SYRACUSE – The Ashland-Greenwood boys basketball team played a pair of close games last week and finished with a record of 1-1.
The Bluejays played a tremendous second half of basketball against Yutan on the road on Jan. 20 and pulled out a 66-53 victory.
Yutan jumped out to an 18-11 lead after the first quarter and continued their pace, leading 36-20 at the half.
The Jays cut into the Yutan lead in the third quarter, trailing by four points heading into the fourth quarter before winning 66-53.
Senior Tyler Craven led the Jays in scoring with 29 points, scoring 20 in the second half.
Senior Jeb Vavak added 14 points with Ryan Schuster and Bryce Chudomelka each scoring nine in the game.
Schuster also grabbed a game high six rebounds.
“It was really a game of two halves. They dominated the first half as we had difficulty getting stops and were frustrated by their offensive execution. In the second half we really picked up our defensive intensity and that led to defensive stops and energy and confidence on the offensive end. I was extremely proud of our team in how they competed,” said Ashland-Greenwood Coach Jacob Mohs.
The Bluejays shot 47 percent from the field and converted on 15-of-21 from the line.
The Bluejays also turned the ball over just eight times against the Chieftains.
AGHS returned to the floor on Friday night when they traveled to take on conference foe Syracuse. The game went into overtime and in the end it was the Rockets pulling out a thrilling 61-60 victory.
Syracuse got the early lead following the first quarter 11-9 and led for basically the entire game except for a few possessions.
AGHS able to tie the game at 51 and Syracuse missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the win.
In overtime, Syracuse took a quick five-point lead, but AGHS was able to climb back in the game and missed two 3-point attempts in the final 12 seconds that would have given the visiting team the lead.
Craven led in scoring with 33 points, making 7-14 shots from the 3-point line. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Aric Kususke scored 11 and Schuster scored nine, while grabbing six rebounds.
“It was a competitive game, but we struggled to get in sync on both ends of the court. We got off to a slow start because we did not take care of the ball early and we had to play from behind the entire game. We struggled to maintain our composure at certain points and made critical mistakes down the stretch that you can’t make if you want to win a close game,” added Mohs.
The Bluejays shot 45 percent, but converted on just 11-of-21 from the free throw line.
The Bluejays fell to 8-6 on the season after the split.