The Ankeny boys’ basketball team survived a fourth-quarter rally by host Roosevelt to post a 52-47 victory in its season opener on Tuesday.
The Hawks closed out the game on a 13-7 run after Roosevelt battled back from a 12-point deficit to take a 40-39 lead with 3 minutes 10 seconds left.
“That was our experience that showed,” said Ankeny coach John Petersen. “We have so many kids back from last year’s team, and I really think that was the biggest difference in this game tonight.”
Drew Maschoff scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half. He made two free throws with 3:05 remaining to put the Hawks ahead for good, then later converted two more with 5.3 seconds to go to seal the victory.
“It was a close one, but it was a good win,” said Ankeny forward Trystan Cummins, who made a pair of 3-point goals and finished with 12 points.
Mhiyu Thomas led Roosevelt with 14 points, 11 of them in the second quarter. He rebounded his own miss and scored at the buzzer to give the Roughriders a 22-21 lead at halftime.
The Hawks then outscored Roosevelt, 16-3, in the third quarter.
“We did not play consistent tonight,” Petersen said. “We’d get up by 12 points and then we’d make some poor decisions, but then we’d rebound and get the ball back. We made it to the end.”
The two teams combined for 41 fouls and 48 free throws in the physical contest. Maschoff went 10-for-11 at the line, but finished the game with a gash under his chin.
“We expected them to be physical and take it to the basket,” Cummins said of the Roughriders. “But I think we did all right.”
The loss spoiled the debut of Roosevelt coach Charles Zanders, who left Simpson College to return to the CIML this season. He previously led Hoover to a state title.