STORM LAKE - Aurelia boys coach Grant Peckenschneider described the Jan. 22nd Northwest Conference game with Storm Lake St. Mary's as "not a pretty game at all," and also commented that the Bulldogs "could not throw a beach ball into the ocean while in a boat at sea."
On a more positive note, Peckenschneider went on to say, "But we didn't give up, played with a lot of hustle and determination, and fought our way back into it at the end" to claim an exciting 40-38 victory.
St. Mary's took a 13-6 lead after the first quarter, led 22-16 at the half, and led 31-18 heading into quarter number four. Aurelia's execution was described by Coach Peck as "poor for 29 minutes," and they shot 1-6 from the free throw line an the first half.
But... the Bulldogs' Greg Kolpin hit a "big 3," point guard Jared Bruce "had some big steals," and Aaron Bruce made 9-10 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, and "in the last three minutes," said Peckenschneider," we pressed and trapped great and forced some turnovers."
That was great news for the 'Dogs, because going into that last three minutes, they were down by 10 points. In the end, though, they pulled out an unbelievable 40-38 victory.
Cam Meyer and Aaron Bruce each scored 11 points to lead Bulldog scoring and Greg Kolpin had eight. Bulldog rebounding was led by Jordan Glawe with 10 boards, while Aaron Bruce had seven and Meyer five. Jared Bruce stole four passes on defense. After their 1 for 6 first half free throw shooting, the Bulldogs wound up hitting 15 of 23 charity tosses for the game.