The Almena-Northern Valley Huskies beat the Elyria Christian School Eagles Saturday night 63-52, winning the 1A DII State Basketball championship.
Senior Tyler Thiessen led the Eagles with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and five assists, each of which was a team-best Saturday night. Junior Caleb Froese had 13 points and six rebounds.
“Thiessen has been consistent for four years, but his senior year he started playing with a little edge and that was exciting to witness. He is a special talent, and was a great leader for our younger players,” Eagles head coach Zach Goodrich said.
For the Huskies, junior Riley Sides had a game-high 24 points, also recording six rebounds. Junior Caden Bach shot 6 of 7 from the field and 3 of 5 from the free-throw line for 15 points and 10 rebounds.
"We had to beat a pretty good team there," Huskies head coach Chuck Fessenden said.
Fessenden said the Eagles were a tough, specifically Thiessen. Froese was another one who gave the Huskies fits.
"(Froese) was taking us down low and posting us hard, especially earlier in the game," Fessenden said. "They started hurting us, he was getting fouls. We went zone a little bit and they hit some 3's and then we switched it back up, went back to man-to-man."
Northern Valley led by as many as 16 points, but only led by five after the first quarter. The second and third quarter was even, with each team scoring 14 points in the second and 12 in the third.
With the win, the Huskies finished the season 24-1. The Eagles end their season 22-3.