Warriors use strong first half in Sioux Central victory
SIOUX RAPIDS - When Alta-Aurelia took away the three pointers from Sioux Central early in the game, that turned out to be all the difference needed.
Sioux Central lobbed up the threes in the second half to close the gap, but the Warriors improved to 2-1 on the season with a 64-53 win over the Rebels on Tuesday night.
"Another one that wasn't pretty," said Alta-Aurelia Head Coach Chris Abaray. "We are seeing improvements every night and starting to get some great contributions from our role players."
So far this season Abaray has been coaching defense and defense was what won the game for the Warriors. In the first half they only allowed 17 points. In the second half the Rebels came through with seven three pointers to edge closer to the Warriors on the scoreboard.
It was then that the Warriors knew they had to start containing the Rebels, and winning the fights for rebounds.
Jake Berg was one of the Warrirors who stepped up to the challenge of getting the offensive and defensive boards. Berg finished the game with a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
"We showed some great thirst in the second half againstt a very athletic Alta-Aurelia team," said Stephen Tjaden, Sioux Central's head coach. "Unfortunately we put ourselves in a first half hole. We need to slow ourselves down when we force pressure, but we did a much better job of adjustments in the second half."
Sioux Central out scored the Warriors 36-30 in the second half. The Rebels were led by Christian Sylvester who had 22 points and eight assists on the night. Behind him was Mac Prior who had 15 points, all of them coming from three point range.
While the Rebels were taking their jumpers from long range, the Warriors looked to get into the paint.
"Ross Friedrich and Josh McCormick penetrated well tonight and were looking for shots in the gaps," Abaray said. "McCormick had five steals on the defensive end. He used his athleticism to create turnovers."
Sixteen times the Rebels had a turnover, compared to 14 for the Warriors.
Next Alta-Aurelia travels to Pocahontas on Friday while Sioux Central will be in Manson tomorrow night.