Central boys begin season
By Pat McTaggart
The Central boys’ basketball team began its season December 6 with a game against MFL MarMac. Central started out well, being down by only three points six minutes in when MFL exploded with an 18-2 run that left the Warriors trailing 38-19 at the half. Central lost the game with a score of 75-38.
The Warriors were 12-14 from the free throw line. Isaiah Hopp led the team with 16 points, followed by Nathan Fitzgerald with 11 points. Hunter Bries scored four points, Ben Tschirgi three and Blake Rodenberg and Neil Kelly each had two points. MFL made eight three-pointers to Central’s two.
“We started out well but were unable to score with a strong MFL team,” Coach Trevor Arnold said. “They shot 50 percent from the field and we shot 30 percent. We had opportunities to score buckets early and often but were unable to finish those opportunities. We played aggressive throughout but the experience MFL has was an obstacle we couldn’t overcome. They are a great team and are one of the best scoring teams in this part of the state.”
The following day, the Warriors took on Maquoketa Valley, losing by a score of 60-46. Nathan Fitzgerald scored 16 points for Central. Isaiah Hopp and Blake Rodenberg each had nine and Ben Tschirgi scored six. Peyton Alexie scored three points, Hunter Bries, two, and Edosa Grau had one point.
“We struggled in the first quarter trailing 18-8 at the end of one,” Coach Arnold said. “The second quarter we played one of our best quarters of the year fighting back to make it a six point game at half, 27-21. The third quarter was our best quarter of the year so far and we battled back to a tie at 37. During the third, we were able to get into a rhythm offensively and headed to the fourth with a great chance at our first win. However, the fourth proved to be our undoing. We were outscored 23-9 due to missed defensive assignments and mistakes when trying to pass through the MV press. If we can shore up the late game mistakes we should be able to play with most teams and get another chance at finishing a game in the fourth quarter.”