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Boys basketball: First-half struggles sink Arrows

The Rothsay and Ashby boys basketball teams were both searching for their first wins on Friday night, and it's the Tigers who came away with it in a 50-39 game.

The Arrows scored just 11 points in the first half and found themselves down 10 at the break. They couldn't overcome that as Rothsay held them off to move to 1-9 and drop Ashby to 0-13.

"I give Rothsay a lot of credit." Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "They came out aggressive on offense and defense. They really packed it in and dared us to shoot outside. They earned this win tonight. We came out flat in the first half, but I was proud of how we battled back in the second half to give ourselves a chance. The guards did a nice job of getting the ball inside to Scott Johnson, who had 14 second-half points. He provided the offensive spark we so badly needed tonight."

Johnson led the team with those 14 points and seven rebounds. Christian Norby added 10 points and seven rebounds. Christian Koefod had three points and Miles Wing, Eric Amundson, Mason Jensen and Nathan Cook rounded out the scoring with two apiece.

The Arrows shot 23 percent from the field (13-of-56) and were 5-of-32 from three.

GAME SUMMARY

ROTHSAY 21 29 — 50

ASHBY 11 28 — 39

ASHBY — FG — 13-56, 3-point FG — 5-32, FT — 8-15

ASHBY — Johnson — 14 points, 7 rebounds; Norby — 10 points, 7 rebounds; Koefod — 3 points; Wing — 2 points, 6 rebounds; Cook — 2 points, 5 rebounds; Amundson — 2 points; Jensen — 2 points

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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