The South Sioux City Cardinal boys win their fifth game of the season after managing to slip past Norfolk 61-55 on Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals and the Panthers lit up the first quarter scoreboard that all began with a Manny Paul two-handed slam, his first of three dunks in the contest.

Paul was the go-to guy for South Sioux City early, putting up 11 points in the quarter. It wasn't all Cardinals, though.

Norfolk hit five three's to open the game between Easton Sullivan, Brayden Hendershot and Chase Swanson.

South Sioux City's Randy DeCora also tallied a pair of deep shots to bring the first quarter score at 19-17 in favor of the Cardinals.

The Cardinals began to find some more momentum as the Panthers began to struggle with the scoring consistency.

South Sioux City saw most of it's quarter's offense from Anthony Earth, who didn't seem to miss as he scored 15 out of the team's 19 points and gave the Cardinals an 8 points lead at halftime.

South Sioux City blew open the third quarter with a 14-0 scoring run and led by as many as 22-points deep into the third quarter.

That's when Norfolk found some success late, with Hendershot and Jack Borgmann nailing a pair of three's and freshman Braylon Owens hitting a few interior shots.

The Panther's continued to rally with their own 10-0 run and eventually closed within 5 points of the Cardinals.

However, a few missed shots and turnovers near the end allowed South Sioux City to grasp the basketball and the win over Norfolk 61-55.

Anthony Earth's 22-point performance fueled the Cardinals, while Randy DeCora and Manny Paul finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Braydon Hendershot hit six three's for a team lead 18 points, followed by Easton Sullivan with 10 points.

South Sioux City moves over .500 to 5-4 with the win, while Norfolk falls to 2-7.