Boys get back to form with win over Ainsworth
AINSWORTH—The running game was there. The half-court offense worked. The shooting percentage was back up where it should be.
And the outcome was just what the coach ordered as the Swede boys found their rhythm again in an 82-49 defeat of Ainsworth on the road Friday night.
“It’s exactly what I wanted to see right now,” said Swede coach Roger Koehler. “Actually, it’s what I want to see all the time.”
The Swedes rolled out to a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, using their size to their advantage.
Koehler said stingy defense led to big steals that allowed the Swedes to push the tempo of the game.
“We got back to running,” the coach said. “We also moved the ball well and shot the ball well.”
Gothenburg was 28-of-60 for 47%. The Swedes also shot 68% from the line.
“Ainsworth sat back in their 3-2 zone and played nothing but that,” Koehler said. “We got good shots from the perimeter and we also worked the ball inside to take advantage of our height advantage.”
Up 38-20 at halftime, the Swedes didn’t let up as 12 of the 14 players suited up put points on the board.
Gothenburg collectively had 51 rebounds.
Four Swedes were in double figures led by Logan Koehler with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Korey Ahlenstorf also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Brett Dockweiler chipped in 12 points and Alec Foster added 10.
“If we want to advance in district play, we’re going to have to step up and play at that level every night,” the coach said.
After facing No. 2 state-ranked Minden in a rescheduled game Tuesday night, the Swedes finish out the regular season at home against Ogallala on Friday.
“Ogallala offers a threat from the outside,” Koehler said, “and we present some matchup problems for them.”
Gothenburg defeated Ogallala 52-40 in the Southwest Conference tournament in January.
From there, Gothenburg (14-6) will face Chase County (13-9) in the semi-finals of the C1-11 sub-district, which begins with a play-in game between Cozad and Ogallala on Monday in Lexington.
The Swedes also defeated Chase County 56-41 in regular-season play but the coach said the rematch may not be so easy.
“Chase County upset Hershey over the weekend,” Koehler said. “They’re without a doubt a scary team.”
Game times for the sub-district have not yet been released.