AURELIA - The bad news is that Aurelia boys dropped their fourth game of the season decided by five points or less. The good news is that seventh-ranked Clay Central-Everly, their first round opponent in districts, is definitely a team capable of being beaten.
Hampered by turnovers and troubles at the foul line, the Bulldogs fell, 58-53, but the game gives coach Peckenschneider the Aurelia boys reason for optimism heading into next Thursday's matchup.
"The boys played hard all game," said coach Peckenschneider. "I'm very proud of the effort. We lost to a solid team. This game kind of shows that the Northwest Conference is a pretty tough little conference. We committed too many bad turnovers that led to some easy buckets. Aside from that, we played pretty good defense."
Down 12-8 after one 25-20 at the half, Aurelia scored five straight to tie the game right out of the break. However, CCE was able to regain their five point lead at the end of three, and hold on for that same margin of victory in the end.
The Bulldogs shot a sound 24/51 (47%) from the field, but they were 0-7 from deep and 5-14 at the foul line. Aurelia's upset bid was also hampered by 24 turnovers.
Aaron Bruce led the Bulldog's Tuesday night, notching a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards to go with five assists and three blocks. Jordan Glawe added 12 points, and Camrin Meyer scored nine to go with six rebounds, four steals, and four blocks.
The Bulldogs' final regular season game is Friday night at Charter Oak Ute with tip-off scheduled for 6PM. Their district opener is at Everly with tip-off against the Midgets scheduled for 7PM Thursday, Feb. 19th.