E/K-M holds on in 64-49 D5 tourney win over Carrington

The Rebels forced 13 turnovers in the win.

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Carrington's Joshua Bickett (2) drives around Braeden Kinzler of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier during the District 5 tournament on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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JAMESTOWN — The Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier Rebels got metaphorically punched in the face early in the fourth quarter and they were able to punch back and get a 64-49 win against the Carrington Cardinals on Monday, Feb. 27, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Rebels (11-9) opened the game on a 9-2 run before the Cardinals (12-9) cut into it at 15-9 with 20 seconds to go in the first quarter. However, the Rebels were able to push the lead out to 30-15 on a Braeden Kinzler three midway through the second quarter.

“We come out and play with a lot of energy,” Rebels head coach Kevin Strobel said. “(It) started with that press to just get things flowing and get them active. I think it worked, we were ready to roll, we didn’t want to be passive. So, the team played aggressive and they played hard.”

The Cardinals’ Grady Shipman hit a three early in the third to cut the deficit to 36-27 with 5:15 to go in the third. The Rebels were able to stretch the lead out to 42-29 with 3:30 to go in the third quarter before the Cardinals went on a huge run to cut the deficit to 44-38 at the end of the third.

The run continued into the fourth as the Cardinals’ Ryder Bickett hit a layup to cut the deficit to 44-42 with 6:33 to go in the game. The Rebels were able to stretch the lead out to 49-42 over the next few minutes and they were able to overcome another Cardinals run that saw their lead dwindle down to 53-46.


Both teams struggled shooting the ball from deep in this game as the Cardinals shot 4-for-22 and the Rebels shot 5-for-19.

The Rebels try to win their first district championship since 2018 at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The Cardinals return to the floor at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, when they take on Barnes County North.

“We’ve gotta head home and wake up and turn around and scratch and claw and find a way to get a win,” Cardinals head coach Tim Ranum said. “I don’t know what we gotta do if we gotta go like Pedro Cerrano in Major League and sacrifice a live chicken or something, I don’t know. We just gotta find a way to respond. I told the guys we gotta worry about it. I told them last week a goal in the district tournament is just to get out of it. So whatever way we gotta do that’s what we’re going to do.”

E/K-M 64, CHS 49

E/K-M: 17 13 14 20–64

CHS: 9 11 18 11–49

Points leaders:

E/K-M: Jacob Nitschke 17, Austin Strobel 15, Zeke Barnick 9


CHS: Jack Erickson 13, Hudson Schmitz 13, Josh Bickett 8

Assists leaders:

E/K-M: Nitschke 3, Jaxon Buckeye 3, Joe Kramlich 2, Dylan Carlson 1, Braeden Kinzler 1, Strobel 1

CHS: Bickett 3, Schmitz 2, Jack Paulson 1, Grady Shipman 1

Leading rebounders:

E/K-M: Nitschke 13, Strobel 8, Kramlich 6

CHS: Erickson 11, Schmitz 8, Ryder Bickett 4

2023 District 5 Boys Basketball Tournament:


Full Bracket Below:

First Round:

No. 1 Ellendale-bye

No. 4 LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 59 vs. No. 5 Barnes County North 32

No. 2 Carrington 66 vs. No. 7 Oakes 29

No. 3 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier 65 vs. No. 6 Griggs-Midkota 44

Second Round:

No. 5 Barnes County North-bye


No. 6 Griggs-Midkota 57 vs. No. 7 Oakes 47

No. 4 LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 59 vs. No. 1 Ellendale Ellendale 51

No. 3 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier 64 vs. No. 2 Carrington 49

Third round:

No. 2 Carrington vs. No. 5 Barnes County North, 4:30 p.m.

No. 1 Ellendale vs. No. 6 Griggs-Midkota, 6 p.m.

No. 4 LaMoure/Litchville-Marion vs. No. 3 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier, 7:30 p.m.

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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