The task was monumental, but Pella Christian was up to the challenge when they faced the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A on the road Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The Eagles shook up the Little Hawkeye Conference race with a stunning upset win 71-68 over the Warriors.
Norwalk features Bown Born, a 5’11” senior guard, who leads the state in scoring with 40 points per game.
Born, who is bound for UNI on a basketball scholarship after graduation, was at the top of his game offensively against PC buy dropping in a season high 55 points.
He hit 19-of-33 field goal attempts, which included 8-of-17 from 3-point range.
At the foul line he was 9-of-11.
All of Born’s accomplishments against the Eagles wasn’t enough.
Tyler Johnson was next in the scoring department for Norwalk with nine points.
PC rallied from a 17-10 deficit in the first quarter to tie the game at halftime 33-33.
At the end of the three quarters a wild finish was assured. PC led 51-50 entering the final eight minutes of play.
Pella Christian countered Born’s one-man act with a balanced team approach offensively, that proved to be enough to pull off the win.
Josh Van Gorp was 7-of-9 from the floor en route to scoring 15 points overall. He finished with a double-double by also latching on to 16 rebounds, six at the offensive end of the court.
Dan Jungling and Jack Vermeer each had 13 points for PC and Ryan Vande Haar chipped in with 12 points.
Keean Cadwell was close to double digits with eight points and he too pulled in 10 big rebounds.
Isaiah Gritters filled in for Van Gorp on the front line for some rest and he hit for six points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Pella Christian had a decisive edge on the boards 44 to 17. PC had 17 offensive rebounds during the game.
In the assist department PC spread the ball around well as Cadwell had six and Vande Haar five.
Pella Christian improved to 9-5 overall and to 4-4 in the Little Hawkeye Conference.
Norwalk fell to 11-3 overall and to 7-2 in the league. The loss snapped a seven game winning streak for the Warriors.
The Eagles are coached by Larry Hessing.