POMEROY - The Alta-Aurelia boys found themselves down by an 18-2 score in the first quarter of their basketball game with Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer here on Thursday evening before the Warriors' A.J. Lange found the range on two big 3-point shots and helped his team cut the margin to 18-11 when the first quarter ended.
The Warriors continued to battle in the second quarter and had tied the game at 27 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
In the second half, the two teams battled it out to the end, with neither team gaining more than a five-point lead. A-A's Neil Marshall sank two big free throws to ice the game for the Warriors at the end, as they earned a hard-fought 59-55 non-conference win.
A.J. Lange and Jalen Henningsen each sank four treys, as they led the Warriors' scoring with 20 (Lange) and 16 (Henningsen) points.
Coach Dean Lietz said that Ryan Friedrich "continues to make plays all over the floor," and the senior showed up in the scorebook with five points and six rebounds. Henningsen also was cited for playing an excellent floor game and making some big free throws. He had five rebounds to go with his 16 points. Lietz said the Warriors once again got good production from their bench, too, led by Austin Delp's five points and five rebounds.
The Indians displayed a balanced scoring attack, led by Nelson Shimon with 16 points, Jared Hawks with 5, Patrick Allen with 11, and Avery Aden with nine.
The Warriors (5-2) host Sioux Central Tuesday in Alta, and travel to River Valley in Correctionville Thursday night.