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Boys basketball: Stone shoots down BBE

Kimm Anderson/St. Cloud Times elrose's Mitch Reller fends off Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's Billy Borgerding during the first half Thursday in Melrose. The Dutchmen won 87-56.

MELROSE — The Streak is over. Scottie Stone and the Melrose Dutchmen ended it emphatically.

BBE’s 50-game unbeaten string was snapped Thursday when Stone hit 10 3-point shots and scored 44 points to lead Melrose to an 87-56 non-conference win in one of the area’s most anticipated prep hoops showdowns in years.

BBE, now 17-1, entered as the defending Class A champ and this year’s No. 1-ranked team. The Dutchmen (15-1) are the No. 1 team in Class AA, with their only setback coming in overtime at Litchfield one month and 12 games ago.

A capacity crowd of more than 2,000 people packed the Melrose gym, expecting an epic duel of Melrose’s irresistible force offense vs. BBE’s immovable object offense.

But Stone blew up the paradox, hitting eight 3-pointers in the second half to turn a seven-point game at halftime into a rout.

“Wow, you never know what you’re going to get when you come to a basketball game,” said BBE head coach Dave Montbriand. “We did not expect that. They just made us look bad.”

Then he added with a resigned chuckle, “They made us look slow. Weak. Small. You name it.”

BBE is good enough to chalk up the loss to a bad night against a great opponent, but the hallmarks of a Dutchmen team that has observers harkening back to the Melrose glory days of Mark Olberding in the early 1970s were on full display.

The Dutch hit 52 percent from the floor overall and 59 percent from the 3-point line. They came into the game averaging 75.8 points per game and they abused a Jaguars’ defense that had been giving up just 44.4 points per game.

Stone, obviously, was the primary trigger man.

“He’s a tough shooter,” Montbriand said. “We left him open a couple of times but the rest of the time we had guys in his face. We were on him pretty tight but he hit a lot of tough shots.”

The teams were tied 25-25 when the Dutchmen began to pull away. They ended the half on a 12-5 run to take a 37-30 lead into halftime.

Melrose cranked up the assault right away in the second half. Stone’s 3-pointer midway through the half capped a 13-2 run that gave the Dutch a 53-36 lead.

Melrose had the lead up to 21 moments later and Stone’s 10th 3-pointer pushed the margin to 35 points and had head coach Ryan Dusha summoning his starters to the bench.

The Jaguars hit just 1 of 19 3-point shots — they trailed by 21 before Brian Goodwin hit the team’s lone long ball — and they shot just 32 percent overall. They also were outrebounded 35-24.

In the locker room after the game, Montbriand reminded his team that this was just their second loss in three years. He also mentioned the Duke men’s basketball team, ranked No. 1 in the country, losing to unranked Miami by 27 points last week.

“It happens,” Montbriand said. “Things snowball and you can’t get out of it. We’re not used to that. But we’ll get it back.”

Melrose 87, BBE 56

BBE (17-0)    30 26 — 56

Melrose (15-1)    37 50 — 87

BBE – 17-53 FG (1-19 3-pt); 21-25 FT; 24 rebounds; 16 fouls … Scoring: Tanner Heinsius 3, Alex Wosmek 2, Trey Heinsius 8, Brian Goodwin 9, David Rodgers 1, Adam Heinze 3, James Kuefler 14, Billy Borgerding 14, Nick Benton 2 … 3-point shots: Goodwin 1 … Rebound leaders: Kuefler 7 … Assist leaders: Goodwin 4, Kuefler 4 … Steal leaders: None

MELROSE – 32-61 FG (13-22 3-pt); 10-11 FT; 35 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Seth Noll 8, Isaac Sawyer 6, Ryan Elfering 13, Jacob Hinnenkamp 2, Scottie Stone 44, Mitch Reller 4, Ty Reller 2, Mitch Niehaus 8 … 3-point shots: Stone 10, Noll 2, Elfering 1 … Rebound leaders: Elfering 7, M.Reller 7 … Assist leaders: Sawyer 6, Stone 5 … Steal leaders: None

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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