The Alden-Hebron boys basketball team knew coming into their first Northeastern Athletic Conference game that they would have to control the pace in order to come out with a win.
The game’s pace did not work in their favor, and instead gave the speedy Luther North offense everything they wanted. The Giants (1-4, 0-1 NAC) fell behind by 20 late in the second quarter and never got closer than 15 in their 74-45 loss.
“It’s not good to lose by 29 at home,” A-H Coach Tom Duffy said. “I thought we had a good week of practice, and to go out and play like that, that’s what’s most disappointing.”
The Giants did not help themselves, committing 22 turnovers in the game. The offense, when dealing with the pressure, had trouble getting good scoring chances throughout most of the game.
“We tried to play their pace and not what we wanted or planned to do,” Cody Nelson said. “The plan to slow the ball down and break the press didn’t happen and it really hurt us.”
Chris Jenkins of Luther North (3-3, 0-1 NAC) took over the game in the first quarter, outscoring Alden-Hebron by himself 15-8. Jenkins would go on to score 22.
The Giants played their best in the third quarter, when they came out and actually narrowed the Luther North lead to 44-29. It was the only quarter that the Giants won, in terms of the scoreboard as well, outscoring the Wildcats 14-13.
A-H struggled shooting the ball at times, which stalled any chance at a comeback.
Trevor Ball led the Giants with 16 points and eight rebounds. Ball was one of the only consistent things for the Alden-Hebron’s offense in the game. Avi Mor added 10 points for the Giants and Nelson scored eight.
“We have to give them confidence somehow on offense if we want to get better,” Duffy said. “We are hoping to keep improving and get better soon, we just didn’t improve tonight.”