The question of whether Albia’s greyhound, three-point shooting basketball team could compete with a team featuring a big center was answered in part when the Blue Demons crafted a 62-49 victory over Pleasantville.
Trojan center, 6’6” Teron Mount still managed 26 points before fouling out, but Albia figured out how to front the big man while cutting off the scoring from the rest of the Trojan team. Mount came into the game averaging 13 points and eight rebounds a game for the 4-2 Trojans.
Pleasantville opened the game with a 7-0 run but Albia used a late burst to take the lead 15-13 in the final seconds of the first period. The Blue Demons methodically improved the margin in the second quarter getting a three point goal from Blake Chance and two from Trey Griffin to take a 32-26 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter Albia made five free throws, adding 11 points while holding the Trojans to nine points. Pleasantville stayed close at the one minute mark in the period as Albia had a 42-35 advantage. With the score 43-35 the Blue Demons opened the fourth quarter five-point run to give them a more comfortable lead. Albia managed the double digit lead down the stretch making seven free throws in the final minutes.
Albia’s passing was exquisite led by Blake Chance who had seven assists to go with his six rebounds and 24 points. Jackson Pence and Nate Wynn were beneficiaries of some of those assists. Pence worked inside for nine points and Wynn was on the scoring end of several break away plays, scoring 10. Wynn contributed 10 rebounds to lead the team and Pence had four.
Ironically, two of Albia’s top scorers, Brayden Messamaker and Joe Teno had just two points each. Teno had seven rebounds and Messamaker dished out three assists. Trey Griffin was effective from three-point range, making two of five and ending up with eight points.
Albia improves to 7-0 on the season and will host Washington on Tuesday and travel to Knoxville on Friday.