The Aurelia boys basketball team fell to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the Northwest Conference after a 50-46 loss to Sioux Central Friday.
The Rebels improved to 1-1 both overall and in the league.
"We played a great first half," said Bulldogs coach Grant Peckenschneider, whose team led 19-15 after the first quarter, 34-31 at halftime and 43-34 going into the fourth. "(We) just stopped getting shots in the fourth quarter. We didn't keep playing offensive basketball."
Sioux Central was 17-for-43 from the floor and 14 of 24 at the free throw line while Aurelia went 17-for-46 and 18-for-28, respectively.
The Rebels won despite getting outrebounded 27-26 and turning the ball over 21 times to Aurelia's 17 turnovers.
"We are turning the ball over way too much, 24.5 a game. We had a lot of first-half foul trouble which caused us to struggle defensively," Sioux Central coach Chris Wildeman said. "For a team with such varsity inexperience, I was proud of how they fought from behind to get the lead, and then to hold onto the lead. That is a hard thing for an experienced team to do.
"It shows how hard the kids played and how bad they wanted the win."
Matt Dahlin (13 points), Josh Reiling (13) and Trevor Tiefenthaler (12) paced Sioux Central in the win. They added six, four and three rebounds, respectively.
Jared Bruce (14 points) and Aaron Bruce (10) both hit double figures for the Bulldogs.
Jared Bruce collected six steals, while Camrin more added six rebounds and Jordan Glawe pulled down four.
"I think we learned some things at the expense of losing," said Peckenschneider, "but we played hard and we played with emotion. (We) just need to look to score more in the second half."