CLEAR LAKE – When playing their best, the Clear Lake boys basketball team can put together some impressive offensive runs.
On Friday, the Lions were unable to ever make that game-changing run, and a late three-point basket by Collin Bleich boosted Algona to a 49-47 win over Clear Lake in North Central Conference play.
Neither team scored more than five consecutive points in the back-and-forth affair.
“They wanted to slow it down, and we allowed that,” Lions coach Jeremey Ainley said. “Now we’ve got to play on.”
The Bulldogs took the lead midway through the second quarter and seemed on the verge of pulling away before Zach Lester put the Lions on his back in the fourth quarter.
Lester scored 11 of Clear Lake’s 12 fourth-quarter points, and when he converted on a three-point play with 1:16 remaining to put Clear Lake up one, it seemed like the Lions were going to pull out an improbable win.
A patient Algona offense ultimately found Bleich open near the top of the key, and the sophomore calmly drained his second 3-point goal of the night.
Clear Lake was unable to get off anything more than a desperation shot at the end.
Wyatt Wegener, a sophomore guard, poured in 22 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Trevor Borgman and Bleich added nine apiece.
Lester, who was limited to just six in the first half, finished with 22 for Clear Lake.
Drew Enke added eight.
Clear Lake (2-2) travels to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Tuesday for what will be an important conference game for the Lions.
Algona (1-3) travels to Webster City on Tuesday.