advantage.
As the Big Red turned up the defensive heat, Kauzlarich and Trent McCann began to cut away at the Blue Demon margin and finally took a 53-52 lead enroute to a 23-4 final run.
A field goal by Drew Chance returned the lead to Albia but Centerville went on a six-point surge to lead 59-54. The Blue Demons managed only two more points in the final two minutes and Centerville hit seven free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
Teno led the team in scoring with 11 points, Blake Chance had nine, Jackson Pence eight, Messamaker six, Nate Wynn six, Blake Stewart four, Drew Chance six, DeMoss three, and Trey Griffin three.
The Blue Demons fall to 10-2 on the season and 7-1 in the SCC. Friday's game at Osceola was cancelled due to the weather and the team is scheduled to play Lynnville-Sully on Saturday.