The Albia boys basketball team made history last week with a win over Davis County clinch the school’s first back-to-back conference championship seasons, then repeated an historic performance on Thursday night, beating Centerville to finish a perfect conference season, the first time in school history.
The 64-50 victory didn’t come easy. Centerville’s Merrick Matthews and Mason Bauman blistered the nets for six three-pointers in the first half and the team scored eight total, taking a 32-24 halftime lead. But the veteran Albia club dominated the third quarter, outscoring Centerville 22-7 with an 11-0 run. The Big Red stayed close with, scoring to cut the lead to six, 48-42 midway through the fourth quarter, but near perfect foul shooting led by Trey Griffin and Jackson DeMoss gave the Blue Demons their final 14-point margin.
Blake Chance led the team with 18 points, while Drew Chance added 16 and Griffin 12. Brayden Messamaker added nine points, DeMoss had 5 and Nate Wynn and Travis Sheffield (back after breaking his foot) scored 2 each.
Matthews led Centerville with 18 and Bauman had 12.
“We came out a little flat and they made some shots in the first half,” said Coach Kevin Archer. “Our defense was excellent in the third quarter, holding them without a three point shot in the third quarter.”
The Blue Demons finish 12-0 in the conference and 17-2 overall.
Albia awaits the outcome of the EBF-Davis County first round district tournament game. They play the winner Thursday, 7 p.m. on Albia’s home court.