Titan boys fall in District opener

Jared Birks (10) of the SCC varsity boys basketball team drives past a Sioux Central defender in the first round of the 2018 Class 2A district boys basketball tournament held at Manson Northwest Webster High School in Manson Monday, Feb. 12. (photo by Doug Dornath)

An early hot three-point shooting performance by Hunter Decker of Sioux Central, who finished with a game-high 25 points including a 7-for-12 shooting effort from three-point range, helped the Rebels to an 22-11 first quarter lead and the South Central Calhoun varsity boys basketball team had to play catch-up the rest of the way in its 65-57 loss a 2018 Class 2A first round district contest in Manson Monday, Feb. 13.

The Titans bowed out of the post-season with a final mark of 8-14 overall while the Rebels would take on Alta-Aurelia Thursday, Feb. 16 in Alta and be eliminated by the Warriors by a 62-44 final.

The Titans would trail at halftime 38-25, but would outscore Sioux Central 16-11 in the third period to narrow the Rebels led to only a 49-41 advantage after three periods of play.

SCC was able to narrow the point margin to six points early in the fourth quarter and had a couple of chances to narrow the lead to only a four point deficit but came up empty and the Rebels would match the Titans point-for-point in the final eight minutes of play. The Titans were led by Zane Neubaum with 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting from the field and he was 4-for-7 from the free throw line against the Rebels.

Read the full story in the Febuary 21 edition.