Auburn keying on creating more opportunities, limiting turnovers

AUBURN, Neb. – The message coaches relay to their players on the Auburn boys basketball team comes down to three points each game: (1) take great shots, (2) have great assurance with the ball and (3) try to make stops.

The Bulldogs (5-6) will focus on using those traits when they play their second consecutive Class C1-1 district opponent Friday night at Fairbury High School. They defeated Falls City, 58-48, on Tuesday.

Auburn had 16 turnovers in their game against the Tigers and head coach Jim Weeks says that’s like taking away a quarter of scoring from your team.

“That’s the reason why an offensive rebound is huge and getting a steal. You’re going to create more offensive opportunities for yourself. Obviously, we want to make sure we take great shots. We have high-percentage shots. Then, make some plays on defense and make every one of their shots difficult.”

The Bulldogs have lost two games in triple overtime and are a possession or two away from having eight or nine wins, according to Weeks. He thinks they have a great shot to finish strong during the last third of the season if they continue to be good teammates and believe in each other.

Auburn and Fairbury are scheduled to tip-off following the girls game (around 7:45 p.m.). News Channel Nebraska will carry the game on Today’s Best Country, B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm).

Auburn at Fairbury

When: Girls: 6 p.m. Friday / Boys: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Fairbury High School

Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm

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