Ellsworth continues winning ways against SSC
ELLSWORTH -- Cody Schilling pumped in 38 points and dished out 18 assists Thursday night, fueling the Ellsworth Panthers to a convincing 111-68 victory over Southwest Star Concept in a Red Rock Conference boys' basketball contest.
Ellsworth (1-0, 2-0) scored the game's first nine points and 13 of the first 15 -- building leads of 9-0 and 13-2 by making its initial five shots from the field.
Adam Van Der Stoep (10 points, five assists), Weston DeBerg (nine points) and Schilling (six rebounds) each drilled a three-pointer within the first 1:16 of the game to trigger the Panthers.
After SSC's Ben Scheevel (nine points) found Tyler Timko (10 points) for a basket in the lane, Trevor Gruis (26 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists) scored on a feed from Schilling, who later scored when the Panthers broke SSC's full-court pressure, to make it 13-2.
Schilling missed a shot on the Panthers' next possession, but Gruis was there for the putback bucket to give the Panthers a 15-2 advantage with 14:44 showing on the clock.
Ellsworth later stretched its lead to 25-8, as Schilling and Gruis continued to make plays, and Jordan Hinrichs (nine points) scored on a nifty spin move along the left baseline at the 11:13 mark.
SSC (0-1, 1-1) made a little run to pull within 27-14, as James Anderson (10 points, four assists) made two free throws and an eight-foot jumper before drawing a charge on the defensive end and feeding William Cranston (11 points) for a hoop to spark the Quasars.
Ellsworth, though, outscored SSC by 15 points (32-17) over the final 8:54 of the half to take a 59-31 bulge into the locker room.
Gruis scored three consecutive baskets for the Panthers, including one on a give-and-go, backdoor bounce pass from Schilling, and Tom Nolte (10 points, eight rebounds, three steals) connected from three-point land in the first two minutes of that span.
Schilling -- who scored 19 points in each half and found Gruis for a basket at least seven times -- stroked a 17-foot turnaround jumper on the right baseline and a pair of pull-up three-pointers from the top of the key, while continuing to hand out assists in a variety of ways, during the last seven minutes of the period.
"Cody just continues to get better and better," Ellsworth head coach Markus Okeson said after the game. "Everyone on the team feeds off him, and he had a direct impact on at least 70 points tonight with his scoring and passing abilities."
Ellsworth increased its lead to 80-38 by the 12:41 mark of the second half, as Gruis scored on a pair of two-handed slams to highlight a 21-7 Panthers' surge.
Van Der Stoep hooked up with Gruis on a backdoor, alley-oop lob from the left wing, and Schilling connected with the 6-8 sophomore with a lead pass in transition for another dunk.
Ellsworth's biggest lead was 51 points (93-42 and 95-44), but SSC had several second-half highlights.
Anderson scored on a drive down the lane, and Scheevel scored on a baseline drive early in the period.
Kirk McBreen (10 points) later knocked down a three-pointer from the right wing, Cory Pelzel (six points) scored on a quick drive, and Timko hit a pair of baseline shots.
Logan Glaser (six points) went four-for-four from the free-throw line in the second half, and Derek Stenzel grabbed a team-high six rebounds for the Quasars, including four straight boards in the final minutes. He also had a steal and a layup for the Quasars' final points.
Ellsworth plays in the Breakdown Tip-Off Classic at Marshall High School tonight (6:30 p.m. against Litchfield) and Saturday (2:45 p.m. vs. Rochester Mayo).
SSC hosts Westbrook-Walnut Grove Tuesday before competing in the Candy Cane Classic next Friday and Saturday at Lakeview High School in Cottonwood.
SSC 31 37 -- 68
Ellsworth 59 52 -- 111
SSC (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): McBreen 1-2-3-10, Anderson 0-2-6-10, Pelzel 0-2-2-6, Scheevel 0-2-5-9, Stenzel 0-1-0-2, Cranston 0-4-3-11, Glaser 0-1-4-6, Timko 0-5-0-10, Liepold 0-2-0-4. Totals: 1-21-23-68.
ELLSWORTH (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): Nolte 1-3-1-10, DeBerg 3-0-0-9, Kruse 0-1-2-4, Schilling 4-7-12-38, Hinrichs 1-3-0-9, Van Der Stoep 2-2-0-10, B. Gruis 0-0-4-4, T. Gruis 0-13-0-26, DeBoer 0-0-1-1. Totals: 11-29-20-111.