DAVID CITY — Mason Kovar scored a game-high 21 points and Auston Hall chipped in 20 on Friday night as Schuyler picked up a 55-49 win at David City.
Kovar hit the first of his three first-quarter 3-pointers two minutes into the game to put the Warriors in front 3-0. Schuyler held onto the lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Warriors took an 8-3 lead when Kovar drilled his second trey with 3:12 left in the opening quarter before David City’s Josh Seibert answered with a 3-pointer.
A Hall jumper in the lane and another bomb by Kovar put the Warriors up 13-10 after one quarter.
The Warriors went up 26-13 with 1:48 left in the first half after Kovar sank a pair of free throws, but once again the Scouts had an answer, pulling to within 26-18 at halftime on Colin Vandenberg’s 3-pointer.
Schuyler took 11-point leads at 36-25 and 38-27 on a pair of Hall free throws and a jumper in the third quarter, but David City had an answer each time.
The SCHS lead was whittled to eight points at 38-30 entering the fourth quarter after David City’s Luis Salazar hit one of his game-high five 3-pointers.
Tychique Kutalu gave the Warriors a double-digit lead at 40-30 on a driving layup one minute into the final quarter. Tyler Kohl then made Schuyler’s final field goal of the game with 4:49 to play when he sank a layup, putting the Warriors up 43-33.
Schuyler made 13 of 16 free-throw attempts, including an 8-for-10 effort by Kovar, to win its second straight game.
In addition to the 41 points from Kovar and Hall, the Warriors got four points each from Easton Hall and Kutalu and three apiece from Kohl and Jakub Langemeier.
“We have several really good players that are fulfilling key roles for us. We have guys who rebound, defend and set up other guys to score,” Schuyler head coach Lyndon Beebe said. “These players have made the difference for us this season. Our players understand their roles and have done a nice job of playing team basketball.”
Salazar scored a team-best 17 points for David City and Seibert finished with 14.
Schuyler, which fell 73-51 to Blair on Monday, plays Thursday at Class B, No. 2 York (6-0).
“What’s important for us is the consistency we are seeing in our play as a team,” Beebe said. “The next step is for us to have people step up when we play teams that are able to limit our players who have been leading us in scoring.”