Big Ballard third quarter sinks A-D-M

Clint ColeSports Editor
Big Ballard third quarter sinks A-D-M

It was a tale of one quarter for the A-D-M boys’ basketball team on Friday, Jan. 30 at A-D-M High School in Adel. After leading the Bombers 26-24 at halftime, the Tigers were outscored 24-13 in the third quarter and couldn’t bounce back as they lost 63-53.

The 24-point explosion by the Bombers in the third quarter was aided by a barrage of 3-point plays, including three treys by Kolby Jensen and one by Jaden Moody.

With Jensen draining 3-pointers from near the same spot, A-D-M coach Aaron Mager said the Tigers didn’t have enough energy and weren’t doing a good job of adjusting in the third quarter.

“We’ve got to be better than that, especially to open up a half,” said Mager. “Your energy level should be incredibly high and it wasn’t.”

Moody finished with a game-high 22 points with Jensen scoring 18. Moody also had 13 rebounds to complete the double-double.

Along with low energy levels to start the third quarter for the Tigers, Mager said recognition was an issue for them.

“You’ve got a shooter that just hit three shots in the exact same spot and we never once fanned out in the bottom or did a better job of morphing our zone out from the top… We didn’t adjust,” said Schneider. “I’ve got to take ownership of that too. I didn’t do a good job of apparently pointing that out prior to the game.”

The Tigers had three players in double digits in the scoring column, led by sophomore Matthew Larson who had 11 points, helped by two 3-pointers. Jake Sloss and Jacob Hardy had 10 points each.

Hardy’s team-high 11 rebounds gave him a double-double in the game. Joe Sloss and Jake Sloss had five rebounds apiece.

The Tigers hit the road on Tuesday night for a game against Raccoon River Conference opponent, Perry. The game at Perry High School begins at 7:30 p.m.