Boys basketball roundup: SWC tips Adrian
ADRIAN — Southwest Christian spread its attack evenly between three leading scorers Friday in an 89-53 high school boys basketball rout over Adrian.
The Eagles led 51-26 at the break and outscored Adrian 38-27 in the second half to run away with the win.
SWC’s Luke Nibbelink led all scorers with 19 points, Nate Pfeifle and Leighton Sampson each added 18. Adrian also had three players in double figure scoring. Nick Reyne led the Dragons with 13 points, Taylor Recker chipped in 12 and Theron Miller posted 11.
Looking back on the loss, Adrian assistant coach Tom Sandager said playing a team such as Southwest Christian will hopefully make his team stronger in the long run. The Eagles prepare for a trip to Mountain Lake Area next Friday night while the Dragons host George-Little Rock Monday.
“Hopefully we can take the good things we did tonight away from this,” Sandager said. “Any time you play a good team, it forces you to play your best. They’re good at being all over the court.”
Southwest coach Jamie Pap praised his team’s resilience in the win. When Adrian keyed in on one player another stepped up.
“We played pretty well defensively and used it to push the ball down court on the other end,” Pap said.
Southwest Christian 51 89
Adrian 26 53
SW United 60, MCC 52
SLAYTON —A pair of strong first-half runs lifted Southwestern United from a 12-9 deficit into leads of 27-16 and 35-24 on Murray County Central.
The Wildcats (3-2, 3-1) were six-of-13 on shots from behind the arc, netting five of those three-pointers in the first half, including back-to-back bombs by Walker Crocker and Trey Cranston after MCC had come within five points at 27-22.
Crocker, who finished with 10 points and a trio of assists, converted a steal into a layup to cap SWU’s 8-2 run to end the half.
MCC (3-4, 2-2) stayed close after intermission, twice slicing the lead to six points.
But, the Wildcats —who displayed good patience and outstanding scoring balance —prevailed down the stretch.
Six players tallied between eight and 13 points for SWU, which was led by Aaron Fest’s 13 points.
Zach Schumacher (seven rebounds, four blocks) was a perfect six-o f-six at the line and scored 12 points, joining Fest and Crocker in double figures.
Isaac Fest (nine), Cranston (eight) and Brandon Thurk (eight) combined for 25 Wildcat points.
Thurk drew a pair of charges and collected a game-leading 12 rebounds.
Leading the Rebels was 6-3 sophomore post player Grant Rohrer, who was seven-of-12 from the field and netted a game-high 19 points. Rohrer also blocked five shots and claimed 10 rebounds.
MCC junior guard Grant Everson was impressive early in the game, utilizing his speed to score on several dazzling drives as the Rebels tallied 10 straight points, changing a 9-2 deficit into their 12-9 lead.
Everson finished with 13 points, while Logan Kluis scored 11.
Zach Ostman turned in a fine all-around game for the Rebels with six points, seven rebounds, a game-high five steals and a game-leading four assists.
Jaden Boerboom had three assists for MCC.
Neither team shot well at the free throw line, as the Wildcats were 12-of-24 and the Rebels were 11-of-24. MCC was a mere four percent on three-point attempts, making just one of 25 shots.
SW United 35 60
MCC 24 52
Ellsworth 64, H-BC 37
ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth stiffened its aggressiveness in the second half and pulled away to defeat Hills-Beaver Creek 64-37 at home.
The Panthers were led by forwards Justin Kruse and Drew Cheskie each scoring 16 points. Tim Leuthold scored 14, John Kramer handed out nine assists and Tim Nolte grabbed a dozen boards.
Hills-Beaver Creek’s Carey Taubert scored 10 points for the Patriots, who dropped to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in Red Rock Conference play.
H-BC 21 37
Ellsworth 32 64
H-LP 76, CWL 44
LAKE PARK, Iowa —A double-double from H-LP freshman Jordan Kyle helped lift the Wolves past CWL, Corwith 76-44.
Kyle scored 30 points and grabbed 16 boards in the win, also dishing out five assists. Dahlton Burdorf and Skylar Cudmore both scored 13 points for H-LP. Grant Carroll chipped in 17 points for CWL.
