• Keith Hjelle

Despite Respectable Shooting, Charger Boys Fall to Madrid, 78-56

The ACG boys shot well enough to win most games last night, and yet fell to the Madrid Tigers by a 78-56 score in a game played in Madrid. Keep in mind that Madrid is a team that can put up a lot of points in a hurry. In its last game, Madrid defeated Ogden in a 103-98 shootout in which the Tigers put up 42 points in the last quarter of the game!! So it comes as no surprise that they can quickly turn a close game into a no-so-close game.

The Chargers started the game well, leading 16-10 with a minute and a half to go in the first quarter. All five Charger starters--Noah Sargent, Noah Nelson, Lucas Marsh, Bryce Littler and Quynton Younker--scored in the early going. But the quick-as-a-cat Tigers then went on a 10-0 run to take a 20-16 lead after the first eight minutes.

ACGC was within five points at 24-19 early in the second quarter when Madrid slammed the door shut by outscoring the Chargers 14-6 over the last six minutes before halftime. Leading 38-25 at halftime, the quicker Madrid team kept putting up the points, netting forty in the second half to claim the 78-56 victory

The Chargers did not play poorly, as they committed a tolerable fourteen turnovers and shot 50% on two point tries, connecting on 18 of 36 attempts. Overall shooting was at a respectable 43% for the game. In this observer's opinion, the Chargers played significantly better than in the first meeting between the two teams, an 88-48 lopsided win for Madrid on November 30.

Three Chargers scored in double figures with Littler tallying 13, Marsh scoring 12, and "Q" getting 10. Younker led in rebounds with 7, with Littler coming up with 4 assists and the same number of steals. The Tigers out rebounded the taller Chargers 40-25, including 20 to 8 on the offensive glass.

With the loss, the Charger record falls to 4-8 for the season (2-7, WCAC). Friday ACGC will travel to Pleasantville for a winnable conference tilt. The girls' game will precede the boys and will begin at 6 PM. Go Chargers!

Score by quarter:

ACGC 16 9 13 18--56

Madrid 20 18 18 22--78

Box score: REB


EKading 2-6 1-4 2-2 2-1 0 0 7

Sargent 1-7 1-7 0-0 0-2 0 1 3

Nelson 2-4 2-2 0-0 2-0 0 1 6

Marsh 5-10 0-1 2-2 1-3 1 1 12

Mkading 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 3

Byars 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0

Pauley 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Littler 6-12 1-1 0-1 0-2 4 0 13

Younker 5-9 0-1 0-0 2-5 2 0 10

Ure 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

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