ADEL — The Ballard boys’ basketball team was too slow out of the gate to keep up with Adel-Desoto-Minburn in a 69-54 loss to the Tigers Friday at Adel.


Ballard fell behind 26-12 after one quarter and couldn’t recover, thanks to hot shooting and strong rebounding by ADM. ADM shot 50 percent from the field and made 10 of 22 3-pointers, and the Tigers also posted a huge 41-22 rebounding advantage.


Max Olsan scored 20 points and Chase Winterboer put up 11 points and three assists for the Bombers, who fell to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the Raccoon River Conference.


Connor Drew and Henry Thompson added eight points apiece and Kegan Odden chipped in six points and two blocks.


ADM improved to 1-1. Koby Hardcastle drained six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, Nate Mueller had 14 points and six assists and Tate Stine-Smith finished with 13 points and four assists for the Tigers.


ADM 69, Ballard 54


B 12 12 9 21 — 54


ADM 26 14 18 11 — 69


Ballard (54) - Max Olsan 6-15 7-7 20, Chase Winterboer 4-11 0-0 11, Connor Drew 4-8 0-1 8, Henry Thompson 3-3 1-5 8, Kegan Odden 2-4 2-2 6, Mason Murphy 0-2 1-2 1, Isaiah Deason 0-3 0-0 0, Reece Huen 0-3 0-0 0, Nic Edwards 0-1 0-0 0, Drake Wunder 0-0 0-0 0, Seth Wohlgemuth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-50 11-17 54. 3-point field goals (5): Winterboer 3, Olsan, Thompson. Rebounds (22): Drew 4. Assists (10): Winterboer 3. Steals (4): Thompson 2. Blocks (3): Odden 2. Fouls: 15.


ADM (69) - Koby Hardcastle 7-15 0-0 20, Nate Mueller 5-10 2-2 14, Tate Stine-Smith 5-7 2-5 13, Caden Mager 3-5 0-0 7, Dylan Anderson 3-5 0-0 6, Lucas Heitz 3-3 0-0 6, Nathan Conrad 1-4 0-0 2, Wesley Evers 0-1 1-2 1, Tom Boom 1-1 0-0 2, Nicholas Bradshaw 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Joe Finnegan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 27-53 5-9 69. 3-point field goals (10): Hardcastle 6, Mueller 2, Stine-Smith, Mager. Rebounds (41): Hardcastle 8. Assists (13): Mueller 6. Steals (2): Stine-Smith, Heitz. Blocks (1): Evers. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Conrad.


HUXLEY — Ballard entered the 2018-19 boys’ basketball season knowing it was going to need some extra support for top returning scorers Connor Drew and Chase Winterboer.


The Bombers are hoping to contend for the Raccoon River Conference championship. In order for that to happen, they will need to find some scoring help for Winterboer and Drew, who combined to average 26.1 points last season.


On Nov. 27, Max Olsan and Mason Murphy provided that extra punch on offense — and then some. They combined for 35 points to help Ballard knock off Norwalk, a Class 3A state qualifier a year ago, by a 69-66 score in its season opener at Huxley.


“We played really hard,” Olsan said. “A lot of credit to the team. We played really hard defense at the end and we just kept battling the whole game.”


Drew was a force down low against the Warriors, posting 21 points and 16 rebounds, going against Iowa football recruit Tyler Endres. But he needed help on the perimeter after Norwalk did a great job containing Winterboer — limiting him to just three points.


Enter Olsan and Murphy.


After averaging just 4.8 points last year, Olsan went off for a career-high 24 points.


“Max has been one of our more consistent guys through the first two weeks of practice,” Ballard head boys’ basketball coach Chris Deason said. “I know he was probably a little frustrated with our two scrimmages because he didn’t show how good he’s been. But tonight — that’s how he’s been practicing. We get to see that every day, so that’s kind of fun for him to show everybody else.”


Olsan made four 3-pointers and was 6 of 7 from the line. He did most of his damage in the second half, putting up 16 points to help Ballard overcome a 34-26 halftime deficit.


“A lot of credit to my teammates — they got me ready,” Olsan said. “They found me open — it’s easier to make shots that are wide open.”


Following a technical foul on Norwalk with 1:07 left in the fourth quarter, Olsan was a perfect 4 of 4 from the line to help Ballard stretch a slim 61-60 lead into a 69-63 advantage and ice the game.


Murphy made a splash in his first varsity start with 11 points. He scored seven points in the second half.


“I was a little bit nervous,” Murphy said. “But we got it done.”


Murphy had the daunting task of guarding Norwalk star guard Bowen Born. Murphy and senior Reece Huen shared the duties of trying to contain Born, who scorched the Bombers for 38 points.


“He’s a real special kid,” Murphy said. “He can drive it, he can shoot it — he was really tough to guard.”


Deason was proud of the effort Murphy and Huen gave against Born. Born was held to 13 points over the final 16 minutes after putting up 25 in the first half.


“Mason’s biggest attribute is he’s such a competitor,” Deason said. “I thought he did a great job just competing against one of the state’s best players. Between him and Reece Huen — I know (Born) had a bucketful of points — but those two guys, they played as hard as you can play on him.”


Born ended up making just 2 of 8 3-pointers, 8 of 13 free throws and he had three turnovers.


Isaiah Deason added three points, five assists and four rebounds for Ballard. Winterboer also chipped in four rebounds and three assists, Henry Thompson scored four points and Kegan Odden finished with three points and four rebounds.


Endres had seven points and 10 rebounds and Carson Raper seven points and nine boards for Norwalk.


Ballard 69, Norwalk 66


N 16 18 15 17 — 66


B 13 13 25 18 — 69


Norwalk (66) - Bowen Born 14-25 8-13 38, Tyler Endres 2-3 3-9 7, Carson Raper 1-4 4-4 7, Tyler Johnson 2-12 2-2 7, Scott Anderson 2-9 0-0 6, Blake Chittenden 0-1 1-2 1, Liam Buckley 0-0 0-0 0, Carter Funk 0-1 0-0 0, Nate Lane 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Rohrer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-55 18-30 66. 3-point field goals (6): Born 2, Anderson 2, Raper, Johnson. Rebounds (35): Endres 10. Assists (3): Raper 2. Steals (6): Born 2, Anderson 2. Blocks: None. Fouls: 24.


Ballard (69) - Max Olsan 7-13 6-7 24, Connor Drew 8-16 5-8 21, Mason Murphy 2-6 7-9 11, Henry Thompson 1-2 2-2 4, Isaiah Deason 1-6 1-2 3, Chase Winterboer 1-2 0-2 3, Kegan Odden 1-3 1-6 3, Reece Huen 0-0 0-0 0, Nic Edwards 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-49 22-36 69. 3-point field goals (5): Olsan 4, Winterboer. Rebounds (41): Drew 16. Assists (11): Deason 5. Steals (2): Deason, Winterboer. Blocks (1): Drew. Fouls: 24. Fouled out: Deason.