BOYS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Adrian's last-second heroics seals victory against W-WG
ADRIAN -- The final minute in Saturday night's boys' basketball game at Adrian didn't lack drama.
Jordan Kontz hit 1 of 2 free throws with 31 seconds remaining to lead Adrian to 54-53 victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove in a Red Rock Conference game that featured a dramatic ending.
After Kontz's free throw gave the Dragons a one-point lead, W-WG turned the ball over near midcourt with 16 seconds remaining and was forced to foul Adrian's Danny Parsley, who then missed both free throws
The Chargers wasted their second-chance opportunity after again turning the ball over, but they regained possession with eight-tenths of a second remaining after their full-court press forced Adrian into a turnover.
The Chargers inbounded from underneath their own basket but missed a tip-in try at the buzzer.
Brian Tjepkes scored 17 points -- 13 in the first half -- to go along with five rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead the Dragons, who won their eighth consecutive game.
Jesse Brake added 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals, and Nate Reyne scored 12 points. Parsely had seven rebounds, and Justin Weidert, who drilled a 3-pointer with three minutes remaining to tie the game, added four assists for Adrian, which overcame a five-point halftime deficit.
Jace Jarmer scored 18 points to lead W-WG, which held a 29-24 rebounding advantage. Mason Comnick had 14 points, and Derek Eichner added 10 for the Chargers, who only had four players score.
Eight Dragons scored in the game.
Adrian (11-2, 8-1) will travel to face Murray County Central on Tuesday. W-WG (11-4, 6-3) will travel to face Southwest Christian on Tuesday.
W-WG 33 20 -- 53
Adrian 28 26 -- 54
Edgerton 61, ML/B-O 43
EDGERTON -- Alex Heard connected on six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and Alex Van't Hof hit five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points to lead Edgerton to an 18-point victory over Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin.
The Flying Dutchmen went 9-for-15 from beyond the arc in the first half en route to a 42-22 lead at the intermission, and they finished the game with an 11-for-28 mark from 3-point range.
Alex Elgersma had 13 rebounds, and Codi Gunnink had 11 for Edgerton (6-7, 4-5), which will host Southwest Star Concept on Tuesday.
Marty Van Peursem added six assists in the victory.
Steven Herrig and Cody Adrian each scored eight points to lead ML/B-O (4-9, 1-6), which will host Fulda on Tuesday.
ML/B-O 22 21 -- 43
Edgerton 42 19 -- 61
Fulda 72, RL-B 34
FULDA -- Aaron Leinen scored 14 points, and Tyler Goedtke had 10 points and five assists to help the Raiders defeat Round Lake-Brewster and snap a four-game losing streak.
Kyle Jans added 19 points, and Devin Kuehne had six steals for Fulda.
Dillon Hansen scored 19 points to lead RL-B, which trailed 30-15 at halftime.
Fulda (6-8, 4-6) will travel to face Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin on Tuesday. RL-B (1-12, 0-8) will look to snap a seven-game losing streak when it hosts Hills-Beaver Creek on Tuesday.
RL-B 15 19 -- 34
Fulda 30 42 -- 72
Ellsworth 69, MCC 37
ELLSWORTH -- Adam Van Der Stoep hit a career-high 10 3-pointers and finished with 30 points to lead Ellsworth to its ninth straight victory.
A senior guard, Van Der Stoep went 10-for-14 from beyond the arc and fell just three treys shy of Ellsworth's single-game record, which was set by Van Der Stoep's brother, Aaron.
Casey Schilling added 12 points, and Trevor Gruis had 11 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and three steals.
Tayler Streff had 16 points, and Kyle Lewis added nine to lead Murray County Central, which trailed 34-15 at halftime.
Ellsworth (12-2, 8-0), will travel to face Red Rock Central on Tuesday. MCC (4-10, 3-6) will host Adrian on Tuesday.
MCC 15 22 -- 37
Ellsworth 34 35 -- 69
JCC 39, ELC 30
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa -- Jackson County Central outscored Estherville Lincoln Central 14-0 in the second quarter en route to a nine-point non0conference victory.
