In a match-up of conference title winners, the 5th-ranked in Class 2A South Central Calhoun boys basketball team took the lead for good midway in the 3rd quarter in their 86-72 victory over Storm Lake Friday night in Rockwell City.
The Tornadoes were on top for most of the 1st half, and built a lead as big as ten. SCC ended the 1st half on a 9-0 run to take a 30-28 lead.
The lead changed hands four times during the 3rd quarter, with Storm Lake leading by as much as five. The Titans went ahead 42-40, and led from there on out, as they were up 51-46 going to the 4th. Storm Lake got within 54-52 early in the 4th, and were still within 60-56 with under five minutes left. Soon after that, the Tornadoes remained within striking distance, down 67-62, but SCC then went on a 6-0 run, and Storm Lake could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Mach Nyaw led Storm Lake (13-6) with 26 points, including 20 in the 2nd half. Cham Deng was next in line with 15, and Mark Eddie tallied 14 2nd half points.
South Central Calhoun (20-1) set a new season high in points, as they were paced by Zane Neubaum with 30. Matthew Clark had 15, and Jared Birks added 14. SCC went 28 for 32 shooting free throws, with Clark going 12 for 12.
Storm Lake has another big challenge in store, as they’ll take on 7th-ranked in 4A Sioux City East at Tornado Fieldhouse on Tuesday.
South Central Calhoun will host either Greene County or Southeast Valley in a district semifinal next Thursday.