Before the Christmas break the Sunburst Refiners traveled to Dutton on Dec. 19 to take on the Diamondbacks of Dutton/Brady. After coming out on fire, they kind of limped to the finish line, but knocked off the D-Backs 53-38. On Dec. 20 they made the trek to Cascade to play the Badgers. The team pushed through a pretty physical, tough match up and pulled away at the end, winning 62-47.
Sunburst started with a 21-7 first quarter advantage over the Diamondbacks. Dutton/Brady fought back and outscored the Refiners by two in the second quarter. The third quarter saw both teams score seven points. Sunburst outscored the Diamondbacks by three in the fourth to seal the victory.
Coach Nate Aschim said, “I credit the Diamondbacks with making a lot of good adjustments, to stay in the game after we came out shooting so well. We didn’t do ourselves any favors committing a lot of turnovers in the contest.”
Scoring for the Refiners were Stanley Jarvis 19, Cade Hanson 14, Jaden Koon 11, Josh Kearns 5, and Grady Kerfoot 4.
The Refiners found themselves trailing Cascade after the first quarter 11-16. Sunburst stepped up in the second quarter and outscored the Badgers by 10 to take a 26-20 halftime lead. The third quarter was an even fight with Cascade outscoring the Refiners 13-12. Sunburst’s offense woke up in the fourth to score 24, and they held Cascade to 13, giving the Refiners the 62-47 win.
Coach Aschim commented, “Friday, we did a much better job taking care of the ball. Cascade is so well coached, and they play so hard we knew coming in it was going to be a battle. The guys really responded and kept their focus the whole game. Slowly but surely, we built a lead after falling behind early in the game. I was extremely happy with our effort on Friday and felt that the boys really earned that win.”
Scoring for the Refiners were, Kearns with 19, Jarvis 18, Koon 11, Hanson 8, and Kerfoot 6.
“Overall, it’s always nice to go on the road and get two conference wins. These guys are continuing to learn what it takes to make it through a whole game. They do a great job focusing on improving daily, and that makes them fun to coach. Hopefully we can have some good Christmas break practices to push ourselves up a level. We’ve got a long way to go, but that’s what makes this fun,” said Aschim.
Sunburst will be back on the court, in Valier, Jan. 3, with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. They will and will host Augusta on Jan. 4. Action is set to begin at 4 p.m.