YATES CENTER – The Altoona-Midway High School boys’ basketball team played its second ranked opponent in four days, and the results were the same as the Jets came out on the short end of a 58-20 decision against the Sedan Blue Devils in the Yates Center Tournament here Thursday.
The Blue Devils were ranked 7th in Class 2A entering the week, and they showed why as they stormed out to a 16-2 lead after just one period of play.
“We have our times where we show the potential that this team has and there are times when they seem to fall back into old habits,” said AMHS head coach Justin Logan. “Old habits die hard but these kids are getting there a day at a time. We will get there. It just doesn’t happen overnight.”
Sedan rolled to a 32-6 halftime advantage and stretched the lead to 56-13 after three quarters of play. The Jets did manage to outscore the Blue Devils 7-2 in the final eight minutes.
“Tonight we had some stretches where we executed our game plan and played some sound defense. There were times when we would handle the ball, shoot the ball well, and look really well in general offensively,” Logan noted. “The problem is when you're playing a team as strong as Sedan, you can't have flashes of being good, you have to be good at all times and we aren't quite there yet this early in the season.”
Clement Huffman led the Jets with six points, while Dawson Ashmore netted four and Caden Carter and Jimmy Willard had three apiece.
Walker and Brewer each poured in 16 points for the talented Sedan squad. Sears and Campbell added eight and six, respectively, for the Blue Devils.
“We are continuing to move in the right direction with these young basketball players as we gear up for a quick turnaround (Friday),” Logan said. “We talked about this stretch being against some stiff competition but it's only good for us down the road.”