Albia junior point guard, Blake Chance, was earlier in March named a first team All-Substate player by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association. Last week he was named by the Iowa Print Sportswriter’s Association to the All-State Class 2A third team.
The 6’4” Chance, along with Class 3A point guard, 6’0” Kieren Nichols of Knoxville, were the only two players from the South Central Conference to be named to all-state teams. Nichols was named to the first team in 3A, averaging 25.9 points per game for the Panthers in his junior season. He had 46 three pointers, 86 assists, 24 steals and 129 rebounds. The Panthers were 12-10 with Nichols guiding the team.
Chance led the Blue Demons to an 18-4 record, moving from a top-scoring guard in his junior year to putting up astronomical assists figures at point guard. Chance averaged 21 points a game as a sophomore with 37 three point shots and his points per game dropped significantly this year. He averaged just under 14 points with 24 three-pointers.
However, he became one of the best passing guards in the state, dishing out 171 assists, an all-time Albia record. That compares to 66 assists his sophomore year and 38 his freshman year. Nichols, his Knoxville rival and first team Class 3A player, had 86 assists this year.
Chance boosted his total rebounds from 113 as both a freshman and sophomore to 134 this year. He had 32 steals compared to 44 as a sophomore and 34 as a freshman and 11 blocked shots, compared to five as a sophomore and three as a freshman.
Chance led the team to a South Central Conference championship and a spot in the substate finals against Woodward-Granger. W-G’s Bryce Achenbach was a second team Class 2A all-state selection.