Prep boys basketball: H-BC thumps SWU
OKABENA —Jumping out to early leads of 11-3 and 19-9 Thursday night, Hills-Beaver Creek utilized its aggressiveness to claim a 72-54 victory over Southwestern United in Red Rock Conference high school boys’ basketball action.
The Patriots, who won their first game of the new season, were paced by the combination of senior guard Dylan Gehrke (26 points, eight rebounds) and junior post player Carey Taubert (19 points, 14 rebounds).
H-BC (1-2) had 15 turnovers in the contest, but the Patriots netted 17-of-22 free throws to help stave off a strong late first-half comeback by the Wildcats.
Sparking SWU’s rally in the closing minutes prior to intermission was 6-4 senior center Zach Schumacher, who scored several times on offensive rebounds. Schumacher finished the game with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Wildcats, who lost possession of the ball 19 times on turnovers and made just nine-of-22 free throws in the game.
Both teams host conference games Tuesday, as Red Rock Central travels to Okabena and Adrian visits Hills.
H-BC 32 72
SW United 26 54
JCC 77, Luverne 65
JACKSON —Putting all five starters in double figures, Jackson County Central won its Southwest Conference opener with a 12-point victory over Luverne.
Senior guard Brady Place connected on four three-pointers in the game and finished with a varsity career-high 19 points to lead the Huskies (2-0), while teammates Jon Harmening (17 rebounds), Darnell Taylor-Breck (five asssits), Zach Schwarting (six rebounds) and Colton Timmer netted 18, 14, 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Place was also charted with four assists and four steals for the Huskies, who shot 56 percent (24-of-43) on two-point field goal attempts and connected on six-of-17 from behind the arc (35 percent).
Josh Slieter scored 16 points, claimed six rebounds and had a trio of steals for Luverne (1-3), while Nolan Sawtelle scored 12 points, came up with three steals and had four assists.
Blake Ziegler distributed seven assists and scored nine points for LHS, which was a mere 14 percent (four-of-29) on three-point shot attempts.
Trenton Rops and Quinten Siebenahler both had six rebounds for the Cardinals, who tangle with Martin County West tonight (8:30) at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
JCC plays Maple River tonight in the opening round of a four-team tournament at Mapleton.
JCC 38 77
Luverne 27 65
MLA 59, Springfield 53
MOUNTAIN LAKE — Andrew Hempeck enjoyed a well-rounded game for Mountain Lake Area in its victory over Springfield, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Teammate Carter Kirk added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Cody Klassen poured in 14 points.
Tyler Vogel scored 20 points to lead Springfield.
Springfield 21 53
MLA 19 59
H-LP 63, Okoboji 46
LAKE PARK, Iowa — Brady Van Iperen scored 15 points, Dahlton Burdorf had 14 and Skylar Cudmore 11 in leading Harris-Lake Park to victory over Okoboji.
Jordan Kyle had 17 rebounds to go along with eight points, and Cole Bosma had nine points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the victorious Wolves, now 1-1.
Alex Heller tallied 10 points for Okoboji.
Okoboji 5 20 27 46
H-LP 20 34 49 63