Rebel comeback falls short

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Sioux Central's Brady Rusk hangs in the lane for a shot attempt during the Rebels' 63-60 loss to Storm Lake St. Mary's in Sioux Rapids Tuesday night. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy)

SIOUX RAPIDS Sioux Central and Storm Lake St. Mary's got caught up in a back-and-forth battle Tuesday night with the Panthers creeping out to an eight point lead going into the final eight minutes. The Rebels poured in 24 points in the fourth quarter, but St. Mary's did just enough to hold on for the 63-60 victory.

"I really like the ball movement and team basketball we played tonight," Sioux Central boys basketball coach Stephen Tjaden said. "Our energy was high but we just missed a few things here and there over the course of the game, and that was the difference."

Sioux Central led 17-13 by the end of the first, but some misses near the rim in the second quarter allowed St. Mary's to slide in front 28-27 at the halftime break.

Sioux Central's Logan Grote fires up one of his two, first-half 3-pointers during the Rebels' 63-60 loss to Storm Lake St. Mary's in Sioux Rapids Tuesday night.

The Panthers kept up the pressure in the third, outscoring the Rebels 16-9 to make the scoreboard read 44-36 in favor of the visitors.

Sioux Central caught fire in the fourth, scoring 24, but the defense also gave up the Panthers' highest scoring frame, allowing St. Mary's to walk away with the 63-60 win.

"Great overall effort by both teams. They just made a couple more plays than us tonight," Tjaden concluded.

Mac Prior led the Rebels with 20 points. Chase Jessen joined him in double figures with 12.

Sioux Central went 7-of-23 from beyond the arc and 21-of-56 overall for a 38 percent night. Some points were left at the stripe as the Rebels made 11-of-18 free throws.

Michael Demers had it working for the Panthers, scoring a game-high 24 points.

The defeat drops Sioux Central's record to 3-13 overall this season and 1-8 in Twin Lakes Conference play. The Rebels next game comes out of conference in Everly Thursday night against the Clay Central-Everly Mavericks.

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