HUXLEY — When the pace picked up, Ballard made its move in a non-conference showdown with Gilbert Monday at Huxley.


The Bombers broke a 19-19 tie with a 13-0 run in the second quarter and never looked back, posting an impressive 72-60 victory.


“It’s absolutely amazing,” Ballard sophomore post Connor Drew said. “Crazy, crazy win.”


Kegan Odden began Ballard’s big run with a basket inside and Chase Winterboer followed with a 3-pointer. Drew scored inside, Max Olsan hit two free throws, then Odden scored two more baskets, the final one off a high-low feed from Drew.


“It all started on defense,” Ballard point guard Mason Murphy said. “We like to play at a fast-pace and they were playing fast-paced, too. We just forced some stops. It was defense that got us into our offense.”


By halftime, Ballard held a 44-27 advantage. The Bombers went up 21 points early in the third quarter, but then Gilbert settled down.


With their 3-point shots not falling, the Tigers began to attack the lane more. Jeffrey Rudman sparked a 9-0 run that was capped by a Will Turner basket to get Gilbert within 52-41 late in the third.


“Our kids played hard in the second half,” Gilbert head boys’ basketball coach B.J. Terrones said. “We scored more points in the second half.”


But that’s all the closer Gilbert could get. Ballard pushed its lead back to 16 later in the fourth and coasted the rest of the way.


“Anytime a team goes on a 13-0 run — that’s really difficult to come back from,” Terrones said. “I’m really happy with the way that our players battled back in that second half. It was a fun game in that it was the type of tempo we want to play at. That was just a large obstacle to try and overcome.”


Balance played a big role in Ballard’s success. Four Bombers scored at least 12 points.


At 6-6 and with great strength and athleticism inside, Drew earned most of the attention from Gilbert. That opened up driving lanes and open outside shots for the rest of the team and the Bombers took full advantage, shooting 57 percent from the field.


“It really helps knowing they’re focusing on me,” Drew said. “Then it gives my other teammates open shots on the outside. I really like when they focus on me because then it gets shots for them.”


Drew still ended up with 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Murphy had 16 points, three steals and two assists.


Chase Winterboer added 13 points and five assists and he set the tone for Ballard early by draining a 3-pointer to start the game. He canned three 3-pointers after suffering through a bit of a shooting slump from outside entering the game.


“Coach (Chris Deason) and all my teammates have just been telling me to keep shooting,” Winterboer said. “I just trusted them.”


Olsan added 12 points and eight rebounds. Odden finished with eight points and four boards and Isaiah Deason chipped in six points to help the Bombers improve to 8-2.


Gilbert fell to 9-2. Rudman had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Turner 13 points and four assists and Matt Ockey 10 points for the Tigers.


Ballard 72, Gilbert 60


G 16 11 18 15 - 60


B 15 29 14 14 - 72


Gilbert (60) - Jeffrey Rudman 5-7 3-6 13, Will Turner 5-12 2-3 13, Matt Ockey 4-17 0-0 10, Matt Barragy 3-7 0-1 6, Jack Dresser 2-3 1-2 6, Jack Anderson 2-4 1-3 5, Tony Terrones 2-5 0-0 4, Tanner Henningsen 1-6 0-0 3, Ben Simodynes 0-5 0-0 0. Totals: 24-66 7-15 60. 3-point field goals (5): Ockey 2, Turner, Dresser, Henningsen. Rebounds (34): Rudman 10. Assists (9): Turner 4. Steals (7): Turner 2, Barragy 2, Simodynes 2. Blocks (2): Rudman, Barragy. Fouls: 18.


Ballard (72) - Mason Murphy 4-7 8-9 16, Connor Drew 7-12 0-0 14, Chase Winterboer 4-9 2-2 13, Max Olsan 4-7 3-4 12, Kegan Odden 4-6 0-0 8, Isaiah Deason 3-3 0-2 6, Reece Huen 1-3 0-0 3. Totals: 27-47 13-17 72. 3-point field goals (5): Winterboer 3, Olsan, Huen. Rebounds (34): Drew 9. Assists (14): Winterboer 5. Steals (7): Murphy 3. Blocks (2): Odden, Deason. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: Drew


HUXLEY - Ballard faced little resistance from Perry Friday, giving up less than five points in three separate quarters and rolling to a 64-19 victory at Huxley.


Ballard scored 21 points in the second quarter to build a 33-12 lead at the half. The Bombers outscored the Bluejays 19-4 in the third quarter to put the game away and improve to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Raccoon River Conference.


The Bombers held Perry to an abysmal 15-percent shooting night from the field. Ballard shot 71 percent from the line (15 of 21), forced 17 turnovers and outrebounded the Bluejays, 44-33.


Connor Drew had 14 points and nine rebounds and Mason Murphy 14 points, six assists and three steals for Ballard in the win. Reece Huen added 12 points, Kegan Odden eight points and six rebounds and Max Olsan six points and seven boards.


Keghan West finished with eight points and rebounds apiece for Perry. The Bluejays fell to 0-10 overall and 0-5 in the conference.


Ballard 64, Perry 19


P 2 10 4 3 - 19


B 12 21 19 12 - 64


Perry (19) - Mario Cruz 0-2 0-0 0, Cato Doughan 0-5 1-4 1, Chase Archer 0-3 0-2 0, June Rey Reisberg 0-3 0-0 0, Brendan Ivory 2-22 1-3 5, Keghan West 4-6 0-0 8, Avery Meister 1-4 0-0 2, Alex Morales 1-3 0-0 3. Totals: 8-48 2-9 19. 3-point field goals (1): Morales. Rebounds (33): West 8. Assists (2): Doughan, Morales. Steals (4): West 2. Blocks (1): West. Fouls: 15.


Ballard (64) - Mason Murphy 5-8 4-5 14, Nic Edwards 0-2 0-0 0, Reece Huen 4-7 2-2 12, Ashton Hermann 0-2 0-0 0, Chase Winterboer 0-3 0-0 0, Isaiah Deason 1-3 0-2 2, Seth Wohlgemuth 0-2 2-2 2, Kegan Odden 3-3 2-2 8, Max Olsan 2-4 1-2 6, Connor Drew 7-14 0-2 14, Henry Thompson 1-2 0-0 2, Kade Miller 0-0 2-2 2, Drake Wunder 0-2 0-0 0, Kale Krogh 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 23-52 15-21 64. 3-point field goals (3): Huen 2, Olsan. Rebounds (44): Drew 9. Assists (12): Murphy 6. Steals (14): Murphy 3, Deason 3. Blocks (4): Olsan, Drew, Thompson, Krogh. Fouls: 8.