Balanced attack leads Warriors past Sioux Central
SIOUX RAPIDS - Eight different Warriors scored four or more points as a balanced scoring effort saw Alta-Aurelia best Sioux Central on the road Tuesday night, 59-46.
The Warriors held a slim 15-12 lead after one, but a big second would see them extend that to 38-23 at half time. They widened their lead by two after three.
"We started off a little slow but had a great second quarter," said A-A head coach Randy Bissen. "We really got out and pressured the basketball and forced some turnovers which enabled us to play fast and score some points in transition. Give Sioux Central credit. They battled back and cut the lead to nine in the 4th quarter. I'm proud of the way our guys handled adversity down the stretch and were able to finish the game. I can't say enough about the way our guys play together. We have about 10 guys that are all so important to the team and each game somebody else steps up. We continue to improve each day of practice and each game. "
Jayson Van Haaften led the Warriors, turning in 12 points and two assists. Titus Letzring had nine points and five rebounds, Jayden Van Berkum had nine points, Ross Friedrich had eight points, four assists and four steals, Zach Sliefert had seven points and five rebounds, Mitchel McDonald had five points and seven rebounds and Colton Ballantyne had five points and five rebounds.
Alta-Aurelia hit on 23-of-55 from the floor and 10-of-19 at the line and held a 31-26 rebounding advantage.
The Rebels were led by another Austin Glawe double-double as he turned in 27 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks. Glawe hit on 7-of-15 from the field, 2-of-5 from three and 11-of-15 at the line. Christian Sylvester chipped in with eight points and four rebounds. No other Rebel had more than three on the night as they finished 15-of-37 from the field.
"Alta did a nice job of controlling the tempo and making it a fast-paced game," said SxC head coach Steve Tjaden. "We did a better job of adjusting in the second half. We need to take this improvement and build our weaknesses for future games against faster playing teams."
The Warriors (3-1) are at Pocahontas Area Friday. The Rebels (1-2) visit Manson Northwest Webster Friday.