IOWA FALLS - The St. Edmond boys basketball team fell just short of pulling off a huge upset here Friday night, dropping a tight 47-44 North Central Conference decision to No. 2 (Class 3A) Iowa Falls-Alden.
Despite leading by seven points at the half, the Gaels (6-3 overall, 5-3 NCC) were outscored 28-18 over the final two quarters.
"I was really proud of the effort our players gave," SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. "We were down by six points with about 30 seconds left and came up with a couple of big steals.
"Our guys could've easily folded the tent once they fell behind."
Robby Burke, a junior, delivered a career-high 24 points and eight rebounds for the Gaels, who saw their three-game win streak snapped in the loss.
"Robby did a good job of finishing down low," Kochendorfer said. "His teammates also deserve some credit for getting him the ball at the right times."
IOWA FALLS-ALDEN 47, ST. EDMOND 44
Iowa Falls-Alden - Kort Redmond 7 1-2 19, Casey Schlatter 5 5-9 16, Brayden McDaniel 3 0-2 6, Parker Reynolds 2 0-0 5, Nick Jensen 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17 7-15 47.
St. Edmond - Robby Burke 10 4-5 24, David Flattery 5 0-0 13, Aaron McElroy 1 0-0 2, Eddie Doyle 1 0-0 2, Alex Mericle 0 1-2 1, Landon Peed 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 5-7 44.
Quarter scores: Tied 11-11, SE led 26-19, 34-33. Three-point goals: Iowa Falls-Alden 6 (Redmond 4, Schlatter, Reynolds); St. Edmond 3 (Flattery 3). Total Rebounds: Iowa Falls-Alden 19, St. Edmond 20.
Senior David Flattery recorded 13 points, three steals and three assists for St. Edmond, while classmate Alex Mericle collected five boards and five assists.
Kort Redmond (19) and Div. I prospect Casey Schlatter (16) combined for 35 points for the unbeaten and league-leading Cadets (7-0, 7-0). Schlatter entered Friday's contest as the top scorer in 3A, averaging 24.9 points a night.
"We made Schlatter work for everything he got with a little (double-team defensive) help here and there," said Kochendorfer. "Redmond kind of got loose, though, in the third quarter and made some big baskets."
The Gaels actually made one more field-goal (18-17) than Iowa Falls-Alden and held a slight advantage (20-19) on the boards.
After the winter break, SEHS returns to the court Jan. 4 at Eagle Grove.