Aberdeen Central got going from the outside to get back in the win column on Saturday.
Central pulled away from Huron to earn a 57-48 Eastern South Dakota Conference boys' basketball win at Golden Eagles Arena. The win snaps a three-game losing streak, including a 64-40 loss at No. 3 Pierre one night before.
A lot of times a measure of a team is how do you respond to adversity, Central coach Brent Norberg said. Everyone can respond to good things and that is easy. We just didn't play very well last night. I thought we played hard. We just didn't have things go our way.
Things went the Golden Eagles' way on Saturday, especially early on from beyond the arc. Aberdeen nailed five three-pointers in the first half.
We just try to drive and kick a lot, said junior guard Aaron Lorenz, who made three-pointers in the first half and finished with a team-high 13 points. It just gets guys open a lot more. Be together as a team and try to open up shots for each other.
Eight of the Golden Eagles' 19 made field goals were three-pointers. Aberdeen shot 16 total threes in the win.
I really don't remember us taking a bad three, Norberg said. We took one bomb at the end of a shot clock when Braden (LeGrand) hit one from Warner, but other than that I thought every three we took was pretty good. When we get good looks at threes, we have got guys that can knock them down.
LeGrand's deep three helped the Golden Eagles take a 10-4 lead after the first quarter and they led 25-16 at intermission. The Tigers cut the deficit down to five points two different times in the third quarter. Huron's Clark Wintle whittled the margin down to 34-30 at the end of the third quarter when he went coast-to-coast with five seconds left to beat the buzzer on a layup.
The Golden Eagles went on a 9-2 spurt to open the fourth quarter to push their lead back to 43-32. Huron never got it closer than six points the rest of the way and Central pushed its lead to as much as 55-40 with 2:19 left. The Tigers closed the game on a 8-2 run, but the deficit was too much for them to overcome.
It feels good to play as a team and come out with a W, said Lorenz. It seems like some games we don't play as a team as much, but tonight we did.
Central's Brady Mohr added 10 points, including two three-pointers. LeGrand and Josh White scored nine points apiece. LeGrand added two threes and White had one. Reid Fust scored eight points, but his presence was felt on the defensive end for Central.
The 6-foot senior guarded Huron's Luke Carr, who is 6-foot-5 and one of the leading scorers for the Tigers. Fust held Carr to just four points, with all four points coming in the fourth quarter.
We did a good job keeping Luke away from the glass, Norberg said. We didn't do that good of a job with (Adam) Zwanziger, but as long as only one of them goes off you can survive that.
The 6-foot-5 Zwanziger scored a game-high 21 points. He was 11-for-15 from the free throw line and accounted for all of the Tigers' free tosses. The junior also added seven rebounds.
Aberdeen Central (4-6, 2-5) will host Brookings at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Golden Eagles Arena in another ESD contest.
They have got their point guard (Tanner) Odegaard back, Lorenz said. He has been playing good, so we will have to shut him out and then obviously (Landon) Busch too.
Brookings recently defeated No. 1 Sioux Falls O'Gorman and defeated Watertown on Friday night. The Bobcats won the first meeting against Aberdeen 68-59 in Brookings.
Very hot team, Norberg said. We have got a chance at home against them and it will be a tough fight. They are a very talented team.
HURON: Zack Cranston 5 0-0 10, Luke Carr 2 0-0 4, Adam Zwanziger 5 11-15 21, Clark Wintle 3 0-0 7, Tyler Hajek 1 0-0 2, Lucas Morrison 1 0-0 2, Caleb Carr 1 0-0 2, Spencer Stahly 0 0-0 0. Totals 18-43 11-15 48.
ABERDEEN CENTRAL: Carter Paulson 0 3-4 3, Braden LeGrand 3 1-2 9, Brady Mohr 3 2-2 10, Aaron Lorenz 5 0-0 13, Reid Fust 3 2-2 8, Josh Hilgemann 1 1-2 3, Josh White 3 2-2 9, Micah Rogers 1 0-0 2. Totals 19-43 11-15 57.