The Cardinal boys’ basketball team traveled to Van Buren Friday night for a Southeast Iowa Super Conference double-header with the girl’s squad.
The host Warriors jumped out to a 14-7 lead after eight minutes, however, the Comets came back and out scored their hosts 12-8 in the second period, leaving the score at the half, 22-19 in favor of the Warriors.
Van Buren took a six point lead into the final quarter after holding another offensive edge in the third, out pacing Cardinal 14-11. Both teams picked up the pace in the fourth and combined for 35 points, with the Warriors netting 20 of those tallies for the 11 point victory.
Freshman Landon Becker came off the bench to lead the Comets with 12 points to go with his five rebounds and two assists. Fellow ninth-grader Griffen Greiner was second in scoring with 11 points, along with six rebounds, four steals and four assists. Trey Albert had eight points, Ben Clark six, Jarrett Greiner five and Jentry Arbogast had three to round out the scoring for Cardinal.
Cardinal at Moravia
The home team out scored the Comets 23-14 and 19-8 in the first half to hold a 20-point halftime lead that proved to be too much for visiting Cardinal to come back from. The Red, White and Black started with a small advantage, scoring 10 points in the third period while only allowing nine. Then the Comets went off for 30 points while only surrendering 18 over the final eight minutes, leaving the deficit at just seven when the time ran out on the comeback.
Cardinal is now 0-3 and will host WACO tonight before heading to West Burlington on Friday. Van Buren is 1-1 and will travel to Central Lee this evening and host Danville on Friday.