ALGONA - Ballard survived by the skin of its teeth against Algona in the Class 3A substate semifinals Feb. 27.


The Bombers knocked off the Bulldogs in overtime, 73-71, to advance to the substate finals for the second year in a row.


Ballard had to rally to force the game into overtime.


The score was tied at the half, 29-29. In the third quarter Algona picked up the pace offensively to move in front by a 51-47 score heading into the final eight minutes of regulation.


The Bombers did just enough to catch up to the Bulldogs by the end of regulation. Ballard kept a slight edge in the extra session, playing strong enough defense over the four-minute stretch to hold on and take a 17-6 record into the district finals.


Ballard advanced despite being outrebounded, 31-23.


Both teams shot the ball well from the field, with the Bombers making 49 percent of its shots to the Bulldogs’ 48-percent accuracy. But Ballard made 12 3-pointers to Algona’s seven and 11 free throws to the Bulldogs’ eight.


Connor Drew had another big game for Ballard with 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Ashton Hermann made four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, Sam Petersen stepped up with 12 points and Mason Murphy had 11 points, five assists and three steals.


Kale Krogh and Nic Edwards chipped in six points apiece for Ballard.


Algona finished the season at 18-5. Wyatt Wegener led a balanced Bulldog attack with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists.


Noah Nelson made five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and five rebounds for Algona. Jason Cecil tacked on 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one block and Tyler Manske 13 points and four rebounds.


Ballard 73, Algona 71 (OT)


B 10 19 18 19 7 - 73


A 10 19 22 15 5 - 71


Ballard (73) - Mason Murphy 3-8 4-4 11, Nic Edwards 2-4 0-0 6, Sam Petersen 4-6 2-3 12, Kade Reinertson 0-4 0-0 0, Ashton Hermann 6-14 2-3 18, Connor Drew 7-9 3-7 20, Jacob Ihle 0-2 0-0 0, Kale Krogh 3-4 0-0 6. Totals: 25-51 11-17 73. 3-point field goals (12): Hermann 4, Drew 3, Edwards 2, Petersen 2, Murphy. Rebounds (23): Drew 7. Assists (12): Murphy 5. Steals (6): Murphy 3. Blocks (3): Reinertson, Drew, Krogh. Fouls: 16.


Algona (71) - Wyatt Wegener 9-23 3-5 22, Collin Bleich 0-1 0-0 0, Caleb Helmers 0-1 0-0 0, Elliot Berkland 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Nelson 6-12 0-0 17, Tyler Manske 6-7 0-0 13, Jason Cecil 5-9 5-7 15, James Wartick 2-5 0-0 4. Totals: 28-58 8-12 71. 3-point field goals (7): Nelson 5, Wegener, Manske. Rebounds (31): Cecil 10. Assists (11): Wegener 6. Steals (6): Helmers 2. Blocks (2): Cecil, Wartick. Fouls: 14.