The Ottumwa Courier

January 24, 2014

Big threes by Bengtson leads Chariton past Albia in OT

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ALBIA — Christian Bengtson scored eight points in overtime, including a pair of big 3-pointers, as the Chariton boys basketball team avenged a home loss that needed four extra minutes earlier this season by besting Albia, 68-62, in the second overtime game of the season between the two South Central Conference contenders.

The win edged Chariton ahead of the Blue Demons by half a game in the SCC standings. Both the Chargers and Centerville finished Friday night with one conference loss each, one less than the Blue Demons as Albia took their second-straight loss in conference play. Centerville won at Albia last Friday, 65-57.

T.J. Hockenson and Matt Baker, who became Albia’s all-time leading scorer on Friday, went toe-to-toe through the opening half. Hockenson and Baker both scored 14 points to lead the Chargers and Blue Demons, respectively, in the first half as Chariton edged ahead of Albia 33-32 at halftime thanks to three 3-pointers by Bengtson.

Daric Laing gave Chariton the lead back with a long 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter. Hockenson followed with a shot in the post to put the Chargers up 52-48.

Albia battled back and regained the lead on a Victor Sanders conventional three-point play with under three minutes left. Hockenson nailed a pair of go-ahead free throws with 1:54 left to give Chariton a 54-53 lead.

Albia forced a turnover with 22 seconds to go after missing a potential go-ahead jumper. Hugen’s drive for a go-ahead basket, however, led to a charge drawn by T.J. Hockenson.

The ensuing inbounds pass by the Chargers, however, went off the leg of Daric Laing resulting in a turnover with 7.1 seconds left. Albia took advantage as Tanner Wynn picked up a loose ball in the post and drew a foul on Hockenson with 0.6 seconds left. After making the first of the one-and-one to tie the game, Wynn’s potential winning free thrown rattled out to send the game into overtime.

Bengtson helped Chariton open a four-point lead midway through the overtime period. Up 63-60 entering the final minute of overtime, Bengtson drilled his second 3-pointer of the extra period to double the Chargers lead.

Both teams are back on the floor today. Albia (10-4, 4-2) heads to Grinnell while Chariton (9-3, 4-1) travels to Knoxville.

Sigourney falls to Montezuma

SIGOURNEY — Blaine Gretter scored a game-high 15 points for the Sigourney boys basketball team, which fell just short of a South Iowa Cedar League win on Friday night against Montezuma. Siraj Thomason led three Braves in double figures with 14 points as Montezuma pulled away in the final three minutes for a 62-52 win over the Savages.

“We were down one shooting at the line to try to tie the game with three minutes left, but we just couldn’t make the plays we needed to make to win that game,” Sigourney head coach Mitch Eslick said. “It was really a game that could have gone either way.”

Sigourney (3-11, 3-11) will travel to North Mahaska for an SICL area matchup on Tuesday night.

Montezuma 62, Sigourney 52

Montezuma 18 11 17 16 — 62

Sigourney 17 15 12 8 — 52

Sigourney (52) — Blaine Gretter 15, Kevin Weber 12, Jordan Albert 9, Colton Powers 7, Colby Kerkove 5, Peyton Crawford 3. Totals 16 FG 15-25 52

3-point goals — 5 (Albert 2, Crawford, Kerkove, Powers). Fouled out — Crawford, Weber. Rebounds — 31 (Gretter 10). Total fouls — 17. Turnovers — 13.

Ferretti races Fairfield past Washington

FAIRFIELD — One week after providing the Fairfield boys basketball team with a dramatic conference win, junior Federico Ferretti made sure the Trojans didn’t have to sweat out the final seconds on Friday against Washington. Ferretti scored 29 points before fouling out to lead the Trojans to an easy 72-53 Southeast Conference win over Washington one week after hitting a last-second shot in a 49-48 SEC triumph over Mount Pleasant.

Fairfield (8-7, 3-3) is back in action on Monday at home against Williamsburg.