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Rebels 10-0 run sparks win over Lions

Cole Baumiller of Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock (3) snags a rebound over Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Tyler Zahn Tuesday during the Region 3 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier left nothing to chance against Linton-HMB going into the fourth quarter of a tie game.

The Rebels went on a 10-0 run for the first five minutes of the final frame to pull away with a 64-53 victory in the final Region 3 boys basketball tournament quarterfinal Tuesday at the Jamestown Civic Center.

E-K-M will now play LaMoure-Litchville-Marion in the second Region 3 semifinal on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

"We've been working for this the whole season and we didn't want to go home," said 6-foot-5 senior Lane Hanson. "We were pressured a little bit in the fourth quarter—the whole game really—things were not falling for us. We just dug deep and got it going."

Hanson scored 11 of the Rebels' 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark the victory. Overall he had 27 on the night.

The senior big man for the Rebels and Lions 6-4 center Lance Weiser battled all night.

Weiser edged Hanson with a game-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Along with Hanson's 27 points, he totaled 16 rebounds.

"It's always a battle with Weiser," Hanson said. "We've had some pretty good battles over my four years here. He's probably one of the hardest kids I go up against in Region 3."

E-K-M coach Kevin Strobel put 6-9 junior Layne Entzi in for over 10 minutes in the second half after not playing in the first.

"I put him in there for some shot blocking and to keep Lane out of foul trouble," Strobel said. "He stepped up real well and played a really good solid 10 minutes. It allowed Lane to come off of Weiser defensively for a few possessions and it worked."

Linton-HMB got out to a 17-15 lead after a tightly contested first quarter. The first frame featured eight lead changes.

The Rebels took control of the contest and took a 34-31 lead heading into halftime. Hanson scored 15 points at the break, while Weiser had 13.

Weiser scored 10 of the Lions' 12 points in a low-scoring third quarter for both teams.

"He's given us a good inside presence," said Linton-HMB coach Dan Carr. "He usually shuts people down on the inside so he's been an important player for us."

Hanson scored six points during the 10-0 run, while Entzi and Alex Huber pitched in with a basket. The Rebels also forced the Lions into some difficult shots defensively.

"We preached all year long it starts with your defense," Strobel said. That's where you hang your hat and what's going to give us another win on Thursday night."

Linton-HMB finished with an 8-14 recorded overall after a year riddled with injuries, including Weiser missing the first 10 games of the season after a shoulder surgery.

"I've never had so many injuries in my life," said Carr, the Lions' long-time coach.

E-K-M (18-5) will now turn its attention to L-L-M (16-7) for Thursday night's matchup. The Rebels won the regular season contest 73-58.

"I told the guys in practice last week, that we have to prepare for Linton-HMB but we have to play our game," Strobel said. "We have to full-court press, we have to rebound and should create easy shots with our defensive pressure."

Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 64, Linton-HMB 53.

LIN 17 31 43 64

EKM 15 34 43 53

LIN—Lance Weiser 30, Cole Baumiller 9, Parker Gerving 6, Lucas Schumacher 4, Jack McCrory 4. Totals: 17-47 FG, 4-16 3-PT, 15-19 FT, 32 Rebounds (13 Weiser), 13 Turnovers.

EKM—Lane Hanson 27, Isaac Huber 10, Cale Matern 9, Alex Huber 6, Jace Hanson 4, Tyler Zahn 4, Layne Entzi 4. Totals: 25-58 FG, 4-12 3-PT, 10-15 FT, 29 Rebounds (Hanson 16), 15 Assists, 5 Turnovers, 9 Steals.

Records: EKM 18-5. LIN 8-14.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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