Two tough losses for A-A
HULL - The Alta-Aurelia boys were on the road twice over the weekend, dropping both contests as they fell to Pocahontas Area Friday, 51-50, and Trinity Christian Saturday, 54-46.
Against Poky, the Warriors saw a 15-6 first quarter lead unravel as they were outscored 13 over the second and third quarters. Their fourth quarter rally wound up one point shy.
""We played really well in the first half," said A-A head coach Randy Bissen. "We forced turnovers and got out and played fast. Unfortunately we hit a cold spell on the offensive end in the third quarter and dug ourselves a hole. It was a tough loss for our guys to take but we'll learn from it and continue to get better."
Jayson Van Haaften scored 16 points in the loss. Titus Letzring had 12 and four rebounds. Ross Friedrich had six assists and four steals.
It was a similar story Saturday as the Warriors led Trinity 14-8 after one and 25-16 at the half. Their lead was cut to 33-29 after three, before they gave up a 25-13 deficit in the fourth.
"Another tough loss for our guys," said Bissen. "We played really well for three quarters. We lost all momentum and just panicked in the fourth quarter. We turned it over nine times in the fourth alone and they scored 12 of their 25 fourth quarter points off those turnovers"
Van Haaften led the way again in Hull, totaling 13 points and five boards. Jayden Van Berkum had 12 points, and Mitchel McDonald four points and 14 rebounds.
The Warriors (2-3) return home tonight as they welcome in Laurens-Marathon.