The Melcher-Dallas Saints had high hopes of being in the mix for the Blue Grass Conference title this year and one of the teams they hoped to conquer would be the Eagles of Ankeny Christian Academy. The Eagles paid a visit to home of the Saints Friday night and blew past the Saints like a Texas tornado in a 79-29 win.
In the first three minutes of the game the Saints used a three point basket and a driving layup by Jacob Russell to forge a 5-5 tie. Then it all broke loose as the Eagles finished the first quarter with a stunning 27-5 run to take a 32-10 lead. In that run the up tempo Eagles used four threes and numerous baskets in transition.
The onslaught continued in the second stanza as Ankeny Christian ripped off a 10-0 run to open the quarter.
They hit two more threes in that run giving them eight long balls for the first half. The only points the Saints could muster in the period would be a trey and an inside bucket by Ryan Krpan and a free throw by Joe Branson.
With the Eagles scoring first in the third period, the clock would be running continually due to the 35-point rule. In the second half the Saints would get threes from Emery Sage and Steven Krpan and three buckets and a free throw by Branson.
“We played well for the first three minutes,” Saint Coach Jim Wells said. “Then we missed some bunnies and it all broke loose.”
Branson led the Saints with nine points and Russell added eight. Ryan Krpan led the team in rebounds with 10, steals with two and assists with four.
Malachi Johnson led the Eagles with 18 points while Cale Leever added 16.