Stanley – The Berthold Bombers were able to hold of a late comeback effort by the Stanley Blue Jays to escape with a 63-60 victory.
Berthold held a six point lead with 15 seconds left before junior Logan Aadness hit a three pointer to close the lead to three. After a couple of missed free throws from Berthold, Aadnes attempted a long last second three pointer that was just off the mark.
Stanley led for much of the game but was unable to hold of the 4th quarter surge from Berthold. “Came down to free throws, if we could have made some free throws down the stretch we would have had a chance to retain the lead,” said Blue Jay senior Matthew Heidbreder.
The Blue Jays have shown that they can play with some of the areas best teams. The next step for the Blue Jays is to show that they can beat the best teams in the area. “We have to build on this game,” said Blue Jay senior Bray Meyer. “Coach tells us every week that we need to be a full four quarter team, that is our goal”. Meyer had 13 points for the Blue Jays.
Tight games against quality competition are vital to getting the Blue Jays to were they want to go. “We need to build our program with the same effort that we demonstrated tonight,” said Stanley coach Kory Anderson. “We don’t want to take a step back, we want to play with the same intensity that we showed tonight against every team that we face.”
Stanley was paced offensively by sophomore Kaedyn Hanson’s 18 points, two of which came on a huge second half dunk. Logan Aadnes had 9 points for the Blue Jays, sophomore Wyatt Hanson added 8 points.
The Blue Jays host Westhope – Newburg on Friday.
Halftime: Stanley 35, Berthold 27
Stanley (60): K. Hanson 18, Meyer 13, L. Aadnes 9, W. Hanson 8, Nesheim 6, Mansfield 4, Patten 2
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