• Keith Hjelle

Charger Boys Finish Regular Season With 65-42 Win Over West Central Valley


It's a good momentum builder for a team to win a game headed into post season play, and that is exactly what the ACGC boys' basketball team accomplished last night with a 65-42 win over West Central Valley in the final Charger home game of the season.

The Chargers took the lead early on when Noah Sargent nailed a three pointer to give the Chargers a 5-4 lead. The Chargers never trailed again in picking up its sixth win of the season to finish the regular season with a 6-15 record.

ACGC put twenty points on the board in the first quarter in taking a 20-12 lead. A sluggish second stanza in which the Chargers went just four for sixteen from the field enabled WCV to hang around, trailing by just 30-22 at halftime.

A strong third quarter by the Chargers paced by "Q" Younker's inside game and three Charger treys--two by Miles Kading and one from Bryce Littler--enabled the team to put up twenty one points to take a 51-33 lead after three quarters. The Chargers connected on eight of fourteen field goals in the quarter.

With the game virtually decided, the fourth quarter was a matter of determining the final score. The Chargers outscored the Wildcats fourteen to nine to give the local boys the twenty three point win.

Balanced scoring was a key factor in the win. Younker led the team in scoring with 15 points, but five other players scored either 8 or 9 points. Eli Kading, Lucas Marsh and Sargent each scored 8 points, while Miles Kading and Littler had 9 apiece. Marsh and Eli Kading led in rebounding with 7 each. Miles Kading was tops in assists with 5 while Noah Nelson had 5 steals.

The Chargers made 40% of their field goals on 26 of 66 shooting, including 8 of 29 from three point range. They made 5 of 6 free throws and scored on 45% of its offensive 62 possessions.

Tournament time is up next beginning this coming Monday, Feb. 11. The Chargers will face Mount Ayr in a first round district game in Stuart with a 6:30 tipoff. Go Chargers!

Score by quarter

WCV 12 10 11 9--42

ACGC 20 10 21 14--65

Box score

FG 3PT FT O-D AST STL TP

EKading 3-6 2-4 0-0 4-3 0 0 8

Sargent 3-8 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 8

Nelson 2-11 0-3 1-1 0-0 1 5 5

Marsh 3-7 0-3 2-2 1-6 2 3 8

MKading 3-5 3-4 0-0 2-0 5 0 9

Wierick 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0

Byars 1-6 0-1 1-2 1-3 0 0 3

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

Littler 4-8 1-3 0-0 0-0 4 3 9

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 7-10 0-2 1-1 1-3 1 0 15

Grove 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Wardyn 0-1 0-1 0-0 2-0 0 0 0

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


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