The Augusta boys basketball took care of business at home on Friday night, beating El Dorado 63-35 to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Peyton Duryea scored the first points of the game to give El Dorado a 2-0 lead, but Augusta responded quickly with an 8-0 run. Zach Burton scored six of the Orioles’ first eight points. Early in the first quarter, Augusta gained momentum when Chance Whitehead stole the ball and found Jonny Clausing at the other end of the court for an easy two-handed dunk. At the end of the first quarter, Augusta lead 15-8.
The Wildcats struggled offensively in the second quarter, while the Orioles put up 22 points to go up 37-16. El Dorado had no answer for Jonny Clausing around the basket as he collected rebound after rebound and scored nine points in the second quarter.
El Dorado made some adjustments offensively in the second half, as the Wildcats outscored Augusta in the third quarter, but never brought the game close enough to threaten the Orioles. Jarin Koehler scored nine straight points for the Wildcats in the third quarter, as the Augusta defense could not slow him down.
Augusta went on a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter and was able to maintain a big lead until the final buzzer sounded.
“We're kind of in a funk right now offensively, which is certainly causing us to play a little frustrated,” said El Dorado head coach Jordon Regehr.
“I am very optimistic that we can turn things around, but we'll have to do it in a hurry as we have Buhler coming to town Tuesday. I'm hoping we can start to execute a little better, which will allow our guys to play much more confidently,” added Regehr.
Augusta will travel to McPherson on Tuesday, Jan. 9 to take on one of the top teams in the state. El Dorado will host Buhler onTuesday.
Augusta 15 22 7 19 — 63
El Dorado 2 8 11 8 — 35
Augusta: J. Clausing 17, Z. Burton 10, C. Whitehead 9, C. Wesbrooks 6, J. Swink 6, E. Brown 4, J. Jackson 3, J. Bodyk 2, L. Price 2, Z. Davidson 2, C. Johnson 2.
El Dorado: J. Koehler 14, P. Duryea 6, C. Price 3, E. Hanks 3, J. Johnson 3, H. Armijo 2, C. Clausing 2, A. Haines 1, M. Walker 1.