HUTCHINSON — Little River was given all it could handle by Central Christian Tuesday night, but the Redskins hung on for the 79-71 road win.
The boys’ game looked to be a similar blowout to the girls’ game preceding it, which Little River had won 61-17, as the Redskins were up 17-9 after the first quarter.
However, the Cougars refused to be put away, as they trailed by only two at the half, 36-34. That only seemed to inspire Little River heading into the second half, however, as the Redskins outscored Central Christian in the third quarter 24-10, leading 60-44 with what should have been a comfortable lead going into the final period.
The Cougars managed to creep back into the game in the fourth, but ran out of time, falling 79-71.
Little River hosts Ell-Saline on Friday.
CANTON — Ell-Saline utilized a balanced attack on both sides of the ball to defeat the Canton-Galva boys 42-18 Tuesday night.
The Eagles were held to a single bucket during the first half, as Ell-Saline held a 23-2 advantage at the half and 38-9 after three quarters.
No single Cardinal reached double digits, though Lucas Base came close at nine points, followed by Garrett Walker at eight. Bryan Little had six for Canton-Galva.
The Eagles fall to 0-4 on the year, while Ell-Saline improves to 3-2. Canton-Galva hosts Marion Friday night.
Smoky Valley 27
LYONS — Smoky Valley led through the half, but a pesky Lyons boys’ basketball team refused to be put away before coming back to win 38-27.
The Vikings controlled the first two quarters, leading 10-7 after one period and 17-12 heading into the locker room at the half. However, the Lions went on an 11-2 run in the third quarter to claim the lead and kept the momentum going through the fourth quarter.
Lyons’ Matthew Vincent led all scorers with 22 points, the only player to achieve double digits. Andy Osner led the Vikings with nine points.
Smoky Valley falls to 1-4 on the season, while Lyons improves to 3-2.
The Vikings are at home Friday in a league match up with Sterling.