IOWA CITY — One cold shooting night and one red-hot Regal proved to be a combination too difficult for the Northeast boys basketball team to overcome Friday.
Visiting Iowa City Regina, the Rebels attempted a season-high 62 shots, but was only able to hit just over a quarter of them.
Adding to Northeast’s frustrations was the play of Regina senior Masen Miller, who erupted for 33 points in the Regals’ 62-47 victory.
Despite their trouble heating up on offense, the Rebels stayed within five points (15-10) of the Regals after a quarter.
The hosts, though, began to extend their lead in the second quarter, outscoring Northeast, 17-9, to take a 32-19 lead into intermission.
The margin grew another point in the third quarter, but the Rebels pushed late, getting within seven down the stretch, but the Regals made 19 free throws to finish off the win.
Senior Dakota Stevenson had a big night, knocking down four three-pointers and pacing the Rebels with 16 points, while also grabbing five rebounds.
Judd Swanton added nine points and a team-high seven boards, while Grant Rickertsen had eight points and Trey McAleer seven (both players pulled down four rebounds).
McAleer matched his seven points with seven assists, while Dawson Rickords joined Stevenson by grabbing five rebounds.