While a winter storm stood on the states doorsteps, the Colo-Nesco boys had ice in their veins with a 57-56 double overtime victory at North Polk (3-3). These are the kinds of victories that begin to define a team, and a season. The Royals are now 7-1 as they head into the long Christmas break, with plenty of momentum for the stretch run before tournament time.
Despite foul trouble to two of the teams top players (Neuendorf and Guy both fouled out), and an illness to the teams starting center, Michael Warren, the Royals were able to claw their way to a victory behind a brilliant performance from junior guard Brandon Eley. Eley, playing on his birthday, scored a game-high 17 points, including the game-winning 3-point basket. The Royals also got key performances from Ethan Jamison (12 points), Bryan Angel (7 points), and Austin Larsen (6 points) in the last-second thriller.
Colo-Nesco remains in first place in the HOIC small-division with a 5-1 conference mark. The only loss of the season was to Prairie City Monroe (6-1). Some key January matchups to watch include a showdown with Bondurant-Farrar (4-2) on January 12 in Colo, and a rematch with North Polk on January 29th in Colo. Saturday, January 23rd is a big night as well with the induction of the 1990 State Champion team into the Colo-Nesco Hall of Pride.