Ellendale wins battle 52-38 over E/K-M in District 5 tournament semifinals

The Rebels opened the second half on a 9-0 run.

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Ellendale's Levi Reis (14) dances around with the ball and looks past Braeden Kinzler of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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Sometimes the scoreline doesn't properly reflect the quality of a basketball game. The second round District 5 game between the Ellendale Cardinals and the Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier Rebels is one such example as the Cardinals defeated the Rebels 52-38 Monday, Feb. 28, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Cardinals’ (21-1) Scott Wagner fought through contact and hit a layup to cut his team’s deficit to 16-15 with 25 seconds to go in the first quarter.

To open the second quarter, Wagner went up for the layup and got hit, drawing an audible yell of approval from the senior as he put his team up 18-16, which started a 10-2 Cardinals run that was punctuated by a Riley Thorpe corner three to put his team up 28-18 with 4:25 to go in the first half. On the other end, Braeden Kinzler hit the layup to cut the deficit to six. Over the last few minutes of the first half, the Cardinals were able to go on a run stretching the lead out to 34-20.

The Rebels’ (14-7) Dalton Madcke hit the jumper to cut the deficit to 34-29 with 4:35 to go in the third quarter.

The Rebels’ Joseph Kramlich stole a ball and sprinted to the cup where he hit the layup and got the foul, he hit the free throw to cut the deficit to 40-38 with 5:15 to go in the game. Thorpe knocked down a three to push the lead out to 47-38 with 2:10 to go in the game.


The Cardinals' ability to respond to runs is down to their experience according to head coach Brian Vance.

"Our resiliency," Vance said. "We've got a lot of guys that can shoot, we just settled for too many threes. Once we got the ball back down to Scotty, things looked up. The biggest thing is we gotta play composed."

After dominating in the first half to the tune of 16 points and 9 rebounds, Wagner was doubled throughout most of the second half, finishing with 20 points and 17 rebounds.

"They were running a zone and our guards got pressured and they weren't really looking in," Wagner said. "We still got the job done and I'm willing to accept the fact that if they try to shut me down which they tried to do, they are leaving the guys outside wide open. So, while they may have shut us down, we still got the win, so I can't be frustrated by that."

Ahead of the consolation game, Rebels head coach Kevin Strobel said that his team will be ready to book their spot in the regional tournament.

"Well it's do or die," Strobel said. "The winner goes to regions, the loser goes home. We'll regroup here. We'll get showered up and we'll get home and get a good nights rest. They'll be ready to go. I know my guys, they want to get to regions."

E/K-M 38, EHS 52

E/K-M: 16 4 11 7—38


EHS: 15 19 6 12–52

Points leaders:

E/K-M: Jacob Nitschke 9, Dalton Madcke 8, Joseph Kramlich 8, Braeden Kinzler 7, Dylan Carlson 2, Austin Strobel 2, Adam Nitschke 2

EHS: Scott Wagner 20, Riley Thorpe 18, Levi Reis 7, Mason Molan 3, Anton Geller 2, Cole Sayler 1, Jack Bommersbach 1

Assists leaders:

E/K-M: A. Nitschke 3, Kramlich 3, Madcke 3

EHS: Thorpe 3, Bommersbach 2, Reis 1, Geller 1

Leading rebounders:


E/K-M: J. Nitschke 4, A. Nitschke 4, Strobel 4, Madcke 4, Kinzler 2, Carlson 1, Kramlich 1

EHS: Wagner 17, Thorpe 6, Reis 3, Bommersbach 3, Sayler 2, Molan 1

District 5 Boys Basketball Tournament:

First round games for Feb. 26:

No. 1 Ellendale vs. bye

No. 4 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier 46 vs. No. 5 Oakes 33

No. 2 LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 60 vs. No. 7 Barnes County North 30

No. 3 Carrington 55 vs. No. 6 Griggs-Midkota 58

Second round games for Feb. 28:

No. 7 BCN 41 vs. No. 3 Carrington 65

No. 1 Ellendale 52 vs. No. 4 E/K-M 38

No. 2 L/L-M vs. No. 6 Griggs-Midkota, 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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