Class B Roundup: Jimmie Classic starts with Kidder comeback
The Wolves were down by as much as 16 before clawing their way back to victory.
Harold Newman Arena was once again the site of Class B boys basketball action on Dec. 20 as there were three local teams in action. The day started off with a comeback for the ages as Kidder County faced off against Glen-Ullin-Hebron. The next two local games were Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier against Hatton/Northwood and Barnes County North against New Salem-Almont.
Kidder County mounts comeback against G U-H
With just over five minutes to go, the Kidder County Wolves’ Luke Rath took the inbounds pass, sprinted up the floor and hit the layup to make his team’s deficit 43-27 to the Glen Ullin-Hebron Bearcats. At the buzzer, the Wolves’ (1-4) Simon Hager splashed a corner three to give his team the 52-51 win over the Bearcats (2-1).
“It was amazing. We had a play set up, it didn’t work, they guarded it well,” Hager said. “I was going for it all. I wanted it bad. I knew we had to get a dub just to get something going this season.”
The Bearcats’ Benjamin Hosman went in and laid it up to make it 2-0 moments into the game. At the first quarter buzzer, Hosman hit a triple to make it an 18-7 game.
The Bearcats’ Tyus Thomas grabbed an offensive board and put it back up and got the whistle to make the game 22-11 with just over four minutes to go in the second quarter. The Bearcats’ Hosman crossed up his defender who fell and hit the jumper to make it 24-13 with just over two minutes to go in the first half.
The Bearcats stretched their lead to 28-21 with 4:15 to go in the third quarter on a layup by Hosman.
The Bearcats’ stretched their lead early in the fourth when Gunnar Remboldt stole a ball at halfcourt and hit the layup to make it 36-23. The Wolves’ Jace Larson took a spot-up triple with 2:30 to go to bring the game back to single digits as the game was 47-40. The Wolves forced a 10 second violation and then got fouled and hit two free throws to make it 49-44 with 1:50 to go in the fourth quarter.The Bearcats responded to the late run when Kanyon Unruh hit a floater with 12.2 seconds to go to put his team ahead 51-49. At the final buzzer, Hager splashed a corner three to win the game 52-51.
“I think just like anything it’s a game of momentum,” Wolves’ head coach Brent Stroh said. “Once they felt, they hit those three, threes in a row. I think we had nine points in less than 10 seconds and I think once they saw that then all of a sudden we were chipping away and Glen Ullin got a little rattled and we were able to take advantage of that.”
The Bearcats are back in action at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, when they face Grant County/Mott-Regent. The Wolves’ return to the court at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Stutsman County Invitational.
G-U-H 51, KCHS 52,
G-U-H: 18 6 8 19—51
KCHS: 7 12 4 26—52
G-U-H: Gunnar Rembolt 12, Damian Gerving 12, Ben Hosman, Tyus Thomas 11, Kanyon Unruh 4
KCHS: Luke Rath 15, Simon Hager 8, Jace Larson 7, Dylan Schadegg 5, Jacob Biegler 5, Grant Pfaff 3, Collin Zimmerman 3
G-U-H: 21 FGs, 3-6 FTs, 17 fouls, 3-pointers: Remboldt 2
KCHS: 18 FGs, 9-10 FTs, 14 fouls, 3-pointers: Schadegg, Zimmerman, Rath, Hager, Pfaff, Biegler
E/K-M holds on for the win over Hatton/Northwood
The E/K-M Rebels withstood a late push from the Hatton/Northwood Thunder to hold on to a 58-50 win. The Rebels (3-0) used a 21-6 second quarter to get the win. In the final quarter, the Thunder (1-1)
The Rebel’s took the early lead on a layup by Adam Nitschke to make it 4-2 with four and a half to go in the first quarter. After the Rebels took a 7-2 lead, Thunder head coach Christian Kvilang called a timeout. The Thunder took the lead 8-7 with two minutes to go in the first quarter on a layup by Kelby Azure.
“We came out and we just knew that they would press us,” Kvilang said. “As long as we got the ball past halfcourt, made smart decisions; we thought that we had some good looks down low in the paint offensively. We got away from that in the second and third quarter a little bit and we can’t do that. In order to continue to win basketball games we have to stick with what works and today we learned some things about ourselves.”
