On Friday, it was built for one of the NTC’s biggest games so far this season. It was a close game early on, but Altamont showed his defensive prowess in midfield. The Indians went on to win in decisive fashion, winning 61–43 over North Clay.
Both teams went on a winning streak and lived up to the game’s hype by coming back early in the game to place fourth. North Clay’s Alex Boose started the game with his 3. Altamont has a 3 from Avery Jahraus to give him a 5-3 lead. Cardinals’ Logan Freener traded baskets back and forth with the Indians as Freener poured in a six in the first quarter. The freener made a layup at the end of the quarter to cut the lead to 3 with him going 1-1 to make him 16-13.
Mason Robinson will take over second for Altamont. Robinson scored eight in the quarter, including several big threes. Jared Hammer will also be big with some key steals in some parts of the next few quarters. Eric Colman was also a beast in the first half, mostly offensive putbacks where he scored six. Freener scored six more to try and keep the Cardinals in it. If the Indians’ defensive stop was slow, his lead would extend to nine with a break of 30-21.
Coming out of the locker, North Clay started to have several turnovers and shots didn’t fall on the card. Altamont took the lead in the second half. Some key plays late in the quarter came from Hammer and Dillan Elam. Hammer off Steele found Coleman running in transition on a layup and sent the crowd into a frenzy. Elam will also make a 3 later in the quarter as the lead extends to his 14 after his 3 at 43-29.
In the fourth quarter Altamont closed out the game with a few more baskets from Colman. A Jahraus 3-pointer with less than two minutes left turned into a dagger and Altamont go on to win 61-43. Altamont’s winning streak hits his double digits and is currently at 10.
Altamont improve to 15-3 overall and 3-0 in NTC. Winning is very important in the conference tournament seeding meeting on Saturday morning.
North Clay sees their winning streak come to an end at eight. The Cardinals fall 12-5 and he 3-1 in the NTC.
Robinson 19, Jarus 15, Colman 14, Elam 5, Erhard 4, Hammer 2
North Clay Point
Fleaner 23, Booth 12, Gimders 4, Smith 4.