Alex Huber shoots a basketball like Joe Mauer swings a baseball bat: pretty plus effective.

Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier boys basketball's 6-foot-6 senior didn't miss a shot Friday night at the Jamestown Civic Center. Huber converted 12 of 12 from the field and 1 of 1 at the foul line, pouring in a game-high 25 points in a 58-30 victory over Griggs-Midkota in the semifinals of the Stutsman County tournament.

The ninth-ranked Rebels improved to 6-0 and earned a rematch with the Ellendale Cardinals in Saturday's championship at 8 p.m. The Rebels defeated the Cardinals by two points in overtime last January for the title.

"The experience shows," said Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier coach Kevin Strobel of Huber, a three-year starter. "When you got kids out there that have been there, done that ... Alex all the way down through our lineup, those kids have played a lot of basketball and have a lot of time on the court. It kinda covers up some of the mistakes at times."

EKM's length and physicality made it difficult for the Titans to get to the basket for most of the night, especially in the opening quarter. The Rebels consistently turned the shot clock into an ally, forcing the Titans into difficult shots that failed to hit the mark.

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Griggs-Midkota converted a single field goal in the first quarter and trailed 19-4 to begin the second. The Titans were limited to 2-for-15 from 3-point range in the game, which included holding Griggs-Midkota's Hunter Gronneberg to 0-for-7 from deep and 10 total points.

Along with Huber at 6-6, the Rebels' starting five goes Chayse Entzi (6-7), Adam Nitschke (6-4), Jorgen Paulson (6-2) and Paxton Mathern (6-0).

"Their length is huge, I mean, if you don't show fakes -- sometimes we did, sometimes we didn't -- you're not gonna freeze them," said Griggs-Midkota coach Mike Monson. "We can't just spot up and shoot 3s. You gotta be able to take it to a team like this, too, and we did at times. But you can't make a run and then not make another one."

Chayse Entzi of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier makes a shot at the basket over Tanner Haugen (34) of Griggs-Midkota Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 during the Stutsman County basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Chayse Entzi of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier makes a shot at the basket over Tanner Haugen (34) of Griggs-Midkota Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 during the Stutsman County basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The Rebels turned a 22-point lead at the half into as many as 32 after the break, scoring 27 points off 22 Titans' turnovers. Mathern came away with five steals, while Huber added four steals to his hot-shooting night.

"Huber is one of the best players I've ever seen," Monson said. "He can shoot over anybody."

Paulson added 11 points for the winning team. Ellendale, Saturday's opponent, defeated Carrington 63-28.

Ellendale's 6-6 Scott Wagner collected 23 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in Friday's victory, while Riley Thorpe buried five 3-pointers and scored 17.

"We really have been solid so far on defense all year long, but tonight I thought what shots they did get up were contested and that's what we preach," Strobel said. "You contest and you make them work for it, and we did, especially in the first quarter."

The Titans will play Carrington tomorrow at 6 p.m. for third place. The first-year co-op between Griggs County Central and Midkota is off a 2-3 start to the season.

"Sometimes we move the ball really well and then sometimes there's standing around on the weak side and stuff like that where there isn't anything going on," Monson said. "They don't play off each other's back sometimes when they need to: see one thing and react to the other."

(9) Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier 58, Griggs-Midkota 30

EKM 19 18 8 13 -- 58

GM 4 11 9 6 -- 30

EKM -- Alex Huber 25, Jorgen Paulson 11, Paxton Mathern 9, Chayse Entzi 5, Adam Nitschke 5, Dalton Madcke 5. Totals: 26-54 FG, 3-11 3-pointers (Mathern, Madcke, Paulson), 3-5 FT, 26 Rebounds (Madcke 7), 7 Fouls, 13 Assists (Mathern 4), 6 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 16 Steals (Mathern 5, Huber 4).

GM -- Hunter Gronneberg 10, Tanner Haugen, Tavon Stadler 4, Jaxon Gronneberg 3, Jayden Sherrard 3, Wyatt Spickler 2. Totals: 13-35 FG, 2-15 3-pointers (Sherrard, J. Gronneberg), 2-3 FT, 22 Rebounds (Haugen 7), 5 Fouls, 2 Assists, 22 Turnovers, 2 Steals.

Records: Edgeley/KM 6-0. Griggs-Midkota 2-3.

