BOYS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Raiders escape with narrow winLAMBERTON — Just when it looked like Red Rock Central had successfully crawled out of the jaws of defeat, it wasn’t to be so.
LAMBERTON — Just when it looked like Red Rock Central had successfully crawled out of the jaws of defeat, it wasn’t to be so.
The Falcons launched a desperation shot from just inside half court at the end of Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game against Fulda — which went in — but it was ruled as having been shot after the buzzer, leaving the Raiders with a 48-46 victory.
Jeff DeCock had tied the game at 46-46 with a free-throw moments earlier, but then Fulda’s Andy Oakland made a driving layup with 0.8 seconds remaining for what turned out to be the game winner.
FHS was led by 15 points and nine rebounds from Matthew Appel and also got 13 points from Rob Kuhl and eight rebounds from Aaron Tiesler.
RRC was led by Tyler Erickson with 13 points, Henry Rogotzke with 10 points and Daniel Maras with nine rebounds.
The Raiders (11-33, 8-7) will play at Adrian on Friday.
RRC (7-14, 5-10) is at home against Southwest Star Concept on Friday.
Fulda 29 19 — 48
RRC 28 18 — 46
H-BC 65, SSC 36
OKABENA — Stringing together a pair of impressive first-half runs, Hills-Beaver Creek won its 19th game of the season, as the Patriots rolled to a 29-point victory over Southwest Star Concept.
Capitalizing on turnovers forced by its full-court zone press, H-BC stormed out of the gates with a 14-0 run in the game’s first three minutes and 29 seconds.
The Quasars countered with an 11-6 surge over the next four minutes, as senior Alex Meyer (11 points, five rebounds) scored SSC’s first eight points.
But, the Patriots responded by netting 21 of the next 23 points and posting a huge 41-13 halftime lead.
After H-BC scored the first two points of the second half, completing a 23-2 burst, Meyer drilled his third 3-pointer of the night and the Quasars followed with three more from behind the arc (one by Jameson Collin and two straight by Brazilian foreign-exchange student Fred Pellegrini) to end a nearly 11-minute dry spell.
The Patriots (19-5, 12-3) maintained a comfortable lead, but the Quasars (8-13, 5-10) never let the score get to a running-time situation.
Travis Helgeson scored 12 points in the first half for H-BC and finished with game-highs of 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Seth Nuffer (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Karic Wiertzema (14 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals) each netted nine first-half points for the Patriots, who also received 10 points in the game from Cory Tilstra and were helped by Jordan Larson’s four steals.
Pellegrini finished with eight points for SSC, while Collin had six points and six rebounds.
The Quasars, who hit six 3-point shots in the game, play at Red Rock Central (Lamberton) Friday night, while H-BC travels to Ellsworth the same evening.
SSC 13 23 — 36
H-BC 41 24 — 65
T-M-B 84, JCC 77
JACKSON — Jackson County Central closed the score to 52-50 after trailing by 10 points at halftime, but were unable to overcome Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, which was led by 34 points from Joe Hook.
Dominic Dolan also had a good night for the Panthers, netting 21 points.
The Huskies were led by 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Ty Schwarting. Nolan Luhmann added 15 points, six assists and six rebounds and Bryce Christopher contributed 13 points and six rebounds.
Zach Copley added six points for JCC, Jon Harmening had six points and Logan Hall netted five points.
The Huskies (15-8) host Blue Earth Area on Tuesday.
T-M-B (20-2) is scheduled to play at MACCRAY on Friday.
T-M-B 40 44 — 84
JCC 30 47 — 77
Ellsworth 79, Edgerton 47
EDGERTON — Casey Schilling did a little bit of everything against Edgerton, leading Ellsworth to victory.
Schilling had 25 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, four steals and four blocks.
Nick Nolte added 20 points, eight assists and six steals for the Panthers, Dalton Huisman had 17 points and five assists and Travis Kvaale contributed five rebounds.
Johnny Menning led the Flying Dutchmen with 12 points, Brett Ford added 10 points and Dylan Voge led the team with seven rebounds.
Ellsworth (21-3, 14-1) is at home on Friday against Hills-Beaver Creek.
Edgerton (5-14) host Southwest Christian on Friday.
Ellsworth 44 35 — 79
Edgerton 21 26 — 47
RL-B 53, MCC 50
ROUND LAKE — Tim Kennedy registered a strong double-double as Round Lake- Brewster edged Murray County Central.
Kennedy had 19 points and 13 rebounds, teammate Jake Walker added 16 points and four assists and Mitch VanWesten contributed six assists and five steals.
The Rebels received 12 points from Chris Halbur, 11 points from Sam Nysetvold and 10 points from Trent Carlson.
The Raiders (8-13, 7-8) host Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Friday.
MCC (10-11) is at Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin on Friday.
MCC 30 20 — 50
RL-B 28 25 — 53
SWC 74, Adrian 47
EDGERTON — Southwest Christian broke apart a close contest with a dominant second half to beat Adrian.
The Eagles were led by a double-double from Zach Huisken (24 points and 13 rebounds), who also had five blocks and two assists.
Keeran Sampson added 13 points and four rebounds for SWC, Andrew Top had a good all-around performance with five points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals and Dominic Nibbelink contributed nine points, three assists and two steals.
Brandon Weidert led the Dragons with 24 points and added six rebounds and two steals. Kyle Kilgore had a double (15 points and 11 rebounds) and added four steals and two blocks.
SWC will play at Edgerton on Friday.
Adrian hosts Fulda on Friday.
Adrian 28 19 — 47
SWC 34 40 — 74
ML/B-O 74, W-WG 25
MOUNTAIN LAKE — A huge first half by Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin set the pace of the game as the Wolverines won big against Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Carter Kirk and Beau Herrig each had a double-double for ML/B-O. Kirk had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Herrig had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Herrig also had five assists.
Cody Penner contributed 16 points and five assists for the Wolverines.
Taylor Lindaman led the Chargers with 12 points.
ML/B-O (15-6) is home against Murray County Central on Friday.
W-WG (3-18) plays at Round Lake-Brewster on Friday.
W-WG 7 18 — 25
ML/B-O 44 30 — 74
CL 53, H-LP 49
LAKE PARK, Iowa — Central Lyon provided an upset in the semifinals of the Iowa District 2 boys’ basketball playoffs by winning a close battle against Harris-Lake Park, 53-49, Tuesday night.
Clayton Bush led the Lions with 15 points and Jordan Acevedo added 12 points.
The Wolves were led by Eli Ihnen with 14 points and five rebounds. Brady Nissen added nine points, five rebounds and five assists.
H-LP (18-5) will graduate six seniors from the team but will retain a strong squad, including three starting players.
Central Lyon (11-12) will play in Sheldon Thursday against the winner of the game between Boyden-Hull and LeMars Gehlen Catholic.
CL 15 13 14 11 — 53
H-LP 14 9 16 10 — 49
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