Ellendale wins third Stutsman in a row with 69-52 win over M/P-B

The Cardinals shot 58% from the field in the win.

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Chase Ova (15) of Medina/Pingree/Buchanan spreads his wings to guard Ellendale's Jack Bommersbach on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, during the championship game of the Stutsman County Boys' Basketball Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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JAMESTOWN — For the third year in a row and the fifth time since 2015, the Ellendale Cardinals have won the Stutsman County Tournament with a 69-52 win over the Medina/Pingree-Buchanan Thunder on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

“It’s pretty cool,” Cardinals guard Levi Reis said. “You always want to win and just to be able to do that three times is pretty cool on it’s own because we’ve got a good team three years in a row. That means we’re still hungry for district and region.”

The Ellendale Cardinals (7-0) could not have started any better as they opened the game on an 11-0 run. The Cardinals were able to stretch it out to 17-4 before the Thunder (3-1) attempted to fight back cutting it to 22-12 on a Mark Thomas three with 30 seconds to go in the quarter.

“We told them that M/P-B is going to come out hot and we have to match their intensity and I think we did that,” Cardinals head coach Brian Vance said. “I think we did a good job, our defensive effort was spectacular I thought tonight. We frustrated them a little bit.”

The Cardinals opened the second quarter with an Anton Geller layup to push the lead out to 25-12. After the Thunder’s Josh Moser splashed a long three to cut the deficit to 28-21, the Cardinals went on a run to head into the half up 34-23.


In the first half, the Cardinals shot 62% from the field and 54% from three.

The third quarter saw the Cardinals continue to push the lead out as Geller hit the bucket and drew the foul to push his team’s lead out to 41-23. Late in the third, Reis hit a three to push his team’s lead out to 49-31, part of a 21-point performance from the senior that saw him shoot 7-for-12 from three-point range.

In the semifinals of the tournament, Reis scored 27 points, on nine-for-14 shooting, putting his two-day total at 48 points on 61% shooting.

“I feel pretty confident,” Reis said. “It just feels like whenever I shoot it, it’s going to go in, at least the last two games. Hopefully, that continues.”

The Cardinals’ Cole Sayler stretched the lead out to it’s largest margin with a three midway through the fourth quarter to make it 60-40.

In the entire game, the Cardinals had three players hit at least one three, with the team shooting 46% from deep.

The two teams play again at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Ellendale High School.

“We gotta hope or make them miss more shots because the way they shot the three ball it’s too difficult to beat that team if they’re shooting like that,” Thunder head coach Bob Young said. “So, we gotta get them off the three-point line somehow and we gotta execute a little better on offense and get off to a better start.”


The Cardinals are back in action at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, when they go to Griggs-Midkota. The Thunder return to the court at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, when they face Barnes County North.

M/P-B 52, EHS 69

M/P-B: 12 11 11 8–52

EHS: 22 12 15 20–69

Points leaders:

M/P-B: Josh Moser 17, Rylen Wick 14, Mark Thomas 6

EHS: Levi Reis 21, Riley Thorpe 18, Anton Geller 11

Assists leaders:


M/P-B: Wick 1, Jo. Moser 1, Gage Hofmann 1, Gage Magstadt 1, Terek Kinzell 1, Chase Ova 1

EHS: Geller 9, Jack Bommersbach 6, Thorpe 4

Leading rebounders:

M/P-B: Wick 9, Jo. Moser 5, Ova 1, Magstadt 1, Jared Moser 1, Adam McClellan 1

EHS: Geller 6, Cole Sayler 5, Reis 4, Bommersbach 4

Full bracket below: 

Day One Games:

D-5 No. 1 Ellendale 61 vs. D-6 No. 4 Kidder County 35

D-6 No. 2 South Border 50 vs. D-5 No. 3 Carrington 39

D-6 No. 1 Medina/Pingree-Buchanan 45 vs. D-5 No. 4. Griggs-Midkota 39,

D-5 No. 2 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier 54 vs. D-6 No. 3 Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 48

Day Two Games:

D-6 No. 4 Kidder County 25 vs. D-5 No. 3 Carrington 54

D-5 No. 5 Griggs-Midkota 51 vs. D-6 No. 3 Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 45

D-5 No. 1 Ellendale 72 vs. D-6 No. 2 South Border 47

D-6 No. 1 Medina/Pingree-Buchanan 46 vs. D-5 No. 2 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier 36

Day Three Games:

D-6 No. 4 Kidder County 50 vs. D-6 No. 3 Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 62

D-5 No. 3 Carrington 55 vs. D-5 No. 4 Griggs-Midkota 44

D-6 No. 2 South Border 66 vs. D-5 No. 2 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier 63

D-5 No. 1 Ellendale 69 vs. D-6 No. 1 Medina/Pingree-Buchanan 52

All-Tournament Team: 

Kaden Bader, South Border

Trevor Schmidt, South Border (unanimous)

Latrell Rainey, Griggs-Midkota

Hudson Schmitz, Carrington

Trenton Erbele, Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter (unanimous)

Jacob Nitschke, Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier (unanimous)

Josh Moser, Medina/Pingree-Buchanan (unanimous)

Rylen Wick, Medina/Pingree-Buchanan (unanimous)

Riley Thorpe, Ellendale (unanimous)

Levi Reis, Ellendale (unanimous)

Free Throw Award: Napoleon/Gackle-Street (69%)

Sportsmanship Award: Kidder County

Coach of the Tournament: Corey Bader, South Border

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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