JACKSON -- Less than half a week removed from a pair of disappointing losses in their own holiday tournament, the Worthington Trojans’ boys basketball team produced its most impressive victory of the season Tuesday night with a 76-64 road win over a strong Jackson County Central team.
Inconsistency on offense and on defense has hampered the Trojans’ progress over the 2017 portion of the 2017-18 season, but head coach Clint Meyer’s team made a big step against the Huskies.
“We played our tails off. We came out and finally were able to play two halves of basketball. Our effort was fantastic. We converted, basically, when we had our opportunities,” he said.
Junior guard Karasharo Ojulu scored a game-high 23 points for Worthington, also leading the way with 10 rebounds. Senior forward Tyler Linder scored 18 points and freshman guard Terbuto Ochothow added 12.
JCC played a trapping zone and Worthington was able to get the ball through it and into the middle. Meyer said his team shared the ball well and did well in transition.
After leading just 34-33 at halftime, WHS worked out to a 16-point lead in the second half. Meyer said Ojulu was outstanding offensively, slashing through the middle and getting to the rim often.
“He’s not afraid to shoot,” said the coach.
Linder finished with eight rebounds while Stewart Merrigan and OD Othow each had five. Ochothow had seven assists.
JCC, not used to playing from behind, turned the ball over repeatedly in the second half. Even so, the Huskies hit the offensive glass hard, but Worthington’s posts also battled hard. Meyer praised the play of Nathan Boneschans inside.
Sophomore Rudy Voss led the Huskies with 19 points. Jordan Hassing had 11.
The win moved Worthington to 5-6 on the year while dropping JCC to 8-2.
“I was telling our guys, there isn’t a team on the schedule that I don’t think we can compete with,” said Meyer. “It was a great win for us on the road.Worthington 34 76 JCC 33 64 WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Ochothow 1-4-1-12, OD Othow 0-2-1-5, Huisman 0-3-0-6, Calmus 0-2-4-8, Merrigan 0-3-0-6, K.Ojulu 1-7-4-23, Linder 0-8-2-18. Totals 2-29-12-76. JCC (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Carr 1-1-1-6, Voss 2-5-3-19, Buhl 0-1-0-2, Brinkman 0-1-0-2, Bargfrede 0-3-1-7, Hassing 1-2-4-11, Lindley 0-3-0-6, Hesebeck 1-1-0-5, Svoboda 0-3-0-6. Totals 5-20-9-64. W-WG 81, Fulda 78
FULDA -- It was a close game to the end, as Fulda missed a potential game-tying 3 point shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.
Fulda led Westbrook-Walnut Grove 46-38 at the half, but W-WG was able to claw its way back into things by making plays around the rim in the second half.
The Chargers were led by Andrew Quade who scored 26 points -- 21 of which came from beyond the arc. Teammate Anthony Ross scored 22 points.
The Raiders’ top scorers were senior Matthias Kunerth who had 24 points, senior Dalton Slinger who had 19, and junior Peyton Marquardt who had 15.
W-WG went 8 for 18 on its free throw attempts, and Fulda went 11 for 16.
Fulda falls to 5-4 on the season with its next game on Friday against Southwest Minnesota Christian. Westbrook-Walnut Grove improved to 5-3 with its next game on Friday against Mountain Lake Area.Fulda 46 78 W-WG 38 81 Adrian 71, H-BC 53
ADRIAN -- Ryan Wieneke with 21 points, Skylar Polzine with 12 and Christian Weidert with 11 helped the Adrian Dragons top Hills-Beaver Creek.
Wieneke also had three assists in the game and 12 rebounds.
Preston Wilhelmi and Jax Wysong scored 13 points apiece for H-BC.H-BC 25 53 Adrian 37 71 RRC 68, SESM 45
LAMBERTON -- Red Rock Central moves to 6-2 on the season as the Falcons outperformed Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s in the home win.
Senior Brady Rasmussen scored 26 points for the Falcons, and teammate Spencer Halland added 14 points.
RRC played excellent press defense, forcing the Knights to commit 18 turnovers, with 6 steals coming from Rasmussen.
The Falcons shot just under 50 percent from the field, making 30 of 63.
Colin Ludewig was SESM’s top scorer with 14 points.
The Knights shot poorly from beyond the arc, going 3 of 23.
RRC’s next game is this Saturday against Wabasso at home in Lamberton.RRC 34 68 SESM 24 45
Marshall 75, Luverne 35
LUVERNE -- Winning both halves handily, the Marshall Tigers controlled Big South Conference rival Luverne.
Matthew Onken finished with 15 points for the Tigers while teammates Trey Lance and Jacob Hess finished with 12 and 10, respectively.
MHS was efficient from the field. Onken was 6-for-6 in his field goal attempts, Lance was 5-for-7 and Hess was 4-for-5.
Derek Lundgren scored 11 points for Luverne.Marshall 43 75 Luverne 24 35 CMCS 49, T-M-B 43
TRACY -- In a low-scoring game, Central Minnesota Christian outlasted Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
Austin DeBrake scored 23 points for Central and pulled down eight rebounds.
Moses Dolan led T-M-B with 18 points and Fritz Landherr added 9.Central Christian 24 49 T-M-B 25 43