By David Keech
January 18, 2019
Abbotsford-– The Stratford boys have taken down opponents all season with a balanced attack, and their multiple weapons make it difficult for defenses to slow them down. Friday night was more of the same, as the Tigers proved to be too much for Abbotsford to handle, in a 75-37 win.
Stratford held a 36-17 halftime lead, and despite a sluggish start, Stratford got into a rhythm.
“We finally were playing like we can,” said Stratford junior Ben Barten. “We started out super slow. We had a day of no school, then a Monday off of practice, we were a bit sluggish getting back.”
The Tigers made it very clear at the start of the second half that they intended to put the game out of reach right away. A basket inside by Ben Barten was followed by a three-pointer from Okley Wrensch, and with a minute gone, the score was 41-19.
“We weren’t sticking to our keys early, and weren’t kicking into gear. We then followed how we were coached,” Barten explained.
Barten then seemingly pushed the floodgates wide open with his basket and free throw with 16:50 left to go. The basket seemed to spark the Tigers into a wide open gear and Stratford cruised the rest of the way.
Barten summed up the keys to the Tigers’ success, a recipe for Stratford success.
“There isn’t a big theory on what we need to do,” Barten shared. “We are just playing basketball. There’s an open guy, get it to him. ”
Stratford(75) Max Vanderhoof 6, Okley Wrensch 8, Dawson Danen 8, Branden Ackley 7, Vaughn Breit 7, Lande Heidman 10, Ben Barten 17, Tyler Lappe 2
Abbotsford(37) Cade Faber 15, Blake Draper 8, Reiley Schreiber 2, Aaron Schmeiser 2, Ezra Kremsreiter 8, Chase Sperl 2