Ellendale 63, Carrington 28

ELL 18 15 17 13 -- 63

CAR 5 9 11 3 -- 28

ELL -- Scott Wagner 23, Riley Thorpe 17, Wyatt Henningson 9, Eric Blondo 8, Levi Reis 4, Chance Durheim 2. Totals: 23-44 FG, 6-14 3-pointers (Thorpe 5, Henningson), 11-14 FT, 32 Rebounds (Wagner 13), 16 Fouls (Anton Geller) 8 Assists (Blondo 3), 8 Turnovers, 7 Blocks (Wagner 6), 4 Steals.

CAR -- Hudson Schmitz 11, Grady Shipman 5, Lucas Hendrickson 5, Jack Erickson 3, Cole Seaburg 2, Hudson Topp 2. Totals: 10-37 FG, 3-8 3-pointers (Hendrickson, Shipman, Schmitz), 5-10 FT, 22 Rebounds (Schmitz 10), 15 Fouls, 4 Assists, 15 Turnovers, 2 Blocks (Erickson 2), 4 Steals (Topp 2).

Records: Ellendale 4-1. Carrington 1-5.

Consolation

Medina/Pingree-Buchanan 57, South Border 47

MPB 17 9 18 13 -- 57

SB 6 8 17 16 -- 47

MPB -- Josh Moser 22, Rylen Wick 16, Josh Thomas 8, Sawyer Wanzek 5, Gage Magstadt 4, Alec Horn 2. Totals: 19-49 FG, 3-13 3-pointers (Wick 2, Moser), 16-22 FT, 41 Rebounds (Moser 12, Wick 10), 15 Fouls, 5 Assists, 18 Turnovers, 3 Blocks (Moser 2), 5 Steals (Moser 3).

SB -- Kaden Bader 13, Seth Wolf 9, Blake Meyer 5, Conner Kosiak 5, Jackson Meidinger 5, Nelson Meidinger 5, Kaleb Thiery 5. Totals: 17-49 FG, 2-8 3-pointers (Bader, N. Meidinger), 11-21 FT, 19 Rebounds (Trevor Schmidt 6), 20 Fouls, 4 Assists, 11 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 13 Steals (Thiery 4).

Records: Medina/PB 3-1. South Border 0-6.

Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 58, Kidder County 52

NGS 17 21 12 8 -- 58

KC 12 5 16 19 -- 52

NGS -- Kayden Sperle 16, Trenton Erbele 14, Jordan Kuipers 13, Jaxcen Glatt 11, Ethan Johnson 4. Totals: 21-42 FG, 6-11 3-pointers (Glatt 3, Kuipers 3), 10-13 FT, 34 Rebounds (Erbele 16), 9 Fouls, 6 Assists (Sperle 3), 17 Turnovers, 4 Blocks (Johnson 3), 7 Steals.

KC -- Jayden Rath 20, Luke Rath 14, Jonah Harter 10, Payton Cauthon 6, Ryan Nicholson 2. Totals: 23-58 FG, 1-8 3-pointers (J. Rath), 5-9 FT, 22 Rebounds (J. Rath 6, Cauthon 6), 14 Fouls, 1 Assist, 8 Turnovers, 1 Block, 11 Steals (Harter 4).

Records: Napoleon/GS 3-6. Kidder Co. 2-4.

Class B Boys Basketball

Stutsman County Tournament

Thursday, Jan. 7

G1: Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier 62, South Border 26.

G2: Griggs-Midkota 47, Medina/Pingree-Buchanan 38.

G3:Carrington 63, Kidder County 58 (OT)

G4: Ellendale 60, Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 36

Friday, Jan. 8

G5: Medina/PB 57, South Border 47.

G6: Napoleon/GS 58, Kidder Co. 52

G7: Edgeley/KM 58, Griggs-Midkota 30

G8: Ellendale 63, Carrington 28

Saturday, Jan. 9

Seventh place: South Border (0-6) vs. Kidder County (2-4), 2 p.m.

Fifth place: Medina/PB (3-1) vs. Napoleon/GS (3-6), 4 p.m.

Third place: Griggs-Midkota (2-3) vs. Carrington (1-5), 6 p.m.

Championship: Edgeley/KM (6-0) vs. Ellendale (4-1), 8 p.m.