How a team starts and how a team finishes is critical in deciding a game.
For the Adams Central boys basketball team, that’s when it was at its best against Aurora. The Patriots jumped out to 14-5 lead after the first quarter, and then outscored the Huskies (1-1) 19-8 in the fourth quarter to post a 59-38 win Saturday afternoon at Adams Central.
The defense set the tone early.
Aurora was limited to just 2-for-9 from the field in the first quarter, and Adams Central used a 10-2 run to take early control.
Then in the fourth, AC’s offense looked in rhythm while the defense was making things tough on the Huskies. Head coach Zac Foster said the team’s goal is to limit opponents to 20 points per half, and the Patriots accomplished that goal in both halves Saturday — holding Aurora to 20 in the first half and 18 in the second half.
“Our defense was good. We talked afterwards that the difference between two halves is that we hit some shots in the second half. They had 20 points in the first half, so we met our goal. Offensively, we were doing what we wanted to do,” said Foster, whose team improved to 2-0 after also defeating Holdrege 45-40 Friday. “I thought our kids competed. A lot of times, when you’re not making shots against a zone, it hurts your defense — the kids start to pout on defense. I don’t think our kids did that, even when the ball wasn’t going in. It was good to see.”