The Sunburst Refiners boys basketball team traveled to Centerville last Saturday and opened the season with a 61-38 non-conference loss.
Centerville came out hot, hitting five first half threes to build a solid lead. The Refiners battled back to cut the halftime deficit to seven by intermission. However, second half turnovers led to easy baskets for Centerville and they ended up with the blowout victory.
“Seniors Cade Hanson and Josh Kearns paced us, but we just didn’t manufacture enough offense to stay competitive,” said head coach Nate Aschim. “I liked how hard we played and I felt like we did some really good things, we just need to string together more stops and take care of the ball better.”
Coach Aschim continued, “It looked a lot like the first game of the year for us. I thought Centerville played really well, especially defensively. They forced us to make mistakes and did a great job taking advantage of them. It was a pretty good beating, and that’s alright as long as we see what we can do to improve on nights like that.”
Scoring for Sunburst was Cade Hanson 16, Josh Kearns 10, Conlan Kerfoot five, John Buckley four, and Connor Sullivan three.
This week Sunburst travels to Dutton to take part in the Dutton/Brady Pre-season Tournament. The Refiners will play Big Sandy on Friday and then get a rematch on Saturday against Centerville. Both games are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
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