- Keith Hjelle
Twelve Treys Help Chargers Topple Ogden
There is no doubt that the three point basket has changed the way the game of basketball is played. It was introduced during the 1986-87 high school season on an experimental basis and
made official during the following season. Many a game has been won or lost due to the addition of the "three pointer."
Last night's ACGC boys' 68-52 win at Ogden is a case in point. The Chargers connected on twelve treys, while the Bulldogs made five. The Chargers netted thirty six points via the long ball and the Bulldogs scored fifteen. The Chargers more than doubled the score on the Bulldogs from long range. Certainly made a big difference in the outcome.
The Chargers led from start to finish, with Eli and Miles Kading each knocking down treys to start the game. ACGC connected from long range four times in the first quarter to take an 16-8 lead and added two more long balls in the second stanza to take a 32-20 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was a big one for the Chargers as they tallied twenty two points, while holding the Bulldogs to eleven. The elder Kading connected on three trifectas, with Charlie Crawford coming up with three deuces, as the lead increased to 54-31.
The Bulldogs came up with four of their five treys in the final stanza, scoring twenty one points to the Chargers' fourteen to come up with the 68-52 final.
Following the win, Charger coach Lance Kading was generally pleased with his team's performance. "Overall it was a pretty good team effort and a nice conference road win. We did a nice job of playing inside out that really forced their zone defense to work. It allowed us to get to the free throw line more and also led to higher percentage three point shots on the kick out passes.
"Defensively we were up and down. We had some really nice stretches, but we need to clean up our transition defense and our rotations in the half court. I also felt we got a little too comfortable with the lead with about four minutes to go. That, and late game fatigue made the final score much closer than it should have been. We need to be a little better dialed in for the full thirty two minutes."
The Charger had balanced scoring, with four scoring in double figures. They were led led by Eli Kading's 18 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc. Brother Miles came up with 14 points, Lucas Marsh tallied 11 and his younger brother Ben netted 10. Had Charlie Crawford added one more point to his total of nine, all five starters would have hit double figures.
Eli and Lucas each had double doubles. To go along with their double figure scoring, Eli had 12 rebounds and Lucas 11. The Marsh brothers each had 5 assists, and Eli came up with a couple of steals.
Overall shooting was 41% on 23 makes out of 56 attempts, with three point shooting at 46% on 12 makes in 26 tries. That translates to thirty six points coming from long range and thirty two from inside the arc. The Chargers made 10 of 19 free throws for 53%
Now with a 2-1 record for the season, the team will continue to play on the road until the holiday break. Next week's game are at Earlham on Tuesday, at Glidden on Thursday and at Panorama on Friday.
Score by quarter:
ACGC 16 16 22 14--68
Ogden 8 12 11 21-- 52
Charger statistics: (FG-RB-ASTS-STLS) EKading (18-12-20-2); BMarsh (10-5-5-0); Crawford (9-5-5-0); LMarsh (11-11-5-1); MKading (14-7-4-1); Rogers (3-1-1-1); Littler (3-0-1-1); Kunkle (0-0-0-0)