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Charger Cagers Comeback Falters; IKM-M Puts on Free Throw Clinic in 56-47 Win

The ACGC boys put up a good fight versus IKM-Manning in a Hall of Pride exhibition last night on the local hardcourt before falling by a score of 56-47. Tradition rich IKM-M is consistently one of the best small school teams in western Iowa, so it can only hearten ACGC fans for the Chargers to play as well as they did.

The Wolves opened a 17-10 lead after one quarter, as they made 7 of 12 field goal attempts and all three of their free throws. The Chargers shot well too, hitting on 5 of 11 attempts from the floor, but had no free throw attempts. After that the game was played evenly as the margin was still seven points at halftime, 28-21 and eight points after three frames, 37-29.

It was at that point that the Chargers made their run and closed the gap to a single point at 39-38 early in the fourth quarter, but the local cagers couldn't quite get over the hump. Continuing to trail, the Charger had to stop the clock by fouling and hope that the Wolves would miss their free throws. They didn't. In the final frame the visitors were successful at the line on 11 of 12 attempts. For the night IKM-M made 22 of 25 free throws (88%), while the Chargers hit on 11 of 19. And that was essentially the game. IKM-M made more free throws than ACGC attempted. Each team made 17 field goals.

The Charger inside tandem of Collin Stowe and Quynton Younker led the scoring for ACGC with 13 and 11 points respectively, while Bryce Littler and Noah Nelson each tallied 8, with Caden Wardyn scoring 7. As a team the Chargers made 17 of 46 shots from the floor, but converted on only 2 of 16 three point attempts. Stowe led the team in rebounds with 7, while Nelson, Younker, and Littler each had 5.

It may be too early to tell, but this observer was impressed with the effort and thinks that last night showed improvement from a year ago. Coach Jake Mohling said that during the team session after the game one player said, "It's better than last year." This writer concurs.

There is a quick turn-around for the Chargers, as they will take to the court again tonight when they entertain Madrid in the WCAC opener. There is a preliminary boys' junior varsity game at 4:30 followed the varsity girls' and boys' games.

Score by Quarters: Charger box score: Reb

IKM-M 17 11 9 19--56 FG 3Pt FT Off-Def Ass'ts Steals TP

ACGC 10 11 8 19--47 Sargent 0-3 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 0

Nelson 3-8 2-4 1-4 2-3 5 2 8

Plowman 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Spack 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0

Wheatley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Littler 2-10 0-5 4-4 1-4 2 1 8

Wardyn 2-6 0-2 3-6 1-0 1 2 7

Younker 4-9 0-3 3-5 3-2 3 0 11

Stowe 6-9 0-0 1-2 3-4 1 1 13

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