Chargers strike it hot, snap long losing streak
TOM KNAPP | TIMES VEDETTE                      AC/GC’s Quynton Younker (with ball) and Woodward-Granger’s Kaya Bowlsby (34) vie for possession early in the Chargers’ 68-48 loss Friday, Jan. 4 in Guthrie Center.
TOM KNAPP | TIMES VEDETTE AC/GC’s Quynton Younker (with ball) and Woodward-Granger’s Kaya Bowlsby (34) vie for possession early in the Chargers’ 68-48 loss Friday, Jan. 4 in Guthrie Center.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Though the AC/GC boys’ basketball team has stumbled into a recent funk, its nothing compared to the perils that hit the Chargers just a few weeks prior.

A decisive 42-point win Dec. 13 over Glidden-Ralston snapped one of the state’s longest losing streaks, 21-games to be exact, dating back a year and a day.

AC/GC followed the monumental triumph with wins in three of their next four games, where they now sit at 4-7 overall.

The Guthrie Center squad mustered just three victories in 22 tries last winter, including just two WCAC victories in 18 tries. Turn the page to 2018-19 and the Chargers have already matched last year’s conference win total in eight tries.

They are scoring at a 57 points per game clip, knocking down 40 percent of their shots, having nailed a more than respectable 80 three-pointers in 11 games, an average of seven makes per game, the eighth-best mark in all of Class 2A, and third in the conference.

Last winter, the Chargers scored just 49 points per game at a 39 percent clip.

Junior Bryce Littler is the eighth leading scorer in the conference at 14.6 points per game this winter, just a scratch outside of the top five. Senior Noah Sargent has picked up the slack quite nicely, drilling 26 three-pointers (third in the league) at a ridiculous rate of 54 percent, the top mark among shooters with at least 20 attempts.

Quynton Younker leads the Chargers on the boards with 7.5 rebounds per game, including 32 offensive rebounds, which fifth in the conference.

The Chargers have struggled to score in their last two contests though, mustering just four first quarter points in a 20-point loss to Woodward-Granger Jan. 4 and four points in the second-quarter of their 39-point loss to Exira-EHK the following night.

AC/GC has shot just 33 percent in their last two contests, tallying a mere 86 points in 64 minutes, well below their per game average.

Undefeated Van Meter continues to lead the conference with an 8-0 record while Woodward-Granger sports a 7-1 record while AC/GC sits in eighth place.

Van Meter is averaging 64 points in conference games while Madrid leads the way with a torrid pace of 80 points per game. Van Meter is knocking down 55 percent of their shots, which is the top mark in the league.

Madrid leads the league with a remarkable 96 made three-pointers, which is second in all of 2A, only behind West Sioux, who has knocked down 97 long balls.