The Rebels' bench exploded when Nitschke stole the ball and found Austin Strobel who reclaimed the lead and got the foul to make it a 15-14 game with 6:34 to go. The Rebels’ Dylan Carlson hit a three to stretch their lead to 27-14 with 1:20 to go in the second quarter. The Thunder put an end to the run on a layup by Hunter Twete to make the game 30-18 late in the first half.
The Thunder’s Derek Carpenter fought through contact to hit the layup to make it 32-22 with 5:10 to go in the third quarter. The Rebels’ Adam Nitschke cleaned up the offensive boards and put it up to make it a 48-31 game with just over 20 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Thunder’s Azure started the fourth quarter with a three to make the game 48-35 in favor of the Rebels. The Thunder’s Kaleb Braun hit the layup to make it 53-39 with five and a half minutes to go. The Thunder brought the game closer when Braun went in and hit the layup to make it 54-47 with just over a minute to go.
In the second half, the Rebels had 10 team fouls, which head coach Kevin Strobel said is part of the reason the game became as tight as it was.
“That was probably the downfall in the second half,” Strobel said. “We got in foul trouble, we didn’t move our feet, we started reaching a little bit. Some were bad fouls. We gotta clean that up a little bit, we’re gonna get some fouls but we gotta clean that up. That’s kind of how they got their run, they shot quite a few free throws in that last quarter.”
The Rebels are back in action at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, when they face Napoleon/G-S. The Thunder return to the court at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27, when they take on Four Winds/ Minnewauken.
E/K-M 58, H/N 50
E/K-M: 9 21 18 10—58
H/N: 12 6 14 18—50
E/K-M: Adam Nitschke 16, Jacob Nitschke 14, Dylan Carlson 9, Brad Kinzler 8, Dalton Madcke 8, Austin Strobel 2, Joe Krammlich 1
H/N: Kelby Azure 27, Kaleb Braun 10, Hunter Twete 8, Derek Carpenter 4, Austin Rugg 1
E/K-M: 19 FGs, 13-18 FTs, 17 fouls, 3-pointers: Carlson 3, Kinzler, J. Nitschke
H/N: 16 FGs, 15-22 FTs, 17 fouls, 3-pointers: Azure 3
New Salem-Almont runs away from the Bison
The New Salem-Almont Holsteins came out flying in the second half and ran away with the big win over the Barnes County North Bison 63-44. The Holsteins (3-1) put the finishing touches on the game in the final eight minutes, outscoring the Bison (1-4) 15-5.
The Holsteins extended their early lead on a layup from Wyatt Kuhn to make the game 11-3 with 3:20 to go in the first quarter. The Bison’s William Schwehr hit a floater to beat the first quarter buzzer to make the game 15-8.
The Holsteins’ Dylan Rud took the backdoor cut and hit the layup to make it a 17-8 game early in the second quarter. The Bison crowd exploded with 3:13 to go when Oliver Hanson finished a four point play to make it 23-20.
The Holsteins’ stretched their lead out to ten with 1:20 to go in the third quarter on a floater by Kuhn.
Rud hit the spot-up three early in the fourth to extend his team’s lead to 51-39.
The Holsteins’ ability to flip the switch in the second half and run away with the game was attributable to the mental side of basketball, their head coach Ben Kringstad said.
“Just toughness. We kind of got in our heads a little bit,” Kringstad said. “The mental aspect is a huge part of sports. We kind of challenged them a little bit in the locker room to show that they have some of that toughness and pride in what we are trying to do. They just came out much more aggressively.”
The Holsteins are back in action at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, when they host Grant County/Mott-Regent. The Bison hit the court again at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, when they face May-Port-C-G.
BCN 44 , NS-A 63
BCN: 8 20 11 5–44
NS-A: 15 14 19 15–63
BCN: Oliver Hansen 16, Will Schwehr 12, Jonah Harstad 10, Colten Straub 6
NS-A: Dylan Rud 21, Weston Kuhn 19, Wyatt Kuhn 12, Brady Brandt 8, Rylen Soupir 3, Josh Olin 2
BCN: 16 FGs, 7-12 FTs, 10 fouls, 3-pointers: Straub 2, Hanson, Schwehr, Harstad
NS-A: 27 FGs, 6-9 FTs, 13 fouls, 3-pointers: Rud 3, Soupir