The Albia Blue Demons used a stifling defense in the fourth quarter to claim their second victory in the 2019 season on Tuesday night in Chariton defeating the Chargers 57-42. That defense created a 14-0 run starting at the five-minute mark in the fourth quarter and kept Chariton scoreless until the buzzer.
Albia took the lead early in the game with a field goal by Blake Chance and a three-point goal by Jackson DeMoss gave the Blue Demons a 7-2 margin. When Joe Teno had to leave the game after tweaking his ankle, the Chargers were able to score in the paint and drew close at 11-10. Albia finished the period with a burst and led 18-14 at the buzzer.
Albia went to a 1-3-1 zone to stop the Chariton penetrating drives but could only manage two points in the first three minutes of the second quarter. The Chargers took advantage and took their first lead in the game at 22-20. After a three-point goal at the 3:25 mark to make it 25-20, Albia called time out, adjusted and went on a 10-2 run highlighted by six straight points by Blake Chance and an offense rebound put back by Nate Wynn to take a 30-27 advantage into halftime.
The Blue Demons went on a 7-2 run to start the third quarter but the Chargers were able to use fast break action and some solid drives at the basket to edge back from the 37-29 deficit to make it 38-38 at the 1:41 mark. Blake Chance hit a step back three in the waning seconds of the period to give Albia a 41-38 lead to start the fourth quarter.
Some shaky ball handling to start the period was a concern until Brayden Messamaker drove to score the first field goal of the period. Chariton answered with an offensive rebound put back to make it 43-42 but that would be the last point scored by the Chargers in the game. Albia called time out and came out in a tough defensive effort. Nate Wynn scored on a drive to the lane, grabbed an offensive rebound to score on the next possession and when Pence found Teno on a give and go play, Albia owned a 51-42 lead with two minutes to play. Chariton began to foul until they could send Messamaker to the line for a one-and-one. He hit both and later Chance was sent to the line and he made good on his chances to seal the victory.
Blake Chance led all scorers with 22 points, Messamaker and Wynn had eight each, Teno and Pence each had six, DeMoss had three, while Blake Stewart and Jackson Pence had two each. Other stats are unavailable at this time.
Albia moves to 2-0 on the season and in the SCC. They will host Centerville on Friday night and will be at home against Twin Cedars on Saturday.