YATES CENTER — Iola High School boys basketball team took on Anderson County with third place in the mid-season classic on the line. While the Mustangs put up a fight, they came up just a bit short, losing 39-37 on Friday night.
Anderson County started on a 5-0 run but Iola, propelled by Eli Adams, came back to go on a 10-0 run of their own, taking the lead in the process. Over the course of the run, Adams went coast to coast on a steal for a layup to energize the Mustangs and start the rally.
Adams also put in work on defense, as the Mustangs came out with a plan for Anderson County’s big man, Reece Katzer. Toward the end of the first quarter, Adams stole the ball once again and helped turn the takeaway into points for the Mustangs. At times in the first quarter, the Mustangs looked the best they have all season.