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Stepping Up: Loe leads Knights past Rebels

Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Layne Entzi and Dakota Prairie's Parker Frederick (54) reach for the ball on a rebound Friday during the University of Jamestown Shootout. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Dilan Madcke (3) drives against Dakota Prairie's Bryce Trenda Friday during the University of Jamestown Shootout. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

No Hunter Sand, no problem for Tyler Loe and the Dakota Prairie boys basketball team Friday at Harold Newman Arena.

Loe dropped in a game-high 24 points and pulled in seven rebounds, helping the Knights top Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 52-35 in the annual Class B University of Jamestown Shootout.

"I'm just trying to get the win right here," said Loe, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard who has been a fixture on varsity since the eighth grade. "It doesn't matter about my stats, as long as we win the game that's all that's important to me right now."

The Knights leveled its early-season record at 2-2 without senior standout Sand in the lineup. Sand had surgery to repair a fractured arm suffered in the final game of Nelson County's 9-man football season and could return to the hardcourt later in the new year.

Sand, a first team all-state defensive back and quarterback for the Raiders, averaged 21 points and nine rebounds for the Knights during last winter's 10-13 season.

"We were hoping to have him back about this time," Dakota Prairie coach Rich Danielson said. "In that group Tyler's our guy with the most experience and he has to be a leader out there in the absence Hunter. So I think he's getting some good time in that leadership role and he also has to pick up some of that scoring for us."

E-K-M was also missing its senior star, 6-5 Lane Hanson, to the flu. Hanson poured in 43 points in a 67-46 win at Strasburg-Zeeland on Dec. 21.

"He missed yesterday's practice with the flu-bug and we missed him today," said E-K-M coach Kevin Strobel, whose Rebels (3-1) lost for the first time. "There's no doubt he's a presence in there, but we've got other guys who have to step up and it was good day to get those guys experience. It just didn't turn out quite as well as we'd thought."

Loe nailed a baseline trey in the second period and scored 11 in first 16 minutes to lead the Knights to a 25-15 lead at the half. The Knights outrebounded the Rebels 36-30 and shot close to 50 percent (18 of 38) from the field in the game.

E-K-M junior guard Isaac Huber led a 10-1 charge by the Rebels to start the second half. Huber notched a pair of steals and went 3 of 5 from the floor, cutting the deficit to one point at 26-25. But Loe buried his second 3-pointer of the ball game with 3 minutes left in the third, which brought an end to the Rebels' momentum.

Huber paced E-K-M with 12 points and also collected four boards. The Rebels will be back in Jamestown to compete in the Stutsman County tournament beginning Thursday at the Jamestown Civic Center.

"I thought defensively we weren't quite as good as we should have been," Strobel said. "We just didn't have the intensity for the full four quarters."

The Knights went on to lead by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter, limiting the Rebels to 28-percent shooting in the contest. Sophomore Bryce Trenda finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Knights.

Dakota Prairie continues in the shootout today playing Bismarck Century's JV at 4 p.m. at Jamestown High School.

"We were proud of our defense today," Danielson said. "That was kinda the big thing that we needed. Before Christmas we did not see anything in terms of good defensive fundamentals, so we showed a little more of that today."

DP 10 25 33 52

EKM 7 15 25 35

DP—Tyler Loe 24, Bryce Trenda 12, Jake Avdem 7, Parker Frederick 4, Jarrett Ressler 3, Nicholas Gronaas 2. Totals: 18-38 FG, 14-21 FT, 15 Fouls, 36 Rebounds (Loe 7, Trenda 7), 26 Turnovers. 3-pointers (2-8): Loe 2.

EKM—Isaac Huber 12, Tyler Zahn 6, Phillip Hagen 4, Layne Entzi 4, Dilan Madcke 3, Cale Mathern 2, Alex Huber 2, Travis Buckeye 2. Totals: 15-53 FG, 4-9 FT, 22 Fouls, 30 Rebounds (Mathern 5, Huber 4, Entzi 4), 19 Turnovers. 3-pointers (1-11): Zahn.

Records: DP 2-2. EKM 3-1.

University of Jamestown Shootout

Friday's scores

Boys

At Harold Newman Arena

Hatton-Northwood 61, Bismarck Century JV 60.

Dakota Prairie 52, Edgeley-KM 35.

Sacred Heart (EGF, Minn.) 70, Kidder County 57

Four Winds-Minn. 86, Linton-HMB 66.

Enderlin 62, Medina-PB 54.

Langdon-EM 80, Oakes 55.

Girls

At Jamestown High School

Park Christian (Minn.) 68, Hatton-Northwood 29.

Kidder County 58, (1) Langdon-EM 44.

Oakes 70, Dakota Prairie 38.

Enderlin 51, Sacred Heart (EGF, Minn.) 44.

Today's games

Boys

At Jamestown High School

East Grand Forks Sacred Heart vs. Oakes, 1 p.m.

Medina-PB vs. Langdon-EM, 2:30 p.m.

Dakota Prairie vs. Bismarck Century JV, 4 p.m.

Enderlin vs. Kidder County, 5:30 p.m.

Napoleon-GS vs. Hatton-Northwood, 7 p.m.

Girls

At Harold Newman Arena

Dakota Prairie vs. Napoleon-GS, noon.

East Grand Forks Sacred Heart vs. Oakes, 1:30 p.m.

Kidder County vs. Enderlin, 3 p.m.

(4) Edgeley-KM vs. Park Christian, 4:30 p.m.

(1) Langdon-EM vs. (6) Carrington, 6 p.m.

Lakota High School vs. Hatton-Northwood, 7:30 p.m.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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