CENTERVILLE — As always, match-ups between Centerville and Albia are entertaining to say the least.
A packed Lakeview gymnasium witnessed what wound-up being a 65-49 win for the Centerville Big Reds. While the score shows a win by a 16-point margin, the Big Reds had to earn it against a similarly-matched Albia Blue Demon team on Tuesday.
The first five minutes featured five lead changes as Centerville grew a lead no bigger than five points over Albia. Over the final three minutes of the first quarter, Centerville kept the lead, but the Big Reds only took a 13-10 lead into the second quarter.
Centerville would outscore the Albia Blue Demons 21-12 in the second quarter, as the Reds took what appeared to be a commanding 34-22 lead into the second half.
The Blue Demons, however, had other plans.
Albia went on a 10-2 run in the first three and a half minutes of the second half, cutting the Big Reds’ lead down to just four points.
Albia’s Matt Baker hit a three pointer with 2:17 left in the third quarter, to narrow Centerville’s lead to 36-35. The Blue Demons would never take the lead, but they would tie the game twice before Centerville began to regain their offensive strength.
Garrett Faris hit a two point shot with 6:54 left in the game. He was fouled while making the shot and made his ensuing free throw to complete a three point play. Those points broke a tie and gave Centerville a 45-42 lead.
Albia’s Blake Bayer hit a two point shot to again cut Centerville’s lead to one point. However, back-to-back-to-back two pointers from Brett Kauzarlich, Faris and Michael Starcevich gave Centerville a seven point lead.
A two pointer by Kolton Gonnerman with 2:20 left gave Centerville their first double-digit lead of the second half. Centerville would extend their lead to 16 points in the final two minutes to eventually take the 65-49 victory.