Bremer Bank Classic: Willmar storms to rivalry win
WILLMAR — For the second year in a row, the bragging rights remain in Willmar.
The Willmar Cardinals battled back to take a 67-56 win in a contentious rivalry match with New London-Spicer to end the annual Bremer Bank Holiday Classic.
The middle of the game belonged to the Wildcats, who took a 34-27 lead into the break, but the Cardinals started strong and were eventually able to outlast their visitors.
"They play eight or nine guys too but I like the energy our bench brings us and we could do matchups," said Willmar head coach Matt Williams. "Their big guy wasn't in as much because he was in foul trouble so we went a bit smaller and we have the flexibility to do those things and match up well."
Depth certainly played a factor as Willmar was able to get double-digit point contributions from three players, including star guard Noah Slagter who ended the night with 17 points. Slagter started slow, however, and it was the guard across from him that made most of the noise throughout the night in Brandon Adelman.
The junior guard for the Wildcats took accepted the spotlight in the packed Big Red Gym and turned it into 29 points. Adelman missed his first five shots but eventually settled in to help guide the Wildcats in their first half run, notably scoring 17 of his team's first 27 points.
"It was mostly Brandon Adelman (in the first half)," Williams said. "He was unconscious. He made some really tough shots over good defense, we felt like, and a kid gets going like that you tip your hat to him. Those are great shots, you just gotta keep battling through it."
Those same shots, especially from deep, stopped falling in the second half for Adelman, who finished the night shooting 10-for-31 from the field. Williams credits a defensive switch and more full-court pressure with the changing of the tide.
"We face-guarded him the entire court," Williams said of Adelman, who scored nine points in the second half. "We made it tougher for him to catch the ball and I think we wore him out a bit, his legs didn't look like they were quite the same, had the same lift. We made a conscious decision to face-guard him all over the floor and have Ty Roelofs guard him so a little more length and made him shoot over that."
For the first half the Adelman had, Slagter, the tournament's MVP, was almost equally as powerful in the second half. He scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer at the start of the half to set the tone for the period.
"They were doing a hard hedge on our ball screens, he was a little hesitant and in the second half he was a little bit more in attack mode," Williams said. "That's Noah. The nice thing about coaching Noah is you know that that's always there. He's such a competitive kid, he wants to win so bad, that you know you don't have to tell him. He knows he didn't have a great first half and I knew he would come out and play a good second half."
Slagter's resurgence, combined with a double-down defensive effort led by Drey Driksen and his game-high four blocks and 10 rebounds, helped the Cardinals creep back in it and take the lead and eventually the win. The Cardinals outscored the Wildcats 40-22 in the second half.
Willmar 67, NLS 56
NLS (5-5) 34 22 — 56
Willmar (9-0) 27 40 — 67
NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Brandon Adelman 29, Ander Arnold 11, Jon Kaelke 7, Brandyn Harlow 4, Tristan Thompson 2, Caleb Maxwell 2, Jake Schmidt 1 ... 3-point shots: Adelman 4, Arnold 1, Kaelke 1 ... Rebound leader: Maxwell 7, Thompson 5 ... Assist leader: Adelman 2 ... Steal leader: Maxwell 2
WILLMAR - Scoring: Noah Slagter 17, Ty Roelofs 11, Drey Dirksen 11, Cameron Murphy 9, Ryan Slette 7, Noah Getz 6, Donald Jurek 4, Jake Evans 2 ... 3-point shots: Slagter 1, Slette 1 ... Rebound leader: Dirksen 10, Slagter 8 ... Assist leader: Getz 3 ... Steal leader: Jurek 2
BOLD 84, LQPV 62
Pace, pressure, and points. Lac qui Parle Valley saw a lot of that from BOLD Saturday night as the Warriors cruised to victory and a 2-0 tournament record.
One day after recording the area's first triple-double of the season, Gavin Vosika threatened for another with 14 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. It was teammate Jordan Sagedahl who benefited most from Vosika's passing ability. He finished with a game-high 23 points.
BOLD (8-2) 47 37 — 84
LQPV (5-6) 24 38 — 62
BOLD - Scoring: Drew Sagedahl 5, Gavin Vosika 14, Jordan Sagedahl 23, Devin Gluesing 8, James Woelfel 6, Carter Henry 7, Dawson Vosika 4, Tony Mack 10, Karl Kosack 8 ... 3-point shots: D Sagedahl 1, G Vosika 4, J Sagedahl 3, Mack 2 ... Rebound leader: G Vosika 10, Henry 8 ... Assist leader: G Vosika 7, Woelfel 4, Henry 4 ... Steal leader: G Vosika 5, D Sagedahl 4
LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Stats not provided
MACCRAY 43, BBE 38
MACCRAY's perimeter defense was on display in a close one against BBE Saturday night.
Braden Hoekstra tallied a game-high 16 points and pulled in another 13 rebounds for a double-double.
On the Jaguars side, Parker Schwinghammer, Evan Wiener and Ryan Illies each reached double-digit point totals as part of a three-headed attack.
BBE (3-6) 17 21 — 38
MACCRAY (2-8) 27 16 — 43
BBE - Scoring: Dylan Meyer 1, Evan Wiener 13, Parker Schwinghammer 14, Ryan Illies 10 ... 3-point shots: Wiener 1, P Schwinghammer 2 ... Rebound leader: Wiener 12, P Schwinghammer 6 ... Assist leader: Ethan Schwinghammer 2 ... Steal leader: P Schwinghammer 5
MACCRAY - Scoring: Brady Kienitz 2, Braden Hoekstra 16, Thomas Kirking 10, Blake Wadsworth 7, Kelby Jaenisch 2, Brett Harguth 6 ... 3-point shots: Hoekstra 4, Kirking 2 ... Rebound leader: Hoekstra 13, Jaenisch 7 ... Assist leader: Kirking 2, Harguth 2 ... Steal leader: Kienitz 1, Wadworth 1, Jaenisch 1, Harguth 1
CMCS 70, Sauk Centre 67
Central Minnesota Christian earned its first win of the year by holding off Sauk Centre in the opening game of day two of the Bremer Holiday Classic.
Austin TeBrake followed up Friday's strong game with another impressive showing, scoring 23 points with five made 3-pointers. Micah Vander Beek also had things working with 18 points. The Bluejays went 12-for-27 from distance, good for a 44 percent shooting clip.
Sauk Centre (6-3) 30 37 — 67
CMCS (1-7) 39 31 — 70
SAUK CENTRE - Stats not provided
CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Andrew Roelofs 3, Jacob Meyer 7, Austin TeBrake 23, Micah Vander Beek 18, Peter Martin 11, Braden Ruschen 8 ... 3-point shots: Roelofs 1, Meyer 2, TeBrake 5, Vander Beek 1, Martin 2, Ruschen 2 ... Rebound leader: TeBrake 8, Ruschen 8 ... Assist leader: Martin 5, Roelofs 4 ... Steal leader: Vander Beek 2, Ruschen 2