(Atlantic) Atlantic's switch from man-to-man to a 1-3-1 zone defense turned things in their favor in a 56-32 road win. It was a slow start for both teams with Clarinda leading 8-6 through the opening quarter. Atlantic's first field goal of the game didn't come until the last three minutes of the first quarter. The Trojans trailed 11-6 at one point before closing the half on a 17-4 spurt.
Atlantic built their lead into double figures early in the second half and never looked back. Ryan Hawkins scored a game high 22 points including hitting three 3-pointers in the win. Garrett Franken added 13 for the Trojans who relied on their defense to offset a 37% shooting night. Another key for Atlantic was a 17/22 showing from the free throw line compared to Clarinda's 3/7 from the line. Boosting Atlantic's cause were post players Nich Podhajsky going 4-4 and Adam Wieser 2-2.
The win is Atlantic's first on the road this season, they are now 3-11 overall. The win also snaps a six game losing streak. Clarinda has dropped five of their last seven to dip to 4-10 overall.
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