AGS avenge loss to AE in districts
MIO — When Arenac Eastern beat AuGres-Sims two weeks ago, the Eagles' shot nearly 70 percent from the free throw line.
The Eagles were just 8-of-23 at the line in Monday's district tournament semifinal, and while it wasn't the only reason AuGres-Sims defeated Arenac Eastern 52-45, it certainly helped the Wolverines' cause.
The Wolverines used a balanced scoring attack to gradually pull away from the Eagles, taking a 26-18 halftime lead as AE was just 1-of-10 at the line in the second quarter.
"As it has on many occasions this year, free throw shooting was a major contributing factor in a loss," said AE coach Bob Morgan. "We (also) shot 29 percent from the field.
"It's just very difficult to win when you shoot so poorly."
AGS had seven different players score in the third quarter as it pulled out to a 41-28 lead.
Chad Taylor led AGS (11-10) with 15 points with Travis Byard and Nate Jennings adding 10 apiece.
The Wolverines take on Mio (6-13), which upset Fairview (14-7) 49-45 in the other semifinal.
Arenac Eastern got 13 points from Graham Morgan and eight from John Chmura.
The Eagles finished at 4-16, winning just one game fewer than the past three years combined.
"Even though we had only four wins this season, I saw some major improvements in AE basketball," Morgan said. "The kids just need to learn how to win."