A very young, very inexperienced Chariton boys basketball team gave all they had against the powerful Albia Blue Demon boys and held a lead of 17-11 after a three-point bank shot from the top of the key by Ryder McGee. But from that point on Albia outscored the Chargers 77-29 in an 87-46 South Central Conference rout.
It was a night remember for Albia as Blake Chance scored his 1,000th point as a Blue Demon basketball player. Chance would go on to score a team high 22 points, but it was his dazzling display of assists that people might remember best. Chance had six assists on the night.
The other thing memorable about the game was the play of Brayton Messamaker. For any teams considering the 6’2” senior a three-point shooter only, Messamaker’s three-point range wasn’t there Tuesday. So he took all of his energy inside, rebounding and scoring on put backs, driving to the basket for layups and running on steals to convert. He wound up with 16 points without a single three-pointer.
He also had six rebounds, including four on the offensive end.
The game turned when Coach Kevin Archer had his team turn up the heat on its full-court press. Trailing 17-11 with 3:20 to go in the first quarter after three-point shots from Ian Goben and McGee, Trey Griffin stole the ball and scored, Blake Chance stole the ball and scored (his 1,000th point), Griffin had two more steals and scored both times and Chance got an assist from brother Drew and scored another basket to give Albia a 23-17 lead.
Albia would wind up with 20 steals on the night, contributing to almost half of the team’s points.
Goben cut the lead to 23-19 to begin the second, but Blake Chance scored the next eight Albia points and Messamaker began to take his game inside. CJ Ratliff came in and immediately made an impact, scoring twice, once on a beautiful assist by Jackson DeMoss.
After a highly confusing double technical and then a “pushing” foul on Blake Chance blocking out on a free throw, the game slowed a bit. Messamaker hit from inside and senior Chance it a deep three at the buzzer to give Albia a 43-27-halftime lead.
The third quarter was the Messamaker-Wynn show (Nate had ridden the bench most of the second quarter in foul trouble). By the end of the third quarter, Messamaker had contributed 12 points and Wynn nine to give Albia a 74-36 lead.
Coach Archer cleared his bench beginning at the 6:33 mark. DeMoss hit a three, Ratliff scored, Liam Winfield scored and then Tein Thiravong, a 6’4” reserve center, drilled two threes to get to 87.
Blake Chance had 22 points, two rebounds, six assists and three steals. Messamaker had 16 points, six rebounds, an assist an four steals. Nathaniel Wynn had 13 points, a rebound and three steals. Trey Griffin scored 11 points, had two rebounds, five assists and five steals. Drew Chance had eight points, six rebounds, two assists and a block. CJ Ratliff had six points and three rebounds; Tein Thiravong had six points; Jackson DeMoss had three points, two assists and three steals. Garin Grinstead had three assists and a steal. Travis Sheffield had four rebounds and Hunter DeMoss had an assist.
The team moves to 3-1 on the season.