M/P-B boys hoops fly past Strasburg-Zeeland 51-23 at Civic Center
The Thunder only had four fouls in the first half.
JAMESTOWN — The Medina/Pingree-Buchanan Thunder opened their District 6 schedule in convincing fashion with a 51-23 win over Strasburg/Zeeland on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
“I think this is a big win for our confidence because it’s the first district play,” Thunder junior forward Rylen Wick said. “I think this is our first win by more than 10, 15 points, so I think it’s good for our team to get a good win under our belt.”
After the first quarter was tied at four, the Thunder (6-2) went on a huge run to take a 21-6 lead early in the second quarter. The Thunder were able to stretch the lead out to 30-8 when Wick hit a jumper and drew the whistle midway through the second quarter.
“We just knew they’re going to keep fighting until the end of the fourth quarter,” Wick said. “We knew we had to come out ready to go or else they were going to let them get back into the game. We didn’t want a game all the way until the end so we had to just keep competing, come out strong.”
With just over four minutes to go in the third, Wick sprinted up the floor on a fastbreak and hit the runner to push the lead out to 35-13. Around two minutes later, the Thunder’s Gage Magstadt banked home a three to take a 38-13 lead. Late in the third, the Clippers cut into the lead on a Xavier Folk layup to cut the deficit to 38-15.
The Thunder were able to push the lead out to 42-16 on a Chase Ova layup with 7:15 to go in the game. Midway through the fourth quarter, Thunder head coach Bob Young called a timeout to speak to his team up 42-20 with 4:45 to go in the game.
“I just wanted us to play better basketball,” Young said. “I thought we came out of the locker room lackadaisical. I thought we weren’t taking the game seriously. I thought only a couple of our guys were moving their feet on defense. We had quit talking, we had quit boxing out. So, I just wanted to wake them up a little bit and try to get them to play a full game.”
Wick finished the day with eight points, good for a three way tie for second most points on the team with Mark Thomas and Gage Magstadt.
The Thunder are back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, when they go to Griggs-Midkota.
S-Z 23, M/P-B 51
S-Z: 4 7 4 8–23
M/P-B: 18 13 7 13–51
S-Z: Brock Tougas 7,Devin Feist 7, Dominic Meier 6
M/P-B: Sawyer Wanzek 12, Mark Thomas 8, Gage Magstadt 8, Rylen Wick 8, Josh Moser 5