Ellendale remains undefeated with 54-45 win over E/K-M

The Cardinals went on a 14-0 run in the first half to stretch their lead.

Ellendale's Mason Molan drives past his defender in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals' 51-28 win over Kidder County in the first round of the Stutsman County Tournament on Jan. 6, 2022. Max O'Neill/ The Jamestown Sun.

In a battle of Region 3 foes, the Ellendale Cardinals boys basketball team got the commanding 54-45 win Tuesday, Feb. 1, over the Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier Rebels.

The Cardinals (13-0) went down 6-5 early before going on a 14-0 run, which included a Scott Wagner layup in the first quarter, to make it 19-6. The Rebels (10-3) battled back in the second quarter outscoring the Cardinals 11-9.

The Cardinals’ Riley Thorpe splashed two 3-pointers to make it 19-6 with 5:06 to go in the first half.

The Rebels’ Braeden Kinzler ended the run by hitting two 3-pointers to make it 19-12 with 3:34 to go in the first half. The Cardinals’ Levi Reis hit a a 3-pointer with 17 seconds to go in the first half to make it 22-17.

The Cardinals are a battle tested team who are able to rise to the occasion and respond to runs with runs of their own, according to head coach Brian Vance.


“They're resilient and they work hard,” Vance said. “We have a lot of guys that work hard and are confident in their shooting. That's probably the biggest thing, the resiliency of the guys, they just know how to win and get it done at the end.”

Reis splashed the triple to make it 25-17 early in the third quarter. On the other end, Kinzler responded with a triple of his own to cut the lead to five.

The Rebels’ Joe Krammlich hit the stop-and-pop jumper to make it 32-24 with just over three minutes to go in the third quarter. The Rebels’ Dalton Madcke drove in and hit the layup to cut the deficit to 38-31 with just over a minute to go in the third quarter.Madcke drove in, hit the basket and converted the and-one to make it 42-40 with 5:46 to go in the game.

Reis found Wagner down low who hit the layup to make it 47-43 with late in the game. Wagner erupted with 1:28 to go when he got the basket to fall and knocked down the and-one to make it 52-45 with 1:20 to go in the game.

The Cardinals put their undefeated record on the line at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, when they face Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock. The Rebels return to the court at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, when they face Sargent County.

EHS 54, E/K-M 45

EHS: 13 9 20 12—54

E/K-M: 6 11 16 12—45


Points leaders:

EHS: Scott Wagner 28, Riley Thorpe 12, Levi Reis 6, Anton Geller 4, Jack Bommersbach 2, Mason Molan 2

E/K-M: Dalton Madcke 15, Brad Kiznler 12, Joe Kramlich 10, Jacob Nitschke 8

Total stats:

EHS: 20 FGs, 8-11 FTs, 11 fouls, 3-pointers: Thorpe 4, Reis 2

E/K-M: 15 FGs, 8-11 FTs, 12 fouls, 3-pointers: Kinzler 4, Kramlich 2, Nitschke

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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