The boys basketball 2A district double-header in Alta on Thursday began with a down to the wire thriller, as Pocahontas Area hung on for a 59-56 win over Emmetsburg.
The only time Poky trailed was 24-23 during the 2nd quarter, but from that point they ended the half on an 11-1 run to go up 34-25 at the break. The Indians built a lead as big as 13, but Emmetsburg was resilient, getting within 47-43 after the 3rd quarter.
The E-Hawks got as close as one late in the 4th. Pocahontas Area had multiple chances to seal the deal at the free throw line in the final minute, but came up empty. With Poky leading 58-56, Emmetsburg had the ball and called timeout with 7.9 seconds left. They missed a running shot in the lane, and Braden Ehn grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 0.2 seconds left. Ehn hit the first free throw, missed the second, but the E-Hawks didn’t have enough time to get off a shot.
Poky wound up 27 for 46 at the line, after going 13 for 18 in the 1st half. Jace Davidson went 11 for 11 at the stripe, and led the way with 22. Nathan Aljets had 16, and Nathan Hanson had 12. Aljets and Hanson combined to score 19 during the 2nd quarter. Those three shared the Wells Ag Supply of Fonda Player of the Game.
Indians Coach Brian Friesner talked after the game…
Zach Mason and Tim Geelan each had 10 for Emmetsburg, as they finished with a record of 8-14.
Pocahontas Area (14-7) will face Alta Aurelia in a district final next Tuesday night.
In the nightcap, Alta Aurelia took care of Sioux Central 62-44.
The Warriors took the lead for good midway through the 1st quarter, and led 13-10 after the 1st quarter, building a 31-19 at the half. Alta Aurelia put it out of reach with a 9-1 run to start the 3rd.
Alta Aurelia’s defense got credit for the Wells Ag Supply of Fonda Play of the Game. Tyler Hanks led the Warriors offensively with 10, and Carson Kruger had 9, followed by Jaden Henrichs and TJ Walter each with 8. The Warriors canned seven threes.
Warriors players Kruger, Henrichs, Hanks, and Coach Evan Franzmeier all spoke after the game…
Sioux Central was led by Chase Jessen with 8, and then Blake Cavanaugh and Jake Hanson both had 7. The Rebels finish at 12-10. Their seniors include Trace Blomberg, Jessen, and Zach Lundquist.
Alta Aurelia is now 17-4. The district final at Storm Lake High School at 7pm next Tuesday will be broadcast on Mix 101.7FM KAYL. Pocahontas Area defeated Alta Aurelia during the regular season 66-63.