Last week the Sunburst boy’s basketball team hosted the Valier Panthers on Friday, soundly defeating the Panthers 78-38. They braved the windy conditions and travelled to Augusta to take on the Elks and claimed a 61-23 victory.
On Friday, the Refiners jumped out to an early lead over Valier and used their defense to create offense, taking a 24-8 first quarter head start and never looked back. Sunburst held a 38-25 advantage at the half.
The defense picked up again in the third and fourth quarters, limiting Valier to only 13 points in the second half. The Refiners soundly defeated the Panthers 78-38.
Leading the scoring for the Refiners were Cade Hanson and Josh Kearns with 18 each, Jaden Koon 14, Connor Sullivan 11, Grady Kerfoot seven, Stanley Jarvis six, Conlan Kerfoot four, and Matthew Hesla two.
“We forced a bunch of turnovers which helped to get us out running up and down the floor. It was nice to see us finishing some lay ups and that contributed to the win,” said coach Nate Aschim.
Saturday the Refiners’ defense never let the Elks score more than eight points in any quarter. Sunburst held a commanding 23-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. The score was 38-10 at the half, and Sunburst went on to claim the victory 61-23.
Scoring for the Refiners were Jarvis and Kearns with 12 each, Hanson with seven, Koon and Grady Kerfoot six, Sullivan five, Blake Smylie four, John Buckley, Hesla and Conlan Kerfoot two each.
“In both games, I really liked our intensity right from the get go. Friday, I thought we were especially focused and did a great job coming out of the locker room in both the first and third quarters to help seal the wins. The guys played extremely unselfishly and it was nice to see our entire team getting involved again,” said Aschim.
“Overall, it was nice to get everyone back healthy and playing again. We needed to get back on the right track and it felt like we took some steps in the right direction this week. The test will be putting two weekends in a row together and continuing to push toward tournaments,” said Aschim.
Thursday the Refiners travel to Heart Butte to take on the Warriors in an important 10-C matchup before hosting the Miners of Centerville in a nonconference game on Friday. Both games will start at 7:30 p.m.