Stanley – Stanley eased by Ray 60-43 in the battle of the Jays to advance to the championship of the Lions Tournament in Stanley. The Stanley Blue Jays led by 18 points at halftime, they would hold onto a similar margin for the rest of the game. The Stanley Blue Jays will now face Berthold for tournament crown.
The game was highlighted by a handful of unselfish plays on both ends of the court. Junior Ryan Nesheim had the dish of the night on a 2-1 fast break were he found fellow junior Logan Aadnes for an easy layup. Unselfish play could be found on the defensive side of the ball as well, junior Jath Mansfield bravely stood in the lane to take multiple charges.
The Blue Jays built a comfortable lead in the first half with unselfish play but may have eased off the gas peddle a bit in the second half. “Kids played hard and were unselfish again tonight. We played really solid defense in the first half,” Blue Jays coach Kory Anderson said. “I felt we really let up second half.”
The Blue Jays were paced offensively by sharp shooting sophomore Wyatt Hanson, who poured in a team high 18 points. Bray Meyer chipped in 11 points for the Blue Jays. Logan Aadnes and sophmore Kaedyn Hanson had 9 points and 8 points respectively.
Stanley will face their toughest test of the young season tomorrow when they meet the Berthold Bombers. The Blue Jays know they will need to be sharp if they want to take home the title. “Against Berthold we have to take care of the ball and must find a way to slow them down. Much easier said than done,” said Anderson.
Stanley improves to 2-0 with the vistory. The Blue Jays and Bombers are expected to tip off around 6:30 Friday night in Stanley.
Half: Stanley 31, Ray 13
Stanley: W. Hanson 18, Meyer 11, Aadnes 9, K. Hanson 8, Mansfield 5, Patten 5, Nesheim 2, Macintosh 2.
Ray: Mita 20, Hodenfield 12, Nelson 9, Hill 2.
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