PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Red Rock Central takes down Ellsworth in Red Rock Conference matchup
ELLSWORTH -- Jeff DeCock scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Red Rock Central Falcons to a 58-57 win over the Ellsworth Panthers during a Red Rock Conference boys' basketball game Friday.
Red Rock Central got off to a fast start and led by 13 at halftime, but the Panthers were able to outscore the Falcons 40-28 in the second half to make it a close game in the end.
Henry Rogotzke dished out five assists for the Falcons, while Tyler Halland had five rebounds. DeCock also picked up seven rebounds and five steals.
Mitch Leuthold dropped 18 points for the Panthers to go along with 15 points from John Kramer. Dan Kramer added 16 points and five assists in the game.
The Falcons (11-8, 7-5) host Mountain Lake Area Tuesday, while the Panthers (5-16, 5-7) host Southwestern United Tuesday.
RRC 30 28 -- 58
Ellsworth 17 40 -- 57
SW United 71,
Granada-Huntley EC 65
OKABENA -- In a tightly-contested game which featured numerous lead changes and several ties, Southwestern United prevailed with a victory over Granada-Huntley-East Chain as Wildcat junior guard Cole Bosma made six straight free throws in the closing minutes to keep his team in the lead.
Senior forward Andrew Kramer, who scored 11 points and had a dandy assist in the game's first four minutes, connected on a clutch 3-pointer (off a Zach Schumacher screen) with just over two minutes remaining, which gave the Wildcats a 63-62 edge.
Kramer sank a pair of 3's in each half and finished with a game-high 27 points (15 in the first half), while also claiming five rebounds.
Kramer's early burst helped the Wildcats vault to a quick 13-5 lead, but the Mustangs rallied and held a 26-21 advantage late in the first half.
A steal and layup by Bosma (14 points, three steals) helped SWU take a three-point edge (30-27) into the break.
G-H-EC countered with a 21-12 run over the opening eight minutes of the second half, leading 48-42.
A 3-pointer by Bosma tied the score at 50-all and the contest remained highly-competitive all the way to the finish.
Mark Ferguson (10 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals) and Schumacher (eight points, five rebounds) also contributed big for the Wildcats, who improve to 9-9 overall this season and travel to Ellsworth for a Red Rock Conference game Tuesday.
Konnor Kristenson drilled four 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 21 points to lead the Mustangs (4-12), who -- like the Wildcats -- play their post-season in Section 2A.
Ryan Shumski (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Dylan Petrowiak (11 points) also scored in double figures for G-H-EC, which plays at Truman Monday against the combination of Truman/Martin Luther.
G-H-EC 27 38 -- 65
SW United 30 41 -- 71
Edgerton 62, Fulda 55
EDGERTON -- Jorge Lopez picked up 17 points to lead the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen to a win over the Fulda Raiders Friday.
After trailing 32-19 at the end of the first half, the Raiders came back to take a 53-50 lead with 2 minutes, 46 seconds left in the game. However, Lopez scored seconds later to spark a 12-2 run for the Dutchmen to seal the win.
Brett Ford and Isaac Heard had 16 points and four assists apiece for the Dutchmen, while Ford added six steals and Heard picked up nine rebounds. Austin Mertens had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Andy Oakland scored a game-high 29 points for the Raiders, while Zach Holt had 11 points. Todd Peterson put up nine points and had five assists to go along with eight rebounds by Kole Kramer.
The Dutchmen (6-10, 5-7) host Minneota Monday, while the Raiders take on Westbrook-Walnut Grove Tuesday.
Fulda 19 36 -- 55
Edgerton 32 30 -- 62
JCC 58, PA 39
PIPESTONE -- Jon Harmening produced a 17-point, 16-rebound double-double to lead the Jackson County Central Huskies to a 19-point victory over the Pipestone Area Arrows in a Southwest Conference boys' basketball game.
Taylor Christopher had 15 points and eight assists for JCC, while Nolan Hohenstein (eight points, eight rebounds) and Austin Hinkeldey (seven points) were among the other key contributors for the Huskies.
Dominic Freese led the Arrows with 16 points.
JCC (12-7, 5-5) hosts Worthington Tuesday, while PA (0-12, 5-14) hosts Murray County Central tonight.
JCC 27 31 -- 58
PA 22 17 -- 39
R-T-R 60, T-M-B 46
TRACY -- Brett Peterson poured in 26 points Friday night, leading the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights to a Camden Conference boys' basketball victory over the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers.
Brett Vercruysse scored 11 points for the Knights, who erased a two-point halftime deficit and outscored the Panthers 36-20 in the second half.
Alec Swan led T-M-B with 16 points, while Parker Lanoue added 14 points.
R-T-R (21-1, 12-0) visits Lincoln HI Friday, while T-M-B (5-14, 3-7) hosts Minneota Tuesday.
R-T-R 24 36 -- 60
T-M-B 26 20 -- 46