Pioneers fall to Warriors in barnburner
Okoboji lost a high-scoring contest Friday in Sioux Center. The Pioneers fell 76-65 to the Warriors in Siouxland Conference boys basketball action.
"Despite the end result, we feel like the guys have played with some good intensity the past couple games," Okoboji coach Ryan Stumbo said. "We just need to keep working hard on defense to limit big quarters and continue to compete hard on that end of the ball. Some credit just needs to be given to Sioux Center as their players made some nice athletic plays and moves. They made us work to keep them in front and protect the rim. We are really proud of our guys for the improvements we have shown compared to when we first played them the very first game of the year. We saw some nice balanced scoring tonight, which was great and had some really gritty stretches of defense that we will need to build off of going into our next game against Sheldon."
The Pioneers fell behind 27-18 after one quarter of play but sliced into the Warriors' advantage with a 19-13 score in the second, making it a 40-37 Sioux Center lead at the half.
Out of the break, the Warriors took control of the game with a 22-9 score in the third to take a 62-46 lead into the final stanza. There, the Pioneers continued to chip away at the deficit, closing to within eight points, but the Warriors stymied the comeback attempt to hold on for the 11-point victory.
Lucas Lorenzen led the Pioneers with 16 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and a block.
Kyle Martin had 16 points — including four three-pointers. Jamison Helmers had 14 points and four rebounds. Cris Halbur had 12 points for the Pioneers.
Cade Bleeker and Kayden Glade led Sioux Center with 22 points each.
With the loss, the Pioneers fell to 4-9 overall and 3-7 in conference play.
Okoboji returned to action Tuesday, Jan. 15, at home against Sheldon. The Pioneers will travel to Rock Valley on Friday, Jan. 18, before heading to Orange City to take on MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 22.