PREP BOYS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Late run lifts Southwest Christian past Quasars
OKABENA -- For more than 28 minutes Friday night, the Southwest Star Concept Quasars battled the Red Rock Conference-leading Southwest Christian Eagles evenly in a well-played, competitive high school boys' basketball game.
But over a five-minute stretch of the second half -- from the 9:45 mark to when 4:41 showed on the clock -- the Eagles were able to string together a 19-3 run, changing a 41-40 edge into a commanding 60-43 lead.
SSC, which had rallied to come within five points late in the first half, had an impressive 12-3 second-half surge, trimming a 10-point (38-28) deficit down to just a single point.
But the Eagles (7-1, 5-0) stretched their lead by scoring in a variety of ways and coming up with several defensive stops.
SWC shot 56 percent from two-point range (20 of 36), but was just 28 percent (five of 18) from behind the arc. The Eagles, however, sank a trio of 3-pointers during their game-opening surge.
Zach Huisken, a 6-9 junior, paced a balanced SWC scoring attack with 19 points, while also claiming 13 rebounds and coming up with a trio of steals.
Dominic Nibbelink had a strong all-around game for the Eagles with 14 points, five assists and three steals, while Andrew Top (13) and Darwin Reitsma (10) also scored in double figures.
Klint Knutson, a 5-8 sophomore guard, dished off five assists for the Eagles, who are the 12-team league's only undefeated team in conference action.
Jameson Collin, a 6-5 junior, had another impressive double-double for the Quasars (6-4, 3-4), as he scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Sean Haberman, a 5-11 senior, scored a career-high 19 points and had three steals for SSC, while Austin Liepold (eight rebounds) and Andrew Kramer (three steals) each tallied five points.
SW Christian plays a make-up game at Adrian tonight, while SSC has until Thursday to prepare for its next game at Mountain Lake against the Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Wolverines.
SW Christian 32 35 -- 67
SSC 24 27 -- 51
Fulda 53, W-WG 38
WESTBROOK -- A dominating performance on the offensive boards was a big reason for Fulda's 15-point victory on the road against Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
The Raiders had a total of 24 offensive rebounds -- compared to just two for W-WG -- as Rob Kuhl (nine) and Matt Appel (eight) combined for 17 of those second-chance efforts.
Aaron Tiesler netted a game-high 18 points to lead Fulda's scoring, while Kuhl (12 rebounds) and Appel (11 rebounds) contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Mic Holinka passed for five assists to lead the Raiders' floor game, while Max Dibble (four assists, five rebounds) was another key contributor.
Fulda (7-6, 4-3) opened the second half with a 21-5 run to break open what had been a closely-contested game prior to intermission.
Jacob Comnick scored 11 points and had six rebounds for the Chargers (3-9, 1-5), while Aaron Theisen and John Elzenga each scored nine points.
W-WG hosts Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Monday evening.
Fulda's next game is at Hills-Beaver Creek Thursday night.
Fulda 25 28 -- 53
W-WG 23 15 -- 38
H-BC 85, RL-B 46
ROUND LAKE -- Shooting 78 percent (21 of 27) from the field -- inside the arc -- Hills-Beaver Creek turned in an impressive performance on the road and claimed a lop-sided victory over Round Lake-Brewster.
The Patriots (10-4, 5-2) scored 50 points in the first half and finished the night with five players in double figures.
Travis Helgeson scored 17 points to lead the balanced H-BC attack, while Jordan Larson (six assists), Karic Wiertzema (10 rebounds, six assists), Cory Tilstra and Jeff Sandbulte contributed 14, 13, 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Raiders (5-5, 4-2) were paced by MitchVan Westen's 12 points.
H-BC travels south of the border to tangle with West Lyon tonight, while RL-B will cross the state line Monday night for a game at Lake Park, Iowa, tangling with the rival Harris-Lake Park Wolves.
H-BC 50 35 -- 85
RL-B 31 15 -- 46
Redwood Valley 57, PA 51
PIPESTONE -- Michael Busack scored 26 points and J.T. Radel netted 17 more as Redwood Valley (10-3, 5-2) stayed near the top of the Southwest Conference standings with a hard-fought six-point win over Pipestone Area.
Jacob Derby paced a well-balanced scoring attack for the Arrows (1-8, 0-7), while Aaron Kozlowski and Tyler Rieck contributed 10 and eight points, respectively.
PA travels to Granite Falls today for a non-conference game against Yellow Medicine East.
Marshall leads the conference with a 4-1 league mark, followed closely by Redwood Valley (5-2), Windom (5-2) and Worthington (4-2).
