AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldogs continued to showcase an improved brand of basketball against eighth-ranked Laurens-Marathon Tuesday night, but they came up a bit shy, 67-52.
Aurelia trailed only 13-19 after one and 27-35 at the half. The Bulldogs stormed out to make it a 35-37 game in the second half, but Laurens-Marathon was able to seal the game at the line late, hitting 10 of 16 free throws.
"We just couldn't quite get over the hump, and that has been the story all year," said Aurelia head coach Grant Peckenschneider. "We played hard, did some real good things against the 8th ranked team in the state."
Three different Chargers reached double figures Tuesday night as they shot they ball extremely well, hitting 26-54 (48%) of their attempts.
Ryan Stumbo led L-M with 24 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. Brett Wollum added 12 points and four assists, and Adam Woodin finished with 11 points on 3-4 three point shooting.
The Bulldogs actually shot better from the field, making 49% (23-47), but they were hampered by a 3-13 showing at the foul line.
Jordan Glawe and Camrin Meyer led Aurelia with 14 points apiece. Aaron Bruce added 13. Meyer and Bruce led the way in rebounding with nine and five, respectively.
"I would say it was one of our best games of the year though," said Peckenschneider. "We will just keep working at it. Can not fault the guys though. They played their tails off all night. Coach Winter has an excellent club though, and I'm very impressed with their kids."
The Bulldogs (1-10, 1-6 in NW Conf.) head Alta (5-5, 5-3) Friday night. The Cyclones won the last meeting, 80-45.
Meanwhile, Laurens-Marathon (8-1, 7-1) hits the road to take on Newell-Fonda (3-9, 2-5). Both boys games are set to begin at 8PM.