Gael boys rally for win
IOWA FALLS — With Nick Collison watching on, the St. Edmond boys scored a come-from-behind victory over Iowa Falls-Alden here Friday night, 56-49.
“In the second quarter, we weren’t playing very well,” said St. Edmond head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “We kept scrapping and getting on the floor and we were able to cut the lead to two by working hard.
“In the second half, we were a lot more patient with the ball and had good ball reversal with four to six passes.”
Andrew Gibb scored 36 points to lead the Gaels, who are now 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the North Central Conference.
Mitchell Rasmussen and Jackson Kochendorfer each added eight as St. Edmond won for the second consecutive night on the road.
Newell and Kochendorfer both had seven rebounds for the Gaels.
Rasmussen, Jed Tracy and Andrew Gibb had four assists each.
St. Edmond had a season-low eight turnovers in the contest.
“A lot of Andrew’s points came off of ball reversal,” Kochendorfer said. “He had some good looks and with those ball reversals it was able to get some shots for Mitchell and Jackson, who knocked done a couple of threes.”
Prior to the tip, the Cadets honored Collison and the back-to-back 1998-99 state championship teams. Collison was born in Fort Dodge before moving Iowa Falls.
The Cadets led 19-11 after one as Luke Haverkamp scored 10, and held a slim 25-23 advantage at halftime. Gibb, though, posted 25 of his game-high points over the final 16 minutes, including 14 in the third quarter.
St. Edmond’s lead was cut to 50-49 after a made 3-pointer by Iowa Falls-Alden, but they scored the final six points of the game to seal the road win.
The Gaels return to action on Tuesday when they host Hampton-Dumont.
ST. EDMOND 56,
IOWA FALLS-ALDEN 49
St. Edmond — Andrew Gibb 36, Mitchell Rasmussen 8, Jackson Kochendorfer 8, Jed Tracy 4 .
Iowa Falls-Alden — Logan Aldinger 21, Luke Haverkamp 16, Tim Long 5, Nolan Frohwein 3, Blake Janssen 1.
Quarter scores: IF-A led, 25-23, SE led 39-36.