The Blue Demon basketball team broke out of the Christmas break in a big way avenging their only loss of the season on Friday night by defeating Knoxville 50-42 in the Albia gym.
It was junior forward Joe Teno who was unstoppable from three-point range that led to the win as the Panthers clamped down on Albia leading scorer Blake Chance.
Friday’s contest was much more of a defensive battle. In November the score at the end of the first quarter was 22-18 Albia. The score at the end of period one in Albia was 7-4 and at the half 16-15 Knoxville. Field goals by Brayden Messamaker and Blake Stewart as well as a three point goal by Teno put Albia in the lead 7-4.
In the second quarter three point goals by Blake Chance and Messamaker as well as a score in the painted area by Nate Wynn kept Albia close as Knoxville heated up in the first few minutes of the second quarter with two from outside the arc and two driving layups giving Knoxville a 16-15 lead at the half.
Albia turned up the heat on their offensive efforts in the third period. Teno and Messamaker both hit from beyond the arc twice and Nate Wynn scored inside twice with Teno scoring on a drive as well putting Albia in the lead 33-25 going into the final eight minutes.
Teno owned the fourth quarter scoring 11 of his 22 points in that period. He hit three from outside the arc as well as dropping in two free throws. Two field goals and a free throw by Wynn and a free throw by Chance maintained the victory 50-42.
Teno led all scorers with 22 points, Messamaker had 11, Wynn 11, Chance four and Stewart two. Wynn had five assists, Messamaker two, Chance two, while Nathan Crall, Dawson Hermsen, Stewart, and Teno each had one.
Teno led the team in rebounding as well with eight, Chance had six, Messamaker five, Beau Leshen three, Wynn two, Gage Wilson one, and Crall one. Teno and Crall each had one steal.
The Blue Demons improve to 8-1 on the season and 4-1 in the SCC. It was the second conference loss for Knoxville who falls into third place in the league behind EBF and Albia.