Boys basketball roundup: MLA wins without Kirk, 77-61
OKABENA — Playing against a good Southwestern United squad and lacking outstanding player Carter Kirk, Mountain Lake Area hit eight three-point shots and managed to stay undefeated in the Red Rock Conference 77-61 and improve to 12-1 overall Tuesday night in boys basketball play.
The Wolverines shot 50 percent (8-16) from the three-point line and 44 percent (19-43) from the field.
Cody Klassen led MLA with 27 points, and Andrew Hempeck had 17 points and an impressive 11 assists. Zach Dickens had 14 points and seven rebounds for Mountain Lake Area, and Alex Gerdes chipped in 10 points.
The Wildcats were paced by Trey Cranston’s 18 points and eight rebounds and assisted by Zach Schumacher’s 15 points. Brandon Thurk clutched eight rebounds for SWU.
MLA 39 77
SWU 28 61
Ellsworth 61, W-WG 49
ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth used a balanced attack, with five players scoring in low double figures, to defeat the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers. Justin Kruse led the Panthers with 13 points, Drew Cheskie dropped in 12, and Johnathon Kramer added 11. Ellsworth improves to a strong 12-3 with the win. Mitchell Leuthold also netted 11 for the Panthers, and Tim Nolte rounded things out with 10.
The lead man for the Chargers was Alex Knutson with 20 points, and Shane Buchman contributed 10.
W-WG 22 49
Ellsworth 33 61
SWC 74, H-BC 44
EDGERTON — After being down by a small sum at halftime, Southwest Christian buckled down defensively, and made adjustments with their guarding of Patriots star Dylan Gehrke (28 points), and ended up with a resounding 30 point win. The Eagles held Hills-Beaver Creek to only three field goals in the second half and hit their open shots.
Leighton Sampson, as usual, led Southwest with 16 points, and Jay DeBoer chipped in 15 and grabbed nine rebounds. Luke Nibbelink boosted the 9-2 Eagles with 13 points, while Clayton Huisken scored seven points and seized seven steals.
Carey Taubert had 10 points for H-BC.
H-BC 33 44
SWC 30 74
MCC 63, Fulda 42
FULDA — Nick Peterson and Jaden Boerboom both tallied 14 points and Murray County Central downed Fulda. Throughout the game, the Rebels successfully pushed the tempo and made jump shots, and Fulda was not able to convert.
The Raiders had one player in double figures, Bennett Appel with 19, and Josh Ramerth notched seven points.
MCC improves to 5-9 with the win and battles Ellsworth on Friday, and Fulda drops to 1-11 with the loss.
MCC 26 63
Fulda 21 42
T-M-B 68, CMCS 60
Tracy – Central Minnesota Christian outscored Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the second half but was not able to erase the deficit it faced at halftime.
Josh Kirk was the man for the Panthers, scoring 28 points, pulling down five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Another important contributor for T-M-B was Spencer Smith, who backed his team with 15 points and five rebounds.
Taylor Slagter led the Bluejays with 20 points, and Lucas Van Eps wasn’t far behind with 17 points and six assists. Austin Bulthuis notched 12 points for CMCS.
CMCS 22 60
TMB 35 68
Adrian 67, Edgerton 55
ADRIAN — Austin Mertens (24 points) had a big night for Edgerton, but Taylor Recker (25 points) had just a slightly bigger night for Adrian, and it was Recker’s squad that hustled throughout the night and broke Edgerton’s press to take victory.
Riley Van Klei was also in double figures for the Flying Dutchmen with 11 points. Edgerton shot 36 percent from the field and did not do well at the free throw line, converting on 8 of 17 (47 percent).
Brady Lonneman had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Adrian, and Nick Reyne scored 12 points to go along with 12 rebounds. The Dragons move to 4-8 overall and 3-5 in the Red Rock Conference with the win.
Edgerton 27 55
Adrian 40 67
Spencer 59, Sheldon 52
SHELDON, Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs could not dig themselves out of a turnover-induced hole and fell to Spencer. The Orabs had three players in double figures on the night, led by Dylan Ennema with 11, and followed by Matt Bunger and Collin Wolthuizen, who scored 10 apiece.
With the seven-point setback, Sheldon moves to 3-7 on the season, and they face Sibley Ocheyedan on Friday.
Blake Illg paced the Tigers with 18 points.
Spencer 18 33 44 59
Sheldon 17 25 41 52