The Alta-Aurelia boys had a rough weekend on the road as they dropped two tight games.
On Friday at Pocahontas, the Warriors fell to the host Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy/Palmer team by one point, 51-50. Jayson Van Haaften led the A-A boys with 16 points and Titus Letzring had 12 points, four rebounds and blocked four shots. Colton Ballantyne scored six and gahered six rebounds., while Mitchel McDonald also had six boards and Ross Friedrich had six assists and four steals.
Warrior coach Randy Bissen said, "We played really well in the first half. We forced turnovers and got out and played fast. Unfortunately,we hit a cold spell on the offensive end in the 3rd quarter and dug ourselves a hole. "Give our guys credit, they battled back and went on an 8-0 run to start the 4th quarter. If we take care of the basketball and finish around the basket late in the game, we win. It was a tough loss for our guys to take, but we'll learn from it and continue to get better."
Saturday, the Warriors traveled to Hull to take on the Trinity Christian team. and they again were on the short end of the final score, which was 54-46. Jayson Van Haaften again led the Warriors' scoring with 13 points, and he also grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assista and had two steals. Jayden Van Berkum scored 12 points, while Ross Friedrich had eight and Colton Ballantyne seven. Mitchel McDonald had a big day on the boards as he took down 14 rebounds. McDonald also scored four points.
Coach Bissen said it was "another tough loss for our guys. We played really well for three quarters. We were up seven before they made a desperation three at the end of the 3rd to get within four points. We lost all momentum and just panicked in the 4th quarter. We turned it over nine times in the 4th quarter alone, and they scored 12 of their 25 4th quarter points off those turnovers.
"We still had opportunities late in the game, we just didn't complete plays. I'm excited about how we competed for three quarters. I know the potential is there - we just have to stay focused for 32 minutes."
The Warriors now have a 2-3 season record and they will host Prairie Valley on Friday in another Twin Lakes Conference match-up.