Pella Christian wasn’t able to hold on to a 19-point lead in the third quarter or a 13-point advantage in the fourth as they eventually suffered a heart-breaking 60-59 win to Indianola Friday night at home.
It could be marked up as one that got away.
It was Homecoming 2020 at PC. A nice crowd filled the gymnasium.
The inspired Eagles raced to a quick 12-2 lead and expanded it to 20-6 at the close of the first quarter.
Dan Jungling had seven of the PC points in the opening quarter.
The Eagle advantage grew to 16 points in the second quarter before the Indians sliced it to 33-22 at halftime.
Tyce Johnson was the offensive leader for the Indians as he had 10 at the break. Jack Vermeer had nine for PC and Josh Van Gorp eight for the Eagles at halftime.
Coach Larry Hessing’s Eagles moved the needle to a bulging lead of 50-31 in the third quarter.
Perhaps the turning point in the game was the Indians outscoring the Eagles 11-2 to end the quarter.
PC still led 52-42 entering the fourth, but it gave Indianola some new life and hopes of pulling off the road win.
The lead was 13, 58-45 early in the fourth, but the Indians went on a tear to outscore the Eagles 15-1 to end the game.
It was enough for the Indians to gain the slim 60-59 win at the end of the night.
With 52 seconds left Indianola’s Drew Kingery tied the game with a 3-ball. That put the score at 59-59.
Two Pella Christian turnovers in the final minute of play helped the Indians gain the lead at 60-59 on a free throw by AJ Toigo with 7.2 seconds left.
The Eagles were called on a five second ball trying to inbound the ball with 3.4 seconds. That turnover took away PC’s chance at some final second heroics.
The only lead of the night for Indianola came with 7.2 seconds left.
PC was led offensively by Van Gorp with 15 points. He also pulled in 14 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Jack Vermeer also had 15 points off his fast start in the first half.
Keean Cadwell and Dan Jungling also had 10 points for PC. Cadwell also had six rebounds and four assists. Vermeer had five assists.
Rounding out the PC offense for the night were Jase Amelse with five points and Ryan Vande Haar with four.
Tyce Johnson was the Indianola star with 22 points and three blocked shots.
Toigo was the only other player in double digits with 10.
PC was just under 50 percent shooting hitting 22-of-47 field goals.
At the foul line the Eagles were 9-of-10.
It proved to be turnovers against the press and speeding up the PC offense in half-court that proved costly.
PC charts showed the Eagles with 22 turnovers, a majority of them coming in the final quarter.
Odds and Ends
PC fell to 9-6 overall and 4-5 in the Little Hawkeye. The Indians moved into a tie for first in the league at 7-2 along with Norwalk. The Indians improved to 12-3 overall.
PC travels to Grimes to face Dallas Center-Grimes Friday night.