Ellendale gets 77-49 D5 tourney win over Griggs-Midkota

The Cardinals had 14 second chance points in the win.

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Ellendale's Kade Schimke (3) spreads his guard wings to hold back Kyle Johnson (13) of Griggs-Midkota on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN — The Ellendale Cardinals scored 58 points in the second and third quarters combined and that was enough to get a 77-49 win over the Griggs-Midkota Titans on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

“We felt really confident coming into this game,” Titans head coach Kyle Mehus said. “We did some things well right away, we were right in the game, losing guys on defense, not talking through screens. That’s what you need to do to be in games like this, you gotta be talking the whole time, they’re a great team, they were on fire tonight.”

The first quarter was competitive as the Cardinals’ Riley Thorpe rolled off a screen and hit a three to push his team’s lead out to 14-10 at the first-quarter buzzer. Midway through the second quarter the Cardinals were able to push the lead out to 26-13 on a Levi Reis three before the Titans cut into it with a three of their own. Thorpe splashed another three to give the Cardinals (12-9) the 41-20 lead late in the first half.

“We also talked in the locker room that we gotta be us,” We didn’t play our game last night. We played a little bit more of LaMoure’s game, give LaMoure credit, they got back, we didn’t run very well. That what one of those things, we wanted to run, play fast and that was one of the things we did tonight.

In total in the first half, the Cardinals shot 62% from three while the Titans (9-13) shot 23% from deep.


The Cardinals kept it going in the second half as they opened the second half with a three and pushed it out to 67-30 late in the third quarter. In total in the second half, the Cardinals shot 44% from three, while the Titans shot 56% from deep. The Cardinals' most efficient three-point shooter was Thorpe who shot 5-for-7 from deep.

“Honestly didn’t go as planned for all of us, we weren’t having a good night,” Thorpe said. “So, today we just let it fly and have fun.”

In the loss, the Titans were hurt by turnovers as they turned it over 15 times.

The Cardinal now wait to see who they will play in the Region 3 tournament on Monday, March 6.

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Carter Spitzer (3) of Griggs-Midkota cruises past Ellendale's Jack Bommersbach on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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G-M 49, EHS 77

G-M: 10 10 17 12–49

EHS: 14 27 31 5–77

Points leaders:


G-M: Wyatt Spickler 9, James Woodstead 7, Kyle Johnson 7, Jarin Monson 6

EHS: Riley Thorpe 25, Mason Molan 17, Anton Geller 16

Assists leaders:

G-M: Carter Spitzer 3, Will Spickler 1, Johnson 1

EHS: Geller 6, Thorpe 5, Molan 2, Jack Bommersbach 2, Levi Reis 2

Leading rebounders:

G-M: Latrell Rainey 8, Wyatt Spickler 6, Kyle Johnson 4

EHS: Molan 7, Geller 5, Reis 3, Thorpe 3 Bommersbach 2

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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