Tough Loss for Chargers at Ex-EHK, 61-59
The ACGC boys' basketball team has been very good at winning close games this winter, having won three games in the very late stages of the game. In a previous article this observer suggested that Lady Luck had aided the the team in those three thrillers. But luck can be a fickle entity as was the case in the Chargers 61-59 loss at Exira-Elk Horn-Kimbleton Saturday afternoon.
The Chargers trailed through three quarters, with quarter scores being 18-14, 32-24, and 50-41. And then it got interesting. ACGC scored on four consecutive possessions to open the fourth quarter, while holding the Spartans scoreless for four minutes.
Four different Chargers scored during the rally including Ben Marsh, Miles Kading, Jedd Weinkoetz, and Lance Bunde, with the latter two scoring from beyond the arc. At that point the Chargers had taken their first lead at 52-50 since they held a 5-2 lead early in the game.
The teams continued to traded three point baskets twice going down the stretch with Weinkoetz hitting two additional treys for ACGC. His second make tied the game at 57 each with thirty eight seconds to go. After the home team retook the lead at 59-57, Miles Kading knotted the game again at 59-59 with fifteen seconds remaining.
A score by the Spartans' Cash Emgarten with :06.9 showing on the clock put the Spartans in the lead once again at 61-59. The Chargers had one final chance remaining after calling a timeout with just under four seconds remaining. A three point shot by Lance Bunde from the right corner failed to find its mark, and the Spartans prevailed by that two point margin.
Three Chargers scored in double figures, with Brock Litter's 16 points leading the team. Kading and Weinkoetz alsco scored in doubles with 11 and 10 points respectively. Ben Marsh and Bunde each had 9 points. Kading also led the Chargers in rebounding with 7 and in assists with 5.
As a team ACGC shot 39% from the field on 21 makes out of 54 attempts, and 67% from the free throw line with 6 of 9 shooting. Unofficial stats show Ex-EHK shooting over 50% from the floor on 22 successes out of 43 tries.
Oh yes, it should be mentioned that Lady Luck was no where to be found following the Charger loss.
Score by quarter:
ACGC 12 12 17 18--59
E-EHK 18 14 18 11--61
ACGC statistics: (TP-REB-ASTS-STLS) Marsh(9-0-1-4) Bunde(9-2-1-1) MKading(11-11-5-4) Littler(16-5-2-4) Weinkoetz(10-6-0-3) Solarzano(2-1-0-0) NKading(2-0-0-0) Jacobe(0-1-1-0)