Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 3:19 pm
BASKETBALL
Axtell too much for Arapahoe

ARAPAHOE — Perception differed from reality Tuesday night in Arapahoe.

Perception was that Arapahoe couldn't miss and that Axtell couldn't buy a bucket when the Warriors jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Reality was that eventually, Arapahoe coolled off and Axtell found its stroke.

Reality was all too real for the Warriors.

Axtell more than doubled Arapahoe's offensive output the rest of the way and cruised to a 64-38 road victory.

“When you start off that well, you get that false sense of security,” said Arapahoe coach Bob Braithwait. “If you're out on the court, you don't realize that's not the way the game's going to continue to play out.”

After going scoreless for the first 3 minutes and 45 seconds, August Fishell got the Wildcats going with two field goals to jump-start the offense.

“Fishell was the energizer bunny. He just got us going,” said Axtell coach Andy Klepper.

The early 10-0 Arapahoe run was followed by a 15-1 Axtell run that got the young team confident.

Still, Arapahoe found itself tied halfway through the second quarter. But Adam Lundeen scored 12 points in the following four minutes of play to turn the tide for good.

“That stretch was really critical because our goal was to keep them from getting runouts with layups and getting good looks from three,” Braithwait said. “I thought (Lundeen) did a great job running the floor. The kid is just a good player. He looks like a basketball player, doesn't he?”

While Lundeen fueled the Wildcats in the first half, Brandt Runge caught fire in the second half. Axtell's lone senior starter scored 11 of his game-high 17 points and knocked down five three-pointers in the contest.

“I think the key is Runge,” Braithwait said. “He doesn't do anything flashy or do anything spectacular but he's a threat from 25 feet in.”

Buckets didn't come as easily for the Warriors in the second half. They were 3-for-31 shooting in the final two periods. Brennan Koller and Caden Waverka finished in double figures for the Warriors, but they were held to a combined 8-for-29 shooting.

“Offensively, some times our kids — bless their hearts — try so hard to make plays that just don't come,” Braithwait said. “I think you've got to let the game come to you rather than force the issue. We'll learn that over time.”

Sturgis Hanson provided some depth off the bench with 11 points and four blocks. He helped Axtell outscore Arapahoe 31-12 in the second half.

The victory gave Axtell its sixth in its last seven games. Before a rivalry game with Wilcox-Hildreth on Friday, the last 29 minutes of play were exactly what Klepper wanted to see from his young team on the road.

“We are a little inconsistent,” Klepper said. “Sometimes we're up, sometimes we're down. I'm just glad we finally figured out a way to score on them.”

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AXTELL..............................17 16 19 12 — 64
ARAPAHOE.......................14 12 6 6 — 38

Axtell (10-4): Brandt Runge 6-10 0-2 17, Adam Lundenn 5-8 2-2 12, Sturgis Hanson 5-7 1-1 11, Austin Fishell 3-4 0-0 7, Colby Becker 2-6 0-0 5, Marcus Kring 2-4 0-0 4, Cody Nickel 1-3 0-2 2, Parker Sis 1-4 0-1 2, Evan Bertrand 0-0 2-2 2, Tyson Marsh 0-0 2-2 2, Connor Knoble 0-2 0-0 0, Colton Maxwell 0-1 0-0 0, Garrett Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Jelden 0-3 0-0 0. TOTALS: 25-49 7-12 64.

Arapahoe (8-6): Brennan Koller 4-17 4-8 13, Caden Weverka 4-12 1-1 10, Cooper Breinig 3-14 1-2 8, Logan Warner 1-3 0-0 3, Austin Koller 0-5 2-3 2, Chandler Hambidge 0-2 2-2 2, Junior Hilker 0-4 0-0 0, Kiley Jones 0-3 0-2 0, Pedro Gutierrez 0-0 0-0 0, Levi Watson 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 12-61 10-19 38.

3-point field goals — AXT 7-18 (Runge 5-7, Becker 1-4, Fishell 1-1, Lundeen 0-2, Jelden 0-2, Hanson 0-1, Sis 0-1), ARP 4-29 (B. Koller 1-7, Weverka 1-5, Warner 1-3, Breinig 1-8, Watson 0-1, Jones 0-2, Hilker 0-3, A. Koller 0-2). Rebounds — AXT 38 (Kring 8), ARP 34 (Weverka 9). Assists — AXT 16 (Jelden 6), ARP 5 (Breinig 3). Steals — AXT 4 (Nickel, Runge, Maxwell, Bertrand 1), ARP 5 (Weverka, B. Koller, Warner, A. Koller, Breinig 1). Fouls — AXT 18, ARP 16. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — AXT 11, ARP 10.

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