Bulldogs outlast Swedes 61-56
When Cody Ostergard knocked down three consecutive three-point shots early in the first quarter against Ainsworth Friday night, the Swedes likely thought the senior guard was setting the tone for the game.
Gothenburg jumped out to an 11-0 lead on Ostergard’s long bombs and looked to take control.
Then Ainsworth sank four straight three-point shots to take over the lead.
“We pretty much went back and forth all night,” said Swede coach Roger Koehler.
But in the end, Ainsworth’s 14 three-pointers and 9-of-13 from the free throw line was too much for the Swedes as the Bulldogs prevailed 61-56.
“I understand their goal is to shoot 40 to 50 three-point shots a game,” Koehler said.
Despite making six three-pointers of his own—one shy of the school record—Ostergard couldn’t counteract Ainsworth’s perimeter shooting.
“And they’d come in spurts,” Koehler said of Ainsworth’s long shots.
“Like in the third quarter we were up 43-34 and they made five three-point buckets in a row,” the coach said.
Gothenburg held the lead 16-14 after the first period and went to the locker room at halftime leading 32-26.
“We got the ball out and looked to run but we really didn’t force it,” Koehler said. “If we didn’t have a quick shot, we pulled out and set up the offense. Most of the time when we threw the ball around we got good looks.”
Gothenburg also forced Ainsworth out of its zone defense to pick up the Swedes man-to-man.
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