It was a Brandon Eley dunk that seemed to shake the rust (and the rim) off the Royals in the first leg of their 4-stage journey towards Wells Fargo Arena. After trailing much of the first quarter, Eley’s rim-rocker gave the Royals a 14-11 lead and they never looked back, winning 69-29. Colo-Nesco went on a 16-2 run in the second quarter to take a 34-18 lead into the locker room. The second half defense was again phenomenal as the Royals allowed just 11 second-half points to the Blue Devils of Martensdale St Mary’s. Kudos to Bryan Angel who gave the team a big spark off the bench with 10 points, and to a great crowd on-hand tonight to cheer on the hometown team. The Royals play Grand View Park Baptist Tuesday at 7 pm in Colo. In the rest of the district, Madrid beat Iowa Christian 58-42 and Ankeny Christian beat Woodward Granger 64-45.
Scoring: Eley (24), Neuendorf (13), Angel (10), Guy (8), Larsen (6), Jamison (4), Lawson (2), Thompson (2)