HUXLEY - The Ballard boys’ basketball team broke out of a small funk with a thrilling 63-61 victory over Adel-Desoto-Minburn in two overtimes Jan. 17 at Huxley.


The Bombers trailed by eight early in the fourth quarter, but rallied to tie the game at 50-50 on a Connor Drew free throw with 22 seconds left. ADM’s Dylan Anderson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with one second left to send the game in to overtime.


Drew dominated the first overtime, scoring Ballard’s first six points. But he fouled out with 1:14 to go.


ADM tied the score at 56-56 on a Nathan Conrad basket. Kale Krogh tried to answer for Ballard at the buzzer, but he was just off the mark.


In the second overtime, ADM led 57-56 late, but Reece Huen scored off a steal to put Ballard in front with 1:25 to go. Nic Edwards followed with two free throws to put Ballard up three.


Nathan Mueller hit a basket to get ADM back within one. But Chase Winterboer hit three clutch free throws down the stretch to help Ballard hold off the Tigers.


“The whole night they had us down,” Winterboer said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our guys for sticking with it.”


The win snapped a three-game losing skid for Ballard. It put the Bombers at 9-5 overall and 5-3 in the Raccoon River Conference.


“We really needed this win to get us back in our groove,” Drew said. “We’ve been off for awhile, but this one is really gonna help us out.”


Ballard survived nine ADM 3-pointers by outrebounding the Tigers, 38-33, forcing 16 turnovers and holding a slight 44 to 40-percent shooting edge from the field. The Bombers also had the edge at the line, making 11 of 18 free throws to Norwalk’s poor 6 of 14 showing.


Drew put up a game-high 26 for the Bombers. He made 11 of 20 field goals and also pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked one shot.


“They couldn’t really get us inside,” Drew said. “But they didn’t want to double-team because then we could kick it out to Chase and our shooters. So we just kept pounding them inside.”


Winterboer went for 16 points, six assists and three steals. He made three 3-pointers and was 3 of 4 from the line.


Mason Murphy ended up with seven points and five assists for Ballard. Max Olsan had six points and two steals and Reece Huen four points and two steals.


ADM fell to 7-6 overall and 5-3 in the conference. Mueller tallied 20 points and four assists, Jaxson Millsap netted 13 points and Conrad ended up posting a double-double for the Tigers with 12 points and 14 rebounds.


Ballard 63, ADM 61 (2 OTs)


ADM 20 12 16 2 6 5 - 61


B 18 12 12 8 6 7 - 63


ADM (61) - Nate Mueller 7-23 2-3 20, Jaxson Millsap 5-9 0-1 13, Nathan Conrad 5-8 2-4 12, Tate Stine-Smith 2-3 1-2 7, Dylan Anderson 2-4 1-4 5, Wesley Evers 1-3 0-0 2, Caden Mager 1-4 0-0 2, Koby Hardcastle 0-2 0-0 0, Lucas Heitz 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 23-57 6-14 61. 3-point field goals (9): Mueller 4, Millsap 3, Stine-Smith 2. Rebounds (33): Conrad 14. Assists (14): Mueller 4. Steals (8): Mueller 2, Conrad 2, Stine-Smith 2. Blocks (2): Anderson, Evers. Fouls: 20.


Ballard (63) - Connor Drew 11-20 3-4 26, Chase Winterboer 5-13 3-4 16, Mason Murphy 2-9 3-4 7, Max Olsan 2-3 0-2 6, Reece Huen 2-3 0-0 4, Isaiah Deason 1-2 0-0 2, Nic Edwards 0-0 2-2 2, Kale Krogh 0-2 0-2 0. Totals: 23-52 11-18 63. 3-point field goals (6): Winterboer 3, Olsan 2, Drew. Rebounds (38): Drew 10. Assists (13): Winterboer 6. Steals (10): Winterboer 3. Blocks (1): Drew. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: Drew, Murphy.


HARLAN - Ballard couldn’t overcome a huge discrepancy at the foul line in a 59-54 loss to Harlan Jan. 15 at Harlan.


The Bombers only got to the line eight times, compared to 33 for the Cyclones. Harlan converted 21 of those free throws and that proved to be the difference.


Ballard dropped to 8-5 with the loss. The Bombers trailed 30-28 at the half, fell behind by eight after three quarters and couldn’t make up the difference in the fourth quarter.


Chase Winterboer canned five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals for Ballard in a losing effort. Freshman Kale Krogh stepped up with eight points and two blocks; Connor Drew put up eight points, seven rebounds and one block and Mason Murphy added six points and four assists for the Bombers.


Harlan improved its record to 8-4. Brett Sears accounted for seven points, 17 rebounds and five assists; Johnathan Monson 16 points and five assists and Connor Bruck 14 points for the Cyclones.


Harlan 59, Ballard 54


B 16 12 8 18 - 54


H 12 18 14 15 - 59


Ballard (54) - Mason Murphy 2-5 2-2 6, Nic Edwards 2-3 0-0 5, Reece Huen 1-5 0-0 3, Chase Winterboer 6-11 0-0 17, Isaiah Deason 2-7 0-1 4, Connor Drew 3-10 2-5 8, Drake Wunder 1-3 0-0 3, Kale Krogh 4-5 0-0 8. Totals: 21-49 4-8 54. 3-point field goals (8): Winterboer 5, Edwards, Huen, Krogh. Rebounds (29): Drew 7. Assists (15): Murphy 4, Huen 4. Steals (3): Winterboer 2. Blocks (3): Krogh 2. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Drew.


Harlan (59) - Jonathan Cheek 1-1 0-0 3, Blake Goshorn 2-4 2-6 8, Brett Sears 3-10 1-3 7, Johnathan Monson 5-8 4-6 16, Michael Heithoff 2-5 2-4 7, Connor Bruck 1-3 12-14 14, Brady Wagner 0-3 0-0 0, Taymon Klinkefus 0-5 0-0 0, Jake McLaughlin 2-4 0-0 4. Totals: 16-43 21-33 59. 3-point field goals (6): Goshorn 2, Monson 2, Cheek, Heithoff. Rebounds (33): Sears 17. Assists (13): Sears 5, Monson 5. Steals (3): Bruck 2. Blocks (1): Wagner. Fouls: 13.