Warriors top Newell-Fonda boys
NEWELL - The Alta-Aurelia boys took a 55-49 win over Newell-Fonda in Twin Lakes Conference basketball action here on Friday. Warriors coach Chris Abaray said the game was " A really good win for us. We are finally starting to show signs of being back to full health. The crowd made for quite the game. Nine lead changes show how much each team was competing. We went into the half downby one point, and a lot of that had to do with our lack of focus on the offensive boards and not locating shooters out of our zone. We adjusted in the second half and reacted quicker to zone reversals. It also didn't hurt that (Newell-Fonda's) Brady Dicks went cold, particularly in the 4th quarter. He's a good ball player and we knew he was going to get his points regardless. I was proud of our guys because everyone contributed in some way. Ross Friedrich and Zach Sliefert really were leaders out there tonight and put a bulk of the scoring load on their backs. They scored 21 and 17 points respectively. Zach had a big first half and Ross had a big second half. Rotational guys like Bryce Radke and Jared Weiland gave us huge minutes inside, grabbing key rebounds down the stretch. Josh McCormick still has some ways to go with his ankle, but he was able to pull down eight boards for us and had a key drive late. I wasn't thrilled with our numbers at the line tonight. We are better than 11 for 25. Fortunately, Newell-Fonda had an equally bad night from the line. Our guys expected a battle going in and really wanted this one. We hadn't forgotten that we lost to them three times last year, including district finals.It was a good win. We need to use this as a springboard for us going into the last week of the regular season - giving us some momentum going into the playoffs."
Ross Friedrich scored 21 points and had four steals to lead Alta-Aurelia, while
Zach Sliefert had 17 points and five assists, and Josh McCormick had seven points and eight rebounds. Brady Dicks scored 20 for the Mustangs.