The Albia boys basketball team traveled to Ankeny Christian Monday night with mixed results.
The freshmen claimed a 49-42 victory, the JV lost a heated contest 53-48 and the varsity fell to the unbeaten Ankeny team 57-39.
Freshmen with one loss
The Blue Demon freshmen basketball team defeated Ankeny Christian 49-42 on Monday night in Ankeny.
The Eagles hit two three-point goals in the final minute of the first quarter to take a 13-12 lead. Albia started a 7-2 run at the three minute mark to claim a 31-24 halftime lead.
The Blue Demons turned up the defense in the third period allowing only eight points while hitting 10 to lead 41-32 at the buzzer. Albia held the Eagles to three points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter while building a 47-35 advantage. Albia held on to the margin to claim the victory.
Albia was led in scoring by C. J. Ratliff with 15 points. Damon Sovern had two points, Jackson Pence four, Garin Grinstead eight, Hunter DeMoss seven, Chris Kilfoyle six, Brock Griffin three, Gavin Archer two, and Caleb Opheim two.
The freshmen will next be in action Tuesday night hosting Clarke County.
JV rally late
The Albia JV boys’ basketball team had a hard time getting the offense on track early on Monday night in Ankeny leading to a 53-48 loss to the Ankeny Christian Eagles.
The Blue Demons managed only four points in the first quarter while they were able to play some tough defense to limit the deficit to only 10-4. Albia doubled their offensive output in the second quarter but the Eagles increase3d the margin to 21-12 at the half.
Albia was unable to cut the margin in the third quarter and found themselves facing a 38-26 score going into the fourth quarter.
The Blue Demons began finding Jackson Pence in the lane and he responded with 12 points in the final period and Albia was able to cut the lead to five points with one minute to play but was unable to overcome the margin.
Pence led the team with 18 points. Others scoring were Liam Winfield two points, Jackson DeMoss nine, Nathen Wilson two, Trey Griffin eight, C.J. Ratliff six, and Travis Sheffield five.
The Blue Demon JV will play Clarke County on Tuesday night.
Albia loses to highly rated team
The Blue Demon basketball team traveled to Ankeny to face the 18-0 Ankeny Christian Eagles on Monday night and lost 57-39.
Three field goals by Blake Chance and free throws by Brayden Messamaker kept Albia close in the first quarter as the defense held the Eagles to two points in the final three minutes of the period. Ankeny Christian was able to increase the deficit in the second quarter by limiting Albia to seven points while putting up 19 while hitting three shots from outside the arc.
With the score 30-15 Ankeny Christian went on a 9-2 run to start the third quarter and owned a 45-24 lead at the buzzer. Albia had the best offensive output in the fourth quarter with 13 points but they could not make a dent in the deficit.
Albia was led in scoring by Blake Chance with 14 points. Nate Wynn had two, Beau Leshen four, Nathan Crall three, Joe Teno five, Messamaker six, and Blake Stewart four.