Article by, Ian Grande
Powers Lake – The game between the Stanley Blue Jays and Powers Lake Ranchers figured to be a well fought battle, neither team disappointed.
The Ranchers held the lead for the entire 3rd quarter, and it looked like an upset might be brewing.
However, the Blue Jays found some offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter, going on a 10-0 run to open the quarter. The run propelled the Blue Jays to a nine-point lead. The Blue Jays would hold onto that lead the rest of the way enroute to a 46-40 victory.
The games between these two teams always seem to be closely contested. The last four meetings between the teams have been decided by a total of 25 points. “Both teams played some really good defense at times and made it real difficult to score all night,” said Stanley Coach Kory Anderson. “Both teams know each other so well that they can call out each other’s plays. When that’s the case it’s going to be a tight game.”
The Blue Jays didn’t shoot the ball particularly well during the game (35% from the field), but they were able to make up for the lack of offense with efficient defense and solid rebounding (36 total).
The close game provided the Blue Jays with some teachable moments, “In order to beat a well-organized and disciplined defense like Powers Lake, we will need to rotate the ball a few times to crack the defense.” said Anderson.
The Blue Jays have featured a balanced offensive attack all-season. Tonight, junior Seth Hetzel paced the team with 17 points, 12 of which came in the second half.
Senior Wyatt Hanson chipped in a double-double (10 points and 12 rebounds).
Stanley will be back in action at home on Tuesday against Berthold.
Stanley 13 3 14 16 (46)
PL 9 10 12 9 (40)
Stanley: Hetzel 17, W. Hanson 10, K. Hanson 8, Patten 8, R. Hanson 3
*Powers Lake statistics were not available.
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