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 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.