Carrington repeats as Stutsman champs
Seth Nelson has grown into quite a basketball player since last winter.
The Carrington sophomore sprouted from 5-foot-11 in stature to 6-3 and into the Cardinals' starting lineup. Nelson buried five 3-pointers Saturday night at the Jamestown Civic Center, part of a 20-point, 11-rebound performance in the championship game of the Stutsman County boys basketball tournament.
Carrington defended its Stutsman title, defeating Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 72-58.
"Yeah, I've been known to shoot a few 3-pointers," a modest Nelson said, shortly after a team photo was taken with the trophy. "But it's pretty easy to hit them when my teammates drive to the hole and kick it out to me for the easy 3."
Nelson buried three treys and scored 12 points in the third quarter, helping Carrington mash the offensive gas pedal after leading just 30-26 at the half. The no-longer-a-secret sophomore also impressed during semifinal night, going off for 26 points and nine boards in Carrington's 72-54 victory over Kidder County.
"The sky's the limit with Seth. He's really, really talented," Carrington coach Tim Ranum said. "He's just smart. He'll find the spacing where we can find him, and I'm not surprised to be honest.
"He's gonna be a monster in the district and in the region for a long time."
The Rebels held the Cards in check through two quarters behind a fine first-half performance by junior guard Isaac Huber. Huber nailed a 3 and scored nine of his 16 points before halftime, while also holding Carrington senior standout Garrett Bickett scoreless in the first half on 0-for-5 shooting.
Bickett, a University of Jamestown basketball commit, scored eight of 10 points in the second half with Huber on the court.
The Cardinals didn't exactly stop E-K-M senior Lane Hanson in the game, as the 6-5 standout finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds. But it was Carrington's crisp start to the second half that tilted the table.
Nelson buried one of his three treys during an 11-5 Carrington run to begin the third, pushing the Cardinal lead to double figures at 41-31 with three minutes left in the quarter.
"Against a team like that, you've just got to hopefully withstand their runs and answer back," said E-K-M coach Kevin Strobel. "We had about a three-, four-minute stretch there where they knocked shots down and we didn't respond.
"But overall, top to bottom, I thought our kids played hard and I was happy there. I think we definitely showed we could compete."
The Cards shot over 57 percent from the field in the game (28 of 49). Carrington's Colton Vetter (14 points) and Trey Rosenau (10) also helped Carrington reach its season average of 72 points per game.
"We rebounded well and we pushed the pace," Ranum said. "I was really encouraged we moved the ball and did what we needed to do in the second half."
Nelson said he's comfortable going forward in what appears to be an expanding role alongside senior starters Bickett, Vetter and Jayden Shipman, as well as junior forward Roseanu.
"They all know how to play basketball, because they've all played AAU and all that," Nelson said. "We're feeling pretty good, and we feel we have a very good chance winning every game here on out if we play as a team."
Carrington 72, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 58
CAR 18 30 56 72
EKM 10 26 40 58
CAR—Seth Nelson 20, Kolton Vetter 14, Trey Rosenau 12, Garrett Bickett 10, Jayden Shipman 7, Drew Page 5, Payton Smith 4. Totals: 28-49 FG, 9-13 FT, 7-15 3-pointers (Nelson 5, Shipman, Vetter), 29 Rebounds (Nelson 11), 13 Fouls, 9 Assists (Bickett 4, Vetter 4), 11 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 8 Steals (Bickett 3).
EKM—Lane Hanson 26, Isaac Huber 16, Tyler Zahn 6, Cale Mathern 5, Phillip Hagen 4, Travis Buckeye 1. Totals: 23-53 FG, 1-3 FT, 7-15 3-pointers (Hanson 3, Huber, Mathern), 25 Rebounds (Hanson 14), 13 Fouls, 11 Assists (Huber 4, Dilian Madcke 4), 12 Turnovers, 2 Blocks (Hanson 2), 7 Steals (Hanson 2).
Records: CAR 6-2. EKM 5-2.
Kidder County 43, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 42
KC 11 25 32 43
NGS 11 23 25 42
KC—Austin Schmidt 20, Gage Pfaff 16, Elijah Fallgatter 4, Justin Six 2, Isaiah Harter 1. Totals: 16-44 FG, 6-17 FT, 18 fouls. 3-pointers: Schmidt 3, Pfaff 2.
NGS—Jamison Fettig 21, William Kleppe 10, Pacey Feist 7, Colten Jangula 4. Totals: 14-48 FG, 12-28 FT, 17 fouls. 3-pointers: Kleppe, Fettig.
Records: KC. NGS.
Ellendale 64, Midkota 32
ELL 21 38 56 64
MID 4 17 28 32
ELL—Austin Molan 22, Lucas Hofer 19, Hunter Thorpe 13, Cody Merkel 6, Ian Wagner 2, Nathan Peterson 2. Totals: 25-48 FG, 10-15 FT, 7 fouls. 3-pointers: Thorpe 3, Hofer.
MID—Chase Wells 9, Mason Smith 9, Drew Utke 6, Conner Leininger 2, Jacob Johnson 2, Logan Topp 2, Gage Wells 2. Totals: 25-48 FG, 10-15 FT, 7 fouls. 3-pointers: Wells 3, Utke, Smith.
Records: ELL. MID.
South Border 42, Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 40
MPB 17 27 33 40
SB 17 23 34 42
MPB—Michael Thomas 12, Bryson Tripp 9, Preston Martin 9, Braxton Heinle 6, Braden Tripp 3, Jacen Eissinger 1. Totals: 17-52 FG, 2-4 FT, 7 fouls. 3-pointers: Thomas 2, Bryson Tripp, Martin.
SB—Chase Bader 13, Alex Ruff 11, Collin Martz 10, Addie Schnabel 6, Tanner Kempf 2. Totals: 17-48 FG, 6-7 FT, 18 fouls. 3-pointers: Martz 2.
All-Tournament Team: Jamison Fettig, NGS; Lane Hanson, EKM; Lucas Hofer, ELL; Seth Nelson, CAR; Austin Schmidt, KC; Mason Smith, MID; Isaac Huber, EKM; Austin Molan, ELL; Gage Pfaff, KC; Garrett Bickett, CAR; Alex Ruff, SB; Trey Rosenau, CAR.
Sportsmanship Award: South Border.
Free-Throw Award: Carrington, 78.3 percent.
Coach of the Tournament: Michael Wachter, KC.