H-LP improved to 3-2 overall and are a spotless 2-0 in Cornbelt Conference action. They will face a non-conference opponent Monday night in Emmetsburg.
CWL 6 17 31 44
Harris-Lake Park 18 36 60 76
Central Lyon 74, Okoboji 47
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa —Central Lyon junior Kalen Eckenrod scored 22 points and joined two others in double figures as the Lions defeated Okoboji convincingly at home, 74-47.
The Lions used an unselfish attack toward the win as nine players made their way into the book.
CL junior Grant Metzger scored 17 points and collected 12 rebounds. Nic Lutmer also had a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards. Okoboji junior Holt Hunziker led his Pioneers with 16 points.
Central Lyon improved to 2-3 with the win and 1-3 in the Siouxland Conference.
Okoboji 10 20 38 47
Central Lyon 20 38 53 74
Wabasso 66, Fulda 46
FULDA — Wabasso senior Neil Echten scored 28 points, finishing 19-of-10 at the free throw line, to help his team beat Fulda 66-46.
Tanner Bock added 21 points for the Rabbits while Beau Taylor scored 11. Josh Ramerth, a senior forward for the Raiders, scored 19 points and Cole Dierks added 18.
Fulda fell to 0-5 and 0-3 in Red Rock Conference play. Fulda heads to Luverne this afternoon for the second game of a 3 p.m. junior varsity-varsity doubleheader.
Wabasso 34 66
Fulda 18 46
MOC-FV 72, G-LR 51
GEORGE, Iowa — MOC-Floyd Valley used a big start to dominate in a 72-51 win over George-Little Rock.
The Mustangs were led in the loss by Tanner Ver Steeg’s 16 points. David Aeikens scored 12 and Jesse Korselman added 10. The Dutchmen were led by Levi Janssen’s 16 points and Tristan Korver’s 15.
George-Little Rock carries a 2-2 overall record into a Monday night game at Adrian.
MOC-FV 24 43 58 72
G-LR 6 14 41 51
MLA 66, RRC 35
LAMBERTON — In a battle of teams going in opposite directions, Mountain Lake Area eased past Red Rock Central to improve to 5-0 while dropping RRC to 0-5.
Carter Kirk scored 19 points to lead the Wolverines and Cody Klassen scored 10.
Thomas Blomgren led Red Rock Central with 13 points. Austin Price scored 11 points with five rebounds, and Sam Halter had five rebounds and five steals.
Mountain Lake Area hit 30 of 59 field goals for the game while RRC was 12 of 49. Mountain Lake Area enjoyed a 35-19 rebounding advantage.
MLA 34 66
RRC 18 35
T-M-B 78, Minneota 72
MINNEOTA — Josh Kirk scored 34 points and teammate Spencer Smith had 20 as Tracy-Milroy-Balaton defeated Minneota. Kirk hit seven of 13 field goals and nine of 19 free throws for the game. He also had five assists.
Dylan Tolk tallied 29 points, Daniel Harrison 17 and Jordan Beck 14 for Minneota.
Minneota 34 72
T-M-B 35 78
W-WG 79, Edgerton 57
WESTBROOK —Westbrook-Walnut Grove senior guard Alex Knutson racked up 26 points and handed out a half-dozen assists in a 79-57 win over Edgerton.
Shane Buchman added 17 points and a dozen rebounds for the Patriots. Walker Christians scored 14.
Edgerton had senior forward Riley Van Klei score 19 points. Wyatt Butson added 11 for the Flying Dutchmen.
Edgerton dropped to 0-4 and W-WG improved to 2-5.
Edgerton 28 57
W-WG 48 79
Sioux Center 79, S-O 52
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa —Sioux Center’s Steven Kratt and Alex Bakker combined for 37 points to down Sibley-Ocheyedan 79-52.
The Generals had Devin Vander Veen’s 23 points leading the way. Ty Hanna added nine. Carson Marco handed out eight assists to in the loss.
Sibley-Ocheyedan went to 0-4 overall.
S-O 8 28 37 52
SC 18 36 54 79