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Prep Boys Basketball Roundup: Montevideo turns up the 'D' on New London-Spicer

Thunder Hawks use their defense to down Wildcats 67-56 in season-opener

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Montevideo senior Bradyn Schultz (middle) goes up for a layup between a pair of NLS defenders during a non-conference game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at New London. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

NEW LONDON — The Montevideo Thunder Hawks used balanced scoring to beat New London-Spicer 67-56 in a non-conference boys basketball game Friday night.

It was both teams’ season-opener.

Montevideo opened the game by scoring the first six points, all coming from Landon Stock.

“It’s important to get off to a good start in the first game of the year,” said Thunder Hawks head coach Derek Webb. “It’s good to see success early and to see the guys buy into what you’re doing on offense and defense.”

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NLS sophomore Mason Delzer (middle) pokes the ball away from Montevideo's Mason Jerve for a steal during the first half of a non-conference game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at New London. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

NLS was able to respond with a 15-2 run for a 15-8 lead midway through the first half. But over the final 7 minutes, 11 seconds of the first half, Montevideo outscored the Wildcats 17-4 for a 28-24 halftime lead.

Webb was complementary of his defense, especially in the half-court. The Wildcats were held to 36.4 percent shooting, including 6 of 28 (21.4%) from 3-point range.

“The guys have bought into defense this year,” Webb said. “That’s pretty much our difference-maker. If we can play good defense, we can reach a lot of our goals.”

NLS led 41-38 with 11:42 to play before the Thunder Hawks broke off a 10-point run to pull ahead 48-41. The closest the Wildcats got the rest of the way was five points.

“We made a couple little adjustments with their shooters that were getting open looks,” Webb said about his team’s second-half defense. “Once we forced them to put it on the floor, we were able to pinch on them in the lane and get rebounds.”

Montevideo got 17 points from Andrew Van Binsbergen, 16 from Stock and 12 from Kaden Boike.

For NLS, Brycen Christensen had 14 points and seven rebounds. Brady Gerhardson added 14 points and three steals off the bench.

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The Thunder Hawks play host to Central Minnesota Christian on Tuesday. The Wildcats are back at home Wednesday against Morris/Chokio-Alberta.

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Montevideo senior Hunter Strand (22) takes a shot over an NLS defender during the first half of a non-conference game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at New London. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Non-Conference

Montevideo 67,
NLS 56

Montevideo (1-0) 28 39 — 67
NLS (0-1) 24 32 — 56
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Andrew Van Binsbergen 17, Landon Stock 16, Kaden Boike 12, Mason Jerve 7, Bradyn Schultz 6, Hunter Strand 6, Justin Collins 3 … 3-point shots: Stock 1, Boike 2 … Rebound leader: Schultz 5 … Assist leader: Stock 5 … Steal leader: Van Binsbergen 1, Schultz 1, Collins 1 ... Block leader: Stock 1, Strand 1
NLS - Scoring: Aedan Andresen 8, Brycen Christensen 14, Peyton Coahran 9, Mason Delzer 4, Brady Gerhardson 14, Grant Paffrath 7 … 3-point shots: Christensen 2, Coahran 2, Gerhardson 1, Paffrath 1 … Rebound leader: Christensen 7 … Assist leader: Coahran 4 … Steal leader: Coahran 3, Gerhardson 3 ... Block leader: Christensen 1, Gerhardson 1, Paffrath 1

MACCRAY 90,
HL-O/Fulda 76

MACCRAY earned its first victory of the season with a strong second half performance over Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda at the Wabasso tournament.

The Wolverines trailed HL-O/Fulda 44-39 at halftime but scored 51 points in the second half to outscore the Coyotes by 19 to take the victory.

Issac Post was the leading scorer and 3-point leader with 31 points and three treys made.

The Wabasso Tournament continues Saturday.

HL-O/Fulda (0-1) 44 32 — 76
MACCRAY (1-0) 39 51 — 90
HL-O/FULDA - Stats not available
MACCRAY - Scoring: Isaac Strommer 8, Issac Post 31, Matt Wadsworth 2, Gavin Husman 12, Riley Roskens 2, Dreyer Homan 2, Brooks Asche 17, Jordan Warne 16 … 3-point shots: Post 3, Asche 1 … Rebound leader: Warne 11 … Assist leader: Husman 10 … Steal leader: Strommer 3, Husman 3 ... Block leader: Warne 3.

CMCS 79,
ACGC 45

Central Minnesota Christian cruised past Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in its home-opener at Prinsburg.

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Ethan Bulthuis, Case Mulder and Ben Van Eps all scored 17 points to lead the Bluejays. Caleb Vander Beek contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.

CMCS plays at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Montevideo. ACGC plays Yellow Medicine East at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Granite Falls.

ACGC (1-1) 11 34 — 45
CMCS (1-0) 48 31 — 79
ACGC - Stats not available
CMCS - Scoring: Chris Harrington 2, Ethan Bulthuis 17, Case Mulder 17, Drew Duininck 4, Brayden Marcus 9, Braelin Rime 1, Ben Van Eps 17, Caleb Vander Beek 12 … 3-point shots: Bulthuis 3, Marcus 3, Mulder 2, Van Eps 1… Rebound leader: Vander Beek 10 … Assist leader: Van Eps 6 … Steal leader: Bulthuis 4 ... Block leader: none

Morris/CA 84,
Paynesville 57

Jackson Loge helped lift Morris/Chokio-Alberta over host Paynesville in a matchup of Section 3AA opponents.

Loge had 35 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists. He also hit four 3-pointers.

Paynesville was led by Max Athmann’s 14 points.

The Bulldogs are host to Osakis on Tuesday.

Morris/CA (2-0) 43 41 — 84
Paynesville (1-1) 22 35 — 57
MORRIS/CA - Scoring: Tyler Burlinger 8, Cole Wente 8, Brandon Jergenson 10, Thomas Tiernan 14, Jackson Loge 35, Drew Stork 2, Sam Kleinwolterink 7 … 3-point shots: Wente 2, Jergensen 1, Tiernan 2, Loge 4 … Rebound leaders: Decker 6, Loge 17, Kleinwolterink 9 … Assist leader: Loge 7 … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Tafadzwa Juma 2, Izaak Schultz 8, Eli Nelson 10, Gus Johnson 6, Grayson Fuchs 6, Max Athmann 14, Abe Brunner 2, Bennett Evans 3, Blayke Pung 6 … 3-point shots: none … Rebound leader: Nelson 6, Fuchs 4, Pung 5 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

BOLD 75, BLHS 59

BOLD opened the season with a victory over Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at Bird Island.

Cole Visser and Maxwell Marks led the Warriors. Visser had 19 points. Marks also had 19 with two steals.

Ethan Sullivan contributed six assists. Jack Gross and Ryan King had 12 points apiece for BOLD. King also had seven rebounds.

The Warriors next play Mayer Lutheran at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bird Island.

BLHS (1-1) 29 30 — 59
BOLD (1-0) 31 44 — 75
BLHS - Stats not available

BOLD - Scoring: Hunter Borer 2, Jack Gross 12, Ryan King 12, Ethan Sullivan 4, Andy Bahl 1, Cole Visser 19, Maxwell Marks 19, Colter Johnson 6 … 3-point shots: Visser 3, Gross 2 … Rebound leader: King 7 … Assist leader: Sullivan 6 … Steal leader: Marks, Sullivan and Gross 2 ... Block leader: None

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