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Prep boys basketball: Ellsworth falls in cat fight

ELLSWORTH -- It was the long-range shots that gave the Central Lyon boys basketball team the lead. And it was the inside game that put away its opponent. The Lions earned a 62-31 victory over Ellsworth Monday night in a nonconference matchup. "We...

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AARON HAGEN/DAILY GLOBE Ellsworth’s Bobby Walkowaik (11) drives past a Central Lyon defender for a layup Monday night during the Panthers’ 62-31 home loss to the Lions.

ELLSWORTH - It was the long-range shots that gave the Central Lyon boys basketball team the lead. And it was the inside game that put away its opponent.
The Lions earned a 62-31 victory over Ellsworth Monday night in a nonconference matchup.
“We didn’t have the greatest defensive effort and kind of gave them some open looks and a heck of a lot of second chances at some shots,” Ellsworth head coach Mac McDowell said. “That didn’t help anything.”
Central Lyon’s CJ Roths provided the early spark from beyond the arc. He started the game with a 3 from the left wing, and then hit another from almost the same spot a minute and a half later. Before it was all said and done, Roths made four 3s in the first seven minutes as the Lions’ first five field goals were from 3.
After a drive by Pete Menage and a shot from Cade Knobloch inside, the Lions led 20-7 late in the first half.
“They are a good team, give them all the credit in the world,” McDowell said. “They just kept chipping away and had a steady run the whole game pretty much. There was not much we could do to stop them tonight.”
Trei Hinrichs (14 points) hit a jumper and Malik Herman followed with a basket of his own to cut the deficit to nine points. However, Knobloch (game-high 15 points) made a three-point play before Riley Van Wyhe scored inside to push the lead back to 14.
Hinrichs scored in the final minute, but Central Lyon answered with two more baskets and led 29-13 at halftime.
Out of the break, Knobloch took over inside. He scored two of the first three field goals inside as Nash Knobloch found some room inside as the lead was 21 with 14:46 remaining in the game.
Hinrichs made a triple and another jumper for the Panthers before Herman converted a free throw. But the Lions answered with two consecutive baskets in the paint. Hinrichs made another 3, but there was no stopping Cade Knobloch on the opposite end.
He went to the free-throw line and made the first. He missed the second, but got his own rebound, and scored on the put back - while getting fouled in the process.
“They are athletic and big,” McDowell said. “They play big. They have some wide bodies. They definitely got it inside tonight and had our way with us.”
Zachary Buntjer made three free throws in a span of a minute and a half, but Ellsworth went seven minutes without a field goal.
“We had some good open looks,” McDowell said. “But they pressure the ball well. Even though they look open, there is still a lot of pressure on us. We didn’t hit a high percentage on them tonight.”
Bobby Walkowaik hit a 3 to end the drought and later made two three throws for Ellsworth. Buntjer made a free throw in the final three minutes for the final points the Panthers would have in the game.
Ellsworth (2-7) is at Luverne tonight, while Central Lyon hosts Sheldon.
Central Lyon 29 62
Ellsworth 13 31
CENTRAL LYON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP)N. N. Knobloch 0-02-0-4, Schrick 0-1-0-2, Menage 1-2-2-9, Roths 4-0-0-12, Krull 1-0-0-3, Van Wyhe 0-2-1-5, C. Knobloch 0-6-3-15, DeNoble 0-1-0-2, Gasselhoff 0-2-0-4, Heimensen 0-2-0-4. Totals 6-18-6-62.
ELLSWORTH (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Leuthold 10-0-3, Hinrichs 2-4-0-14, Hermen 0-11-3, Walkowaik 1-0-2-5, Buntjer 0-1-4-6. Totals 4-6-7-31.

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