Ethan Elliot’s 29 points helped Stevens Point Pacelli defeat Iola-Scandinavia 58-54 Friday, Feb. 25, in a Central Wisconsin 8 Conference boys’ basketball matchup in Iola.
The visiting Cardinals outscored the Thunderbirds 12-11 in the first quarter, but the T-Birds took a 23-15 halftime lead. I-S extended its lead by outscoring Pacelli 19-17 in the third quarter, but the Cardinals answered with a 26-12 advantage over the final eight minutes.
Elliot scored 19 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Lucas Albers and Brad Hardel led the T-Birds with 15 points each.
The T-Birds opened state tournament play Tuesday, March 1, at home against Menominee Indian. If the T-Birds defeated the Eagles, they will play at Bonduel at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, in a Division 4 regional semifinal.