• Keith Hjelle

A Good Game to Forget; Ex-EHK Humbles Chargers, 77-38


A disastrous second quarter for the ACGC boys' basketball team yesterday afternoon set the tone for the rest of the game as visiting Exira-Elkhorn-Kimballton handled the Chargers, 77-38. After a good first quarter which found ACGC trailing by just five points at 20-15, the Charger guns went silent for the first five minutes of quarter number two. It wasn't until the 3:05 mark of the second frame that Quynton Younker broke the ice and scored ACGC's first points of the quarter. In the meantime the Spartans put twelve points on the board to increase its lead to 32-15 before Younker's duece. And it never really got any better after that. Outscoring the Chargers 24-4 in that second quarter gave the visitors a commanding 44-19 lead at the intermission.

With three players averaging in double figures, led by 6'7" Dakota Rold's 18 points per game, Ex-EHK came into town with a 7-1 record, with a one point loss to Ar-We-Va the only blemish on its record. The Chargers knew they had a big challenge ahead of them. But it is doubtful that anyone expected the outcome that came to pass.

A sticky man to man defense by the Spartans made it difficult for ACGC to get into its offense with any consistency, and the Spartans' quickness and size made it difficult to defend the visitors offensive attack. It didn't help the Charger cause for Ex-EHK to shoot with 57% accuracy from the floor (including 7 of 14 from beyond the arc) and 74% proficiency from the free throw line. But perhaps that is what one might expect from an all senior lineup that went 15-8 a year ago.

It just wasn't a good day for the Chargers. Nothing seemed to go right after the first quarter. After scoring six baskets in the first quarter, it wasn't until the fourth quarter that ACGC scored its sixth additional basket. The Chargers went 12 of 52 from the floor for 23% and 6 of 23 from three point territory for 26%. They made just 6 of 29 two point attempts. Free throw shooting was respectable, as the team made 8 of 11 for 73%.

No Charger managed to score in double figures, with "Q" and Noah Nelson each scoring 8 points. Lucas Marsh led in rebounds with 7, and Younker pulled down 6. No Charger had more than two assists or steals.

Although it is difficult to put games like that to rest and move on to a fresh start, it what is necessary for the Chargers. It is doubtful that this is one of those games from which the losing team can really learn from its mistakes. It was such a dominating performance by the victors that looking ahead simply seems like the better alternative. Go Chargers!

The loss puts the season record at 4-7 heading into next week's road games. ACGC will travel to Madrid on Tuesday for a girls/boys doubleheader and to Pleasantville on Friday.

Score by quarter:

Ex-EHK 20 24 17 16--77

ACGC 15 4 11 8--38

Box score: REB

FG 3PT FT O-D AST STL TP

E.Kading 0-5 0-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 0

Sargent 1-4 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 0 3

Nelson 3-6 2-3 0-1 0-1 1 0 8

Marsh 2-5 1-2 0-0 1-6 0 2 5

MKading 1-5 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 2

Wierick 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Byars 0-5 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 1 0

Pauley 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 3

Littler 1-11 1-5 4-4 3-2 2 0 7

Crawford 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Madsen 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Younker 2-7 0-2 4-4 3-3 0 0 8

Grove 0-0 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0

Wardyn 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-0 1 0 0

Ure 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 2


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