Pat Garvin had 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Nathan Brandt had three points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Huskies, who snapped an eight-game losing streak.
Joel Hartzler added eight points, and Trevon Bargfrede added six points and nine rebounds in the victory.
JCC (4-11) will travel to face Redwood Valley on Monday.
JCC 7 14 9 9 -- 39
ELC 7 0 10 13 -- 30
SSC 57, SWC 52
OKABENA -- Southwest Star Concept senior forward Ben Scheevel scored 16 points in the game's first nine minutes and 42 seconds Saturday night, sparking his team to an early 24-11 lead on Southwest Christian in a Red Rock Conference boys' basketball match-up.
Scheevel finished the contest with 28 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, as the Quasars (8-4, 5-3) held off the Eagles and earned a 57-52 victory in a game that will likely effect both the conference standings and the upcoming sub-section seedings.
Scheevel scored in a variety of ways, as he broke open on backdoor cuts, converted steals into lay-ups, sank pull-up jumpers and drained a pair of timely 3-pointers. He was also six-of-nine from the free throw line.
After a rebound basket by William Cranston (13 points) and a backdoor bucket by Scheevel (off an assist pass from Jeremy Crocker) gave the Quasars a quick 4-0 lead, Southwest Christian's Derek Tinklenberg scored on a pull-up jumper and a nifty drive down the lane, knotting the game at 4-4.
A free throw by Scheevel put SSC ahead 5-4 and the Quasars never trailed again, bursting to leads of 11-6, 15-8 and 17-11 before going on a 7-0 run to take a 24-11 advantage with 8:18 to play in the first half.
A timeout by SWC coach Jamie Pap helped change the momentum, as the Eagles (6-4, 4-4) soared back with a 9-0 run, which was nearly an 11-0 surge -- but Cranston drew a key charge to nullify a fastbreak basket by the visitors, keeping the score at 24-20 with 4:31 to play.
Scheevel added a trio of free throws (finishing the half with 21 points) and Logan Glaser connected on a clutch shot from the corner, helping the Quasars hold a 32-30 lead at intermission.
Alex Collin¹s sweeping left-handed hook, in traffic, lifted SSC to a 38-32 lead with 13:50 to play, but the Eagles scored five of the next seven points, as Cody Huisken knocked down a 3-pointer and Tinklenberg cleared himself for a jumper.
But Scheevel made the score 43-37 with his second 3-pointer of the game and Glaser later sank a pair of free throws, giving the Quasars a 45-41 edge with 8:09 to play.
After a couple of turnovers by SSC and some missed shots by the Eagles, Cranston and Kirk McBreen delivered the knockout blows for the Quasars.
Cranston sank a shot from the corner, and later connected from the top of the key, lifting SSC to a 49-42 lead.
Following a steal by Cory Pelzel (four assists) McBreen's 3-pointer from the right wing gave the Quasars a 52-42 lead with 4:59 to play.
A nice step through move by SWC's Jared Mouw (10 points, nine rebounds) cut the lead to 52-44, but Scheevel passed to Cranston for a basket, lifting SSC back up by 10 (54-44) with 4:03 left.
A minute and five seconds later, Scheevel fouled out and the Eagles made one last surge, as Kendall Stroeh made a shot from the corner, Tinklenberg (15 points, two steals) stroked a 3-pointer and Mouw converted a steal into a layup, closing the gap to 54-51 with 2:04 remaining.
But McBreen (four assists) came down with a big rebound for the Quasars 36 seconds later, and then with 54 seconds on the clock, he faked and sank a shot in the lane, lifting SSC up 56-51.
Collin collared a huge rebound for the Quasars with 37 seconds left, and later, after Spencer Mesman made a free throw for Eagles, McBreen's free throw with nine seconds to play gave SSC its five-point win.
Nic Pfeifle had a strong all-around game for the Eagles (11 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals), while Corey Vis (five rebounds, two steals), Tyler Van Schepen (four assists) and Zach Huisken (five rebounds, three blocks) were also among the stat chart leaders for SWC.
The Eagles play at Westbrook Tuesday, while the Quasars play at Lake Park tonight.
SWC 30 22 -- 52
SSC 32 25 -- 57