There’s an old sports idiom called “the tale of the tape.” It specifically refers to boxing and a fighter’s reach, but it has been used in other sports to compare statistics. In Albia’s 65-47 loss to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont there were two tales of the tape.
The first was Albia’s 34 percent shooting. The Blue Demons couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half. The second, likely a more important number, was in rebounding. EBF, with its big front line and active guard court, outrebounded Albia 37-26 and Albia managed just six offensive rebounds.
The Rockets (20-2) came at Albia hard in the first quarter, holding the Blue Demons to a single basket by CJ Ratliff, scored at the 4:00 mark, until Damon Sovern scored a three-point shot in the final minute of the quarter.
Albia played a much better second quarter, outscoring the Rockets 16-15 and cutting the lead to nine, 30-21 by the half. Drew Chance got involved in the offense, scoring 10 of his 13 points on the night.
The Rockets spread their offense out with Brooks Moore, Ethan Davis and Jesse Cornelison all scoring.
EBF brought a lockdown defense to bear in the third quarter, holding Albia to just nine points as they took a 44-30 lead. Jackson Pence, Chance and Grinstead were able to break through for points. In the fourth quarter the Rockets made a 4-0 run and then a 6-0 run to put the game out of reach, leading 57-35 after a Moore basket.
Albia senior reserves played out the final half quarter with Chris Kilfoyle and Hunter DeMoss each scoring three-point baskets.
Chance led the team with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Garin Grinstead had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, Jackson Pence had 7 points and 8 rebounds, CJ Ratliff had 5 points and an assist, Adam Sheffield had 3 points, a rebound, 3 assists and 2 steals and Chris Kilfoyle, Damon Sovern and Hunter DeMoss all had 3 points.
Ethan Davis led EBF with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, Brooks Moore had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, Jesse Cornelison had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals, Carson Wade had 8 points and 4 rebounds, Nathan Roberts had 5 points and 2 rebounds and Lute Judy had 2.
Albia ends the season with a 12-11 record and an 8-4 conference mark good for third place.
The Rockets move on with a 20-2 record. They will meet Pella Christian (16-6) Tuesday (tonight). The winner will likely meet Des Moines Christian (19-3) in the substate final.