Though the Bulldogs lost both games, there were some positive moments in both contests. Against the Cyclones on Friday, the score was close in the first quarter, with Alta holding a 19-14 lead at the end of the quarter. After that, "We struggled running offense and getting into sets," said Bulldog coach Grant Peckenschneider. "Alta shot very well all night, but especially in the first half, when they hit seven of their 10 three's, so you have to give them a lot of credit."
Alta had a 45-20 lead at the half and stretched it to 66-33 after three, before posting the final score of 80-45.
Camrin Meyer led Aurelia with 13 points, Jordan Glawe added 12, and Aaron Bruce scored seven to lead the Bulldog attack. Bruce also had four steals on defense, and he and Meyer each had two blocks and two assists. Meyer also grabbed five rebounds, while Bruce and Glawe had four each.
The 'Dogs committed 15 turnovers and, in stark contrast to the Cyclones' three-point marksmanship, hit just one of their 15 three-point atempts.
On Saturday night, the Bulldogs went on a 22-1 run over a 9-minute stretch in the second half to get themselves back into the ball game, but, said coach Peckenschneider, "when we got the lead we did not do enough to push the lead out of reach." As a result, the Bulldogs wound up losing the game by just 54-51.
Meyer led Aurelia's balanced scoring with 12 points, joined by Anthony Fowler and Nick Hirschman with 10 points each, Aaron Bruce with nine and Jordan Glawe with eight. The rebounding load was also distributed pretty evenly among the Bulldog players, as Bruce had nine boards, Glawe seven, and Meyer and Hirschman six apiece. Bruce also and four steals and two blocked shots, while Meyer and Keith Gustafson both had two steals. The Bulldogs were also whistled for just 15 fouls, while R-A had 23, and improved their 3-point shooting to 5/14. They also had 21 turnovers as a team, and Peckenschneider said "We must start taking care of the ball better. Most of the turnovers are just unacceptable."
Peckenschneider did say that the Bulldogs played well at times, and that it was definitely the team's best game so far this season.