November 24, 2014

AGS boys can’t hang on in second half

Hale remains undefeated in NSL play after 45-point second half

By Brent Baker|Special to the Independent
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HALE — AuGres-Sims looked like it was on the verge of an upset after taking a 28-19 halftime over North Star League-leading Hale.

Whether it was Hale coach Ryan Parkinson's halftime speech or the thought of losing before an overflow winter homecoming crowd, the Eagles cranked up the defensive intensity to dominate the second half and take a 64-48 victory.

"It felt like AuGres shot 80 percent in the first half," Parkinson said. "On some of those we just didn't find the shooters, but a lot were just good shots.

"We went in at half and just talked about playing hard all night. We made a couple of adjustments defensively to try and be more aggressive and that got us going a little bit."

The Wolverines had taken their early lead primarily by hitting the outside shot in the first half as Chad Taylor had 10 points by halftime. The Wolverines had 10 turnovers before halftime, but most of them came in the frontcourt or stopped play and didn't result in Hale points going the other way.

All of that changed in the second half. Hale's three-quarter court trap forced turnovers by the bundles, most of which ended in layups and easy scores. In the blink of an eye the Wolverines' lead was gone and even getting the ball in position for a shot became a challenge.

Taylor finished with 15 points and Alex Lutz added 10 points and eight assists to lead the Wolverines (5-7, 4-5 NSL). Nate Jennings added seven rebounds.

Tanner Shellenbarger scored 21 points and had nine rebounds with Nick Katterman adding 14 points and 11 boards to lead the Eagles (13-1, 9-0). Thirty of their 35 points came after halftime. Christian Moody added nine points and Drew Compau had eight assists.

"Nick and Tanner both had great games scoring and rebounding," Parkinson said. "And I thought Christian Moody really gave us a great game.

"The crowd was really into the game for both teams and the energy was great for high school basketball."

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