It’s hard to imagine the Albia boys playing a better first quarter of basketball against a huge Pella Christian basketball team. It was like the Blue Demons were living in a dream, leading most of the way, shooting brilliantly from outside and slashing and driving against a front line of 6’9”, 6’7”, 6’6” and 6’5.”
Only a hail Mary three-pointer by 6’2” guard Jason Lai at the buzzer that banked in let the Eagles tie the game at 20-20.
But then the dream ended, reality set in and a nightmare ensued. Using unguardable inside height and deadly three-point shooting, along with terrific defense, the Eagles went on a 29-1 run in the second quarter, leading to an 84-41 victory over Albia.
The Blue Demons were able to start strong as Blake Chance put up two three-point goals, two field goals and two free throws leading to a 20 point quarter and a 20-20 tie at the buzzer. The Pella Christian Eagles were able to use a stifling, pressing defense to nearly shutdown the Albia offense in the second quarter. Nate Wynn scored the only point for the Blue Demons while the Eagles went on a 25 point flurry that sent the teams to halftime with Albia facing a 45-21 deficit.
Albia came out of the break more settled and they were able to score 17 points in the third quarter led by Chance with 11. Pella Christian was just as prolific on offense dropping three shots from outside the arc and going inside the painted area as well for a total of 24 points. Albia managed only three points in the fourth period while the Eagles added 15.
Chance ended the night with 28 points while Wynn had seven, Nathan Crall one, Joe Teno six, Blake Stewart one, Gage Wilson two, and Jackson Pence one. Wynn had three assists, Beau Leshen one, Chance one, and Brayden Messamaker one.
Crall led the team in rebounding with seven, Stewart had five, Wynn four, Teno three, Chance two, and Messamaker one. Chance had two steals, Wynn one and Crall one.
The Blue Demons end the 2018-19 season with a record of 13-8.