It was back to winning for the ADM boys’ basketball team Friday night in a 58-31 victory over conference foe Perry.
In front of the hometown crowd on senior night, the Tigers broke their four game losing skid on the heels of 20-of-61 field goal shooting while tying for the teams second highest three point mark with ten made against the Blue Jays. It marked a big win for many reasons as noted by ADM head coach Aaron Mager.
“A win like this is always big as we look to get back on track,” began Mager. “With it being senior night, it was even better as we honored our seniors with not just a start, but a win. Now we can put the losing skid behind us and get back to what we were doing to begin the season.”
Coach Mager went on further to talk about the senior night as a whole and what his seniors have meant to ADM basketball.
“These guys are wonderful individuals both on and off the court,” began Mager. “Whether they play a lot of minutes or not, they are catalysts for the team in getting us energized and focused at the same time. It’s been great to coach these five guys.”
The Tigers have genrally been a strong defesnive team allowing a mere average of 12 points per first quarter heading into Friday night’s game. Just as they did last time out against the Blue Jays, ADM limited Perry to just three first quarter points Friday night and began with an 11-3 lead following the first quarter. Overall, ADM managed to limit Perry to three single digit scoring quarters including quarter two while offensively connecting on their 12th 20 plus scoring quarter to face the halftime mark with a 33-11 lead.
A fast start was something that coach Mager was focused on before the game began, and after the game had ended, he felt there were positive strides made within that front.
“We did a fairly good job, maybe not as effective in our 2-2-1 pressure but we did force a lot of turnovers which limited their offensive production,” said Mager. “Give a lot of credit to our seniors who came out and executed well and set a strong tempo to for a strong start. It was really good to see that. Even though we still have room to improve, I thought we made a big stride in our start here tonight.”
Just before the halftime break came, there was quite a scare given to ADM as points leader Nate Mueller came down awkwardly after trying for a ball in the air and was in considerable pain. The sophomore star seemed to suffer a lower leg injury that didn’t seem too severe as coach Mager spoke about after the contest.
“Nate and the other kid were going for the ball high up in the air and as they other kid went for the ball, he hit Nate in the kneck/chest area which flipped his upper body over his leg. Then from where I stood, his leg landed akwardly. I spoke with the trainer and she said she did not beleive anything structurally was damaged and so now it’s a matter of resting his leg. It’s unfortunate no matter what the extent to see Nate go down like that, especially with him having goals beyond playing basketball.”
ADM poured in another 20 plus point quarter in the third which a good portion of which coming from senior Koby Hardcastle who ended his scoring night with a team best 15 points on four made field goal shots and a mark of 4-of-11 from three point range. Hardcastle also picked up three assits on the night, giving him 25 on the season. Jaxson Millsap collected three field goals and a trio of three point shots en rout to an 11 point scoring night for him while Tate Stine-Smith posted a ten point night with a nearly perfect four-of-five shooting from field goal range.
ADM now rests with an overall record of 8-6, 6-3 inside the Raccoon River Conference. The next game on the docket for the Tigers will be a conference make-up game with Winterset on Monday, January 28 in Adel.