Maquoketa Valley’s boys’ basketball team earned a come-from-behind win over Starmont, 48-45, but fell to Alburnett, 61-50, Jan. 16.

Facing Starmont, the score was tied at halftime, 25-25. The second half was also close, with AJ Ambundo lifting MV to the win with a three-point shot.

“One of the major adjustments that we had to make in the second half was to rebound better,” coach Eric Conner said. “Then, once the game got to nine points in Starmont’s favor and (with) the clock winding down, we had to turn up the pressure on defense and try to get them to turn it over. We executed this very well.”

Leading MV past Starmont were: scoring — Ambundo 15, Avery Holtz 11, Andrew Holtz 10, Andrew Hildebrand four, Owen Mensen and Miguel Bojorquez three, Devante Strickland two; rebounds — Bojorquez six, Ambundo five, Mitch Heims, Strickland, Hildebrand two, Mensen and Andrew Holtz one; assists — Avery Holtz five, Ambundo two, Heims, Andrew Holtz, and Bojorquez one; steals — Heims and Bojorquez one; blocks — Avery Holtz three.

In the Wildcats’ next game of the week, they faced 7-3 Alburnett. MV held its own in the first half and trailed by two at halftime, 31-29. In the fourth quarter, the Pirates upped their intensity, as they outscored the Wildcats, 19-11, to seal the win.

MV’s leaders against Alburnett were: scoring — Avery Holtz 16, Ambundo and Heims 12, Bojorquez five, Andrew Holtz and Hildebrand two, Mason Lubben one; rebounds — Ambundo seven, Lubben, Heims, and Bojorquez two, Mensen one; assists — Avery Holtz six, Bojorquez three, Lubben and Ambundo one; steals — Bojorquez two, Avery Holtz and Heims one; blocks — Avery Holtz one.