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Bulldog boys lose to CC-E, 58-53

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Aurelia's Nick Hirschman releases a free throw during recent boys basketball action in Aurelia against Clay Central Everly. Photo by Dan Whitney
AURELIA - The Clay Central-Everly Mavericks, who came to town with an 18-1 record, got all they wanted from the feisty Aurelia Bulldogs in a non-conference boys basketball game here on Feb. 10.

The game started off with sloppy play on both sides, and for a couple of minutes, it looked like the first team to score would win. Things got rolling, though, but at halftime, the Bulldogs were hanging tough with veteran coach Gordie Jorgensen's Mavs, trailing by just five points at the break, 25-20. Playing the second half without starter Austin Klett, who left the game with an injury to his upper lip inflicted by an unintentional elbow, the Bulldogs scored the first five points of the second half to knot things up at 25-25.

The teams continued to battle, and the Mavs went back into the lead, getting it as high as a 10-point margin a couple of times, but the Bulldogs kept coming back and the outcome remained in doubt until the final minutes of the game. When the final buzzer sounded, Clay Central - Everly had improved its season record to 19-1 with a hard-fought 58-53 victory.

Aurelia's Aaron Bruce (50) shoots one from the corner, over the outstretched arm of Maverick defender Wes Christensen. Photo by Dan Whitney
Aaron Bruce led the Bulldogs' scoring with 21 points, and completed a 'double-double' with 10 rebounds. The senior had a good all-around game on Senior Night in Aurelia, adding five steals, five assists, and four blocked shots to his final totals. Fellow seniors Camrin Meyer and Jordan Glawe played big roles in the Bulldogs' effort, as well. Meyer scored nine points and had six rebounds, four steals, and four blocks, and Glawe scored a dozen points underneath the bucket.

Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider said, "The boys played hard all game. I am very proud of their effort. We lost to a solid team. This game kind of shows that the Northwest Conference is a pretty tough little conference."

Peckenschneider said the 'Dogs committed "too many turnovers that led to some easy buckets," but thought the Bulldog defense played well, with the exception of dfensive rebounding.

The Bulldogs shot 47% from the field, but for the second straight game failed to connect on any of their seven three-point attempts. The team is now 0-17 from three-point land in their last two contests, both losses.

The two squads will meet again in the first round of District Tournament play next Thursday, Feb. 19, this time on the Mavs' home court in Everly.

Aurelia's Cam Meyer defends a pass from the Mavericks' Wes Christensen (21) to Austin Klett (31). Photo by Dan Whitney [Click to enlarge]

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