Redwood 23 34 -- 57
PA 23 28 -- 51
ML/B-O 58, Edgerton 42
EDGERTON -- Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin scored 29 points in each half, the Wolverines' consistent effort enough to beat Edgerton.
Cody Penner led ML/B-O with 15 points, Beau Herrig added 13 points, and Carter Kirk netted 10 points.
Tanner DeKam and Johnny Menning both had 14 points for the Flying Dutchmen, and Menning added five steals.
The Wolverines (8-3) are on the road at Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Monday.
Edgerton (1-5) hosts Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on Monday.
ML/B-O 29 29 -- 58
Edgerton 24 18 -- 42
T-M-B 77, K-M-S 31
TRACY -- An overpowering team effort in which each of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton's 13 players recorded at least one point or one assist led to a lop-sided win against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.
Dominic Dolan led the scoring for the Panthers with 18 points, and also contributed three assists and six steals.
Shane Erickson had a double-double with 14 points and a whopping 17 rebounds, Jeremy Hoflock added 12 points, and Joe Hook had nine points.
Taylor Hoffbeck chipped in six rebounds for the Panthers, and James Fultz had six steals.
T-M-B (11-1) hosts Windom on Tuesday.
K-M-S 25 6 -- 31
T-M-B 51 26 -- 77
H-LP 81, W-CL-T 30
LAKE PARK, Iowa -- An electric first quarter gave Harris-Lake Park an early 24-point advantage, and the Wolves never looked back in a rout of Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka.
Eli Ihnen had a standout game for H-LP, just missing out on a triple-double. He had 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
H-LP's Brady Nissen scored 19 points and had nine rebounds, Kade Heikens had 10 points, three steals and four assists, and Dalton Peterson contributed eight points and 11 rebounds.
The Wolves (12-2 overall, 6-0 conference) host Sibley-Ocheyedan tonight. The varsity game tips off at 7:30 p.m.
W-CL-T 6 15 4 5 -- 30
H-LP 30 19 16 16 -- 81
Ellsworth 73, MCC 65
ELLSWORTH -- A 28-point performance by Ellsworth's Nick Nolte and a double-double from teammate Casey Schilling was too much for Murray County Central to overcome.
Nolte netted six 3-pointers -- five in the first half -- and also had four steals. Schilling had 19 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks, five steals and eight assists.
Dalton Huisman added 10 points, five steals and six assists for the Panthers, and Travis Kvalle chipped in five rebounds.
Sam Nysetvold lead the Rebels with 21 points -- including three 3-pointers -- and Nate Wieneke netted 14 points, adding four 3-pointers of his own. Sam Beech contributed 13 points.
MCC will travel to Southwest Christian on Thursday.
Ellsworth (10-2 overall, 5-1 conference) plays at Pipestone Area on Tuesday.
MCC 27 38 -- 65
Ellsworth 42 31 -- 73
RRC 56, Adrian 54
ADRIAN -- Red Rock Central took the lead with just 20 seconds left, holding on to beat Adrian in a nail-biting finish.
Jeff DeCock led the Falcons with 17 points, Andrew Engen scored 16 points, and Daniel Maras added 10 points.
Brandon Weidert led the Dragons with 22 points, and Kyle Kilgore added 19 points.
RRC (3-8) travels to play Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's on Monday.
Adrian (1-13) is at home tonight against Southwest Christian.
RRC 32 24 -- 56
Adrian 26 28 -- 54
S-O 46, Rock Valley 42
SIBLEY, Iowa -- A 17-point third quarter lifted Sibley-Ocheydan to a 10-point lead on Rock Valley in Siouxland Conference boys' basketball action, and the Generals were able to hang on for a four-point victory over the Rockets.
Tyler Decker scored 12 points for S-O, while Jacob Bos pulled down seven rebounds and Patrick Alexander came up with five steals.
The Generals (6-6, 5-6) travel to Lake Park tonight for a non-conference clash with Harris-Lake Park.
RV 9 8 10 15 -- 42
S-O 8 11 17 10 -- 46
Sheldon 56, G-LR 37
GEORGE, Iowa -- Sophomore guard Chris Balster ripped the nets for a game-high 17 points to lead the Sheldon Orabs to a Siouxland Conference win over George-Little Rock.
Dallas Ennema and Josh Van Kekerkix each added nine points for the Orabs, who outscored the Mustangs by a 16-7 margin in the third quarter.
G-LR had 20 turnovers in the contest and missed 20 shots (3-of-23) from 3-point range.
Ethan Van Briesen (10 rebounds) and Eric Schilling each scored eight points for the Mustangs, who host Unity Christian Monday night.
Sheldon 15 10 16 15 -- 56
G-LR 9 11 7 10 -- 37