The Albia JV1 basketball team completed a perfect 17-0 season with a 78-33 victory over Centerville on Thursday night.

CJ Ratliff scored 20 points and Landen Simpson added 19 as the team held the Big Red to 13 points in the first quarter, seven in the second, nine in the third and four in the fourth.

Others scoring for the Blue Demons were Garin Grinstead with 12, Hunter DeMoss with 3, Chris Kilfoyle with 3, Beau Little with 6, Sam Shepard with 4, Adam Sheffield with 4 and CJ Flattery with 5.

Perfect season recap

Albia opened up with a 62-34 win over Central Decatur. Simpson had 12, Sheffield 10, Caleb Opheim 9, Grinstead 8, DeMoss 7, Chris McDonald 8 and Gavin Archer, John Pistek and CJ Flattery 2 each.

Against Grandview Christian the Blue Demons won 61-36, holding the Des Moines team to just four points in the fourth quarter. Simpson led the team with 15 points, followed by Sheffield, 11, Grinstead 9, DeMoss, 4, Kilfoyle and Little 3 and Flattery 2.

In the closest game of the season, Albia beat Pella Christian 48-46, scoring the winning basket in the final minute. Simpson led the team with 13 followed by Ratliff, 11, Grinstead 9, DeMoss and McDonald 6, Flattery 2 and Sheffield 1.

EBF gave Albia a close game with the score tied at 14 in the first quarter before Albia pulled out to a 35-22 lead after the third quarter, winning 43-33. Sheffield led the team with 12 followed by Simpson 10, Ratliff 6, Grinstead 5, DeMoss 3, Opheim, Kilfoyle and McDonald 2 each.

On Dec. 8 the boys topped Chariton 55-32. Sheffield led in scoring with 12 followed by Ratliff and Opheim 9 each, Simpson 7, Grinstead 5, Flattery 4, Kilfoyle 3, and DeMoss, Archer, Little and McDonald 1 each.

COVID-19 shut the team down until Jan. 5.

Albia had another razor thin win against Washington the first game back from COVID and Christmas break, beating Washington 50-48 despite leading 24-16 at the half. Washington made a furious comeback in the final minute, outscoring Albia 7-3, but the Blue Demons held on for the win. Grinstead led the team in scoring with 14, followed by Simpson 12, Ratliff 11, Sheffield 6 and Kilfoyle 4.

Albia beat Knoxville 56-48 on Jan. 8 with only four players scoring. Sheffield and Simpson had 16 each, Ratliff 15 and Grinstead 8.

The team played Clarke on Jan. 12 and completed a half, winning 49-21. Ratliff had 14 and Sheffield 11 to lead the team. Travis Sheffield scored 9, Simpson 8, Grinstead 6 and DeMoss 1.

Albia pounded Chariton 65-19 on Jan. 18, holding the Chargers scoreless in t he third quartr. Ratliff had 15 and Simpson 12, followed by Travis Sheffield and Thiravong 9, DeMoss 6, and Simpson and Grinstead 5 each.

The team scored a 37-25 win over Centerville on Jan. 19, holding the Big Red to 4 points in the second quarter and 5 in the third. Ratliff led the team with 11 followed by Grinstead 7, Adam Sheffield 6, Hunter DeMoss 5, Travis Sheffield 4 and Thiravong 2.

Albia destroyed Clarke 63-38 on Jan. 22 with Ratliff scoring 18, Simpson 16, Grinstead and Flattery 7 each, DeMoss 5, Archer 4 and Sheffield and McDonald 2 each.

In the last game of January the team crushed Montezuma 80-22 holding the Bravees to 4 points in the first quarter and 2 in the third. Simpson, Kilfoyle and Grinstead scored 13, 12 and 11 respectively, Ratliff had 9, Sam Shepard and Sheffield 7 each, DeMoss 6, McDonald 5, Kilfoyle 4, Archer 2 and Flattery 1.

Albia beat Fairfield 52-18 on Feb. 1 led by Ratliff’s 14. Sheffield had 9 followed by Simpson 7, Opeim and Grinstead 6 each, and Kilfoyle, Archer, Shepard, McDonald and Flattery 2 each.

The next night the Blue Demons beat Knoxville 62-45 led by Simpson’s 19 points. Ratliff and DeMoss had 11 each, Flattery 9, Sheffield 6 and Kilfoyle, Little and McDonald 2 each.

Albia met Davis County for the first time on Feb. 5 winning 63-39. Ratliff scored 18, Grinstead 17, Simpson 11, Sheffield 7, Grinstead 4, DeMoss 3 and Flattery 2.

On Feb. 8 the team moved to 16-0 on the season with an 80-65 win over Ankeny Christian. Simpson had his season high with 24 points, Ratliff scored 20, Grinstead 15, Kilfoyle 11, DeMoss 9, Sheffield 8 and Flattery 2.