Rebels overcome double-digit deficit

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Sioux Central’s Ben Hargens shuts down a Storm Lake St. Mary’s shot attempt during the Rebels’ 60-47 comeback victory in Storm Lake Tuesday night. (Photo by Craig Shultz)

STORM LAKE — Trailing by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, Sioux Central’s boys rallied back late to top Storm Lake St. Mary’s by the same amount during a 60-47 victory Tuesday night.

“We showed a great amount of resiliency fighting back tonight on the road with a double-digit deficit,” Rebel boys basketball coach Stephen Tjaden said. “Lot of credit to St. Mary’s. Every time we made a run the first three quarters, they answered. We got some key loose balls and rebounds in the second half, and it led to some big shots. I was very proud of our effort and intensity in the second half.”

As impressive as the second-half intensity was, the first half left something to be desired as the Rebels fell behind 15-8 by the end of the first quarter against the Panthers who entered the game with a record of 2-14.

St. Mary’s kept it going in the second to lead 32-20 at the break, but the Rebels started making their move midway through the third, trimming three off the lead to make it a 43-34 game going to the final eight minutes.

Sioux Central completely dominated the fourth 26-4 for the 60-47 final.

Hunter Decker led the way offensively with 16 points while Blake Cavanaugh added 14. Ben Hargens nearly had a double-double off the bench with 10 points and eight boards.

Sioux Central improves to 9-7 overall and 6-4 in the Twin Lakes Conference with the win. They’ll host Clay Central-Everly for a non-conference game Thursday night.

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