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Gael boys rally for road win as Gibb scores 40

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Andrew Gibb of St. Edmond shoots around Southeast Valley Aaron Graves on Tuesday in Gowrie

GOWRIE — The St. Edmond boys again put together a solid second half to overcome a slow start and senior all-stater Andrew Gibb had a career night seal the victory on Tuesday.

The Gaels (2-1 overall) trailed 38-36 at halftime, but rallied for their second straight win in their third straight road assignment, 76-64.

“They are a good team (Southeast Valley),” said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “Our rotations on our defense were really good. We responded on that end (in the second half).”

Gibb, who tied his career high in the Gaels last contest at Hampton-Dumont with 32 points, set a new personal mark with 40 against the Jaguars.

“Honestly my teammates and coaches put me in position to make plays,” Gibb said. “The points are nice, but winning a game like this on the road is much more rewarding to me.”

Gibb also finished the contest with five rebounds and three steals.

“Andrew was able to get to the rim,” Kochendorfer said. “We did a good job of being patient and reversing the ball to him and got him some lanes to drive.”

In the second half, the Gaels out-scored the Jaguars 40-26 to earn the victory.

“The first half was kind of tough,” Gibb said. “We made the proper adjustments and really rallied around each other.”

Jackson Kochendorfer also reached double digits for the Gaels with 12. Drew Schaeffer added nine and Sean Newell had eight.

Sean Newell had six rebounds and Kochendorfer added five.

Freshman Aaron Graves led the Jaguars (1-2) with 18 points. Carter Lane also reached double figures with 12 and Nyles Johnson had 11, while Jackson Housken chipped in with nine.

The Gaels are back in action on Friday when they host Webster City at 7:30 p.m. as part of a girl/boy doubleheader that begins at 6 p.m.

ST. EDMOND 76, SOUTHEAST VALLEY 64

St. Edmond — Andrew Gibb 40, Jackson Kochendorfer 12, Drew Schaeffer 9, Sean Newell 8, Jed Tracy 5, Jerris Duncan 2.

Southeast Valley — Aaron Grave 18, Nyles Johnson 11, Jackson Housken 9, Carter Lane 12, JJ Graves 6, Chase Swieter 6, Mason Ackerson 2.

Quarter scores: SV led 19-14, 38-36, 50-47.

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