Rebels efficient in win over Titans
SIOUX RAPIDS — The new year has been kind to Sioux Central’s basketball boys so far as they notched their second win in as many games in 2018 with a 71-63 victory over Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Monday night. The Rebels went 22-of-32 from the floor, including 10-of-18 from 3-point range for a 69 percent shooting night overall.
“We got off to another quick start, and I was very pleased with our ball movement and shot selection,” Sioux Central boys basketball coach Stephen Tjaden said. “We shared the rock very well tonight, and it shows with our shooting percentage. We rebounded well but still need to shore up some things on the defensive end, but our effort on defense has been much better.”
Sioux Central recorded 22 rebounds and 16 assists as a team while also making 17-of-26 free-throw attempts.
The quick start put the Rebels up 20-11 at the end of the first, and a high scoring second quarter made it a 41-28 halftime lead for the home squad.
GT/RA fought back in the third, winning the frame 15-9 to cut the Sioux Central lead to 50-43.
Sioux Central carried a slim 21-20 edge in the fourth to seal the 71-63 win.
Hunter Decker led the Rebel offense with 19 points and five assists. Ben Hargens added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and Logan Grote hit four 3-pointers on his way to 13 bench points.
The Rebels are now 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the Twin Lakes Conference. They continue league play Friday on the road in Gowrie against 2-10 Southeast Valley.