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The Ashby boys trailed by five at the break and fell behind by as many as nine in the second half before falling just short in a 67-64 loss to Verndale.

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Ashby had a look to tie the game with a three in the final seconds, but the Pirates contested it and got the stop.

“We knew going into this game that Verndale had some good talent and it was going to be a close game,” Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. “We fought hard that second half to give ourselves a chance to win. Both Blake Ohren and Evan Anderson had 11 points in the second half to lead the charge. We just came up a little short.”

Ohren finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Anderson added 16 points, Zach Barry had 10 and Morgan Wing and Jeff Berglund finished with eight and seven points, respectively.

“If I could point to one thing that cost us the game it was our rebounding,” Knick said. “We gave up way too many offensive boards that led to points for them. If we would all commit to that as a team, it would have an exponential impact.”

The loss dropped the Arrows to 12-10 overall. They were set to be at Brandon-Evansville last night, Thursday, before welcoming in Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley tonight.

GAME STATISTICS

VERNDALE 34 33 – 67

ASHBY 29 35 – 64

ASHBY – Ohren – 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals; Anderson – 16 points; Barry – 10 points, 4 assists; Wing – 8 points, 4 rebounds; Berglund – 7 points; Gage Olson – 3 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists

VERNDALE LEADERS – Eric Blaha – 21 points; Marcos Gomez – 18 points

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