COUNCIL BLUFFS — With its unblemished record on the line at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 4-A No. 9 Sioux City East saved its best for last.

Aidan Vanderloo led the charge as the Black Raiders erupted for 33 fourth-quarter points to earn a 73-66 come-from-behind win over the Lynx to remain unbeaten at 9-0.

Vanderloo poured in 26 points, Sayvion Armstrong scored 15 and Jaleque Dunson added 12 for East.

Hunter Hendrix led Abraham Lincoln with 20 points while Jadin Johnson had 18 and freshman Josh Dix scored 13.

East coach Ras Vanderloo said his team was forced to battle all game.

“Give credit to A.L. for taking us out of some of the things we do. Getting a road win down here is never easy, and it proved it tonight. It was a hard one to get,” Vanderloo said.

The Black Raiders led 18-11 after the first possession of the second quarter and looked like they might pull away.

Lynx coach Jason Isaacson, who was thrown out of the game after receiving his second technical foul with 2:01 remaining, said he thought his team was stagnant at the outset.

“First game after break, I think we were a little fatigued. Sluggish start, and you say it, but we were off for three weeks, and it looked like it to start the game,” Isaacson said.

“We were scoring. We just weren’t really at the level that we needed to be at defensively.”

But the Lynx exploited East turnovers to climb back to lead 30-28 at halftime.

The Black Raiders committed 14 turnovers in the first half. They coughed up the ball just three times in the second half.

“We were a lot better in the second half than in the first,” their coach said. “Part of it was unforced turnovers and part of it was forced. We’ve just got to take care of the ball.”

Isaacson said it was a good test for his team, which dropped to 6-3 and saw its five-game winning streak snapped.

“We got better tonight. We wanted to win, obviously. But the effort went up a notch. That’s a game to build on for sure effortwise, and we’ve just got to clean up some things,” Isaacson said.

A.L. took a 43-40 lead to the fourth quarter before getting outscored 33-23 the rest of the way.

Sioux City East (9-0)..................16 12 12 33—73

At CB Abraham Lincoln (6-3).......11 19 13 23—66

SCE: Aidan Vanderloo 26, Jaleque Dunson 12, Daniel Callahan, Sayvion Armstrong 15, Jack Peterson 5, Javonte Keck 9.

CBAL: Jadin Johnson 18, Josh Dix 13, Matthew Evans 9, Kaden Baxter 2, Hunter Hendrix 20, Andrew Christensen 2, Noah Sandbothe 2.

Sioux City East girls 59, CB Abraham Lincoln 46

Sioux City East’s Nyamer Diew scored 19 points and Katlynn Tucker added 12 more to lead the Black Raiders.

East did it with defense in the second half, forcing nine Lynx turnovers in the third quarter and outscoring Lincoln 22-12 in the period after leading 25-24 at halftime.

The Black Raiders, who improved to 6-3, held a 12-10 advantage in the fourth quarter.

The Lynx fell to 7-3 with the loss.

Sioux City East (6-3)...................12 13 22 12—59

At CB Abraham Lincoln (7-3)........14 10 12 10—46

SCE: Kyley Vondrak 3, Kennedy McCloy 7, Madilyn VanDyke 4, Laken Gardner 5, Rylee Irwin 4, Nyamer Diew 19, Kaia Downs, Taylor Drent 2, Katlynn Tucker 12, Megan Callahan 3.

CBAL: Jillian Shanks 17, Alexis Pomernackas 3, Julia Wagoner 2, Lucy Turner 14, Baylie Girres 2, Kayla Schleifman 42.

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