It was raining three’s at the Albia High School Gym on Monday night as the Blue Demon v. Ankeny Christian contest generated 24 three-point goals. The Eagles came out on top as they hit 13 from outside the arc and though Albia countered with 11 Ankeny Christian prevailed 79-52.
Albia was able to get on the board first at the 6:38 mark as Brayden Messamaker scored from deep. Albia held the lead until the Eagles scored three consecutive field goals to take a 8-5 advantage. Another Messamaker three point goal at the three minute mark, three free throws by Trey Griffin and Messamaker’s fourth from deep gave Albia a 23-20 lead at the end of the first period.
A pair of free throws by Messamaker and an offensive rebound putback gave the Blue Demons a 27-20 margin. But the Albia offense escaped for the next five minutes while Ankeny Christian mounted an attack that included four three point goals outscoring Albia 24-0. Messamaker ended the scoreless streak with a three point goal to make it 44-30 but the Eagles scored on a last second drive to make it 46-30 at the half.
Albia scored the first five points of the third quarter and at the 3:25 mark Blake Chance found Drew Chance for a score in the lane to cut the margin to 51-44. Ankeny was able to drive the lane in three straight possessions to regain the double digit lead. Trey Griffin hit a three point goal but Ankeny went on another six point spurt to hold a 63-47 advantage going into the final eight minutes.
Ankeny Christian hit four three point goals in a row to start the fourth quarter mounting a 75-47 margin. Albia managed only five points in the period resulting in their third loss of the season.
Messamaker led Albia in scoring with 23 points, Griffin had 14, Blake Chance five, Joe Teno four, Drew Chance four, and Nate Wynn two. Blake Chance had four assists, Jackson DeMoss one, Griffin one, and Drew Chance one.
Wynn led the team in rebounding with seven, Blake Chance had five, Drew Chance four, Messamaker two, Teno two, C.J. Ratliff two, DeMoss one, and Jackson Pence one. Blake Stewart had one block and Wynn had a steal.
Albia falls to 15-3 on the season and will end the regular season on Thursday night against Ft. Madison..