Corey's Corner 1/25
Posted 1/25/17 (Wed)
The Fargo South Bruins Take On The Wahpeton Huskies
Continuing on the road trip out East trend from last week, we return to the Fargo-Moorhead area as the Bruins of Fargo South take on the Wahpeton Huskies. The Huskies made back-to-back appearances on BEK, and made trip to the South side this time. Meanwhile it was a big game for Fargo South as it marked the return of Kaleb Johnson from an offseason injury. The point guard makes a huge difference beyond the scoring and the passing that they can provide.
The Bruins Found Their Rhythym In The Second
And Johnson got going right away. He was good from the free throw line hitting his first four. Sam O’Keefe also got going quickly to the tune of seven first half points. Menkeh Mendin came in as the leading scorer for South, and he did well in this one as well despite some early foul trouble. Meanwhile for the Huskies Josh Darwin had nine and Zach Manock had eight in the opening stanza, keeping Wahpeton in striking distances. Charles Bennington put one up at the buzzer and drained the three as the horn sounded, giving South the 30-20 halftime lead. Then in the second half, Fargo South really found their rhythm. The Bruins got a balanced scoring effort, starting out on a 12-5 run and using that as a springboard the rest of the way. South hopes to use this game as a springboard as well, not only picking up the win but getting one of their key players and a little groove back in the process.
University of Mary Takes On Bemidji State
Then we ventured back out West and headed to the University of Mary. The womens’ team went to work first, looking to break a four game losing streak against the Beavers of Bemidji State. And UMary showed a commitment to working it down low. Gabbie Bohl was phenomenal for the Marauders. But unfortunately for the Marauders early on, the shots from the outside are worth more. Bemidji State drained 11 3s out of their first 25 attempts. That normally would be a good enough start to open up a big lead. But the ability of the Marauders underneath has been key all season, and it was huge in this one. The Marauders lead at halftime 35-31. Then throughout the second half UMary continued to respond every single time Bemidji State got on a run, and the Marauders broke through and ended their losing streak. Hannah Larson was excellent as usual, with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Marauders got the win 76-66.
UMary Men Still A Top Contender in NSIC North
Right after that it was time for the mens’ game. And it was the completely opposite circumstance all the way around. UMary was riding some of its hottest play of the season, and looked to keep that going here vs. the Beavers. It was a back-and-forth opening few minutes as both teams held the lead before seeing the other take it back. One big moment early was the entrance of Damonta Henry, who almost immediately after coming in drained a three point shot. It was so significant because that marked 1,000 points for Henry with the Marauders. But in the later stages, Bemidji manged to get a lead and hold onto it. UMary managed to get up for a bit, but Bemidji State controlled things throughout the game. Bryan Jefferson lead the way with 20 points, Henry finished with 19, and Isaac Lindquist who got off to a very good start finished with 13. Despite the loss, the Marauders are still playing some excellent basketball and are one of the top four teams in the NSIC North.
Bismarck State College Hosts United Tribes Technical College
We keep it at the college game as we also keep it in Bismarck this time for the Mystics of Bismarck State playing host to the Thunderbirds of United Tribes Technical College. The Womens’ game showcased one of the top teams in the Mon-Dak conference as the Mystics of Bismarck State got out to a big lead early. BSC scores 55 points in the first half, and those two incredible shooting quarters would provide them the blueprint to a victory in this one. BSC would shoot well over 50% in the first half, and finished at 48% for the ballgame. Hannah Hanson was 9-12 from the field and notched 23 points for a game high. Nicole Bunting and Ariana Zook also got to double digits with 10. Bismarck State got the win in this one 99-68.
BSC VS. UTTC Men's Game Endured Crazy Tempo
Much like in the UMary games, the mens’ game and womens’ game went very different. The Mystics were looking to break a losing streak and were coming off a week in which they hadn’t played. Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds had put together a good run of play and had beaten Mon-Dak conference teams this year. And this game was close the whole way. Both teams had some big runs in this game. In the first half, BSC put up an 11-2 differential. United Tribes got 12 straight points. Melvin Collins was crazy good for BSC with 20 points at halftime. Brody Nieuwsma was good as well with 13 points. Meanwhile for United Tribes they also had two guys into double digits in Amaury Matthews and Antwan Antonio. Most of United Tribes opportunities came off of Bismarck State turnovers, and that gave us a 46-44 halftime lead in favor of UTTC. The second half was defined by a few key trends. First up was the free throw shooting of Brody Nieuwsma. He went 14-14 from the line, and was the primary scoring method for the Mystics. He wrapped up the game with 30 points. He hit key free throws all the way down the stretch. Melvin Collins continued his great day shooting with 36. The other big trend was the foul trouble for United Tribes. Amaury Matthews, Tommy Williams, and Adrian Farmer all wound up with five fouls. Still Matthews put UTTC up 1 with 18 seconds left. He had a great game with 22. Another key play late was Nieuwsma drawing a charge that set up a key final play. Last time we were at BSC, the mens’ game came down to a buzzer beater attempt. The same thing happened here as Melvin Collins went for the turnaround jumper. But it would not fall. United Tribes celebrated on the road as they got the win 100-99 in a crazy tempo game.
Back East For The Hi-Liners VS. The Roughriders In High School Basketball
We wrap things up out East again as the City of Bridges is the site of action between the Hi-Liners and the Roughriders of Grand Forks Red River. The doubleheader would be a good one for the team from North-East North Dakota. In the girls game, GFRR got up quickly. Kendra Bohm was good with 11, Kenady Steffan and Danica Kemnitz also got into double digits. But it was Lexi Robson who acted as the leading scorer once again for the Roughriders. Courtney Lloyd was good from the get-go for the Hi-Liners as she too got into double digits. But GFRR is one of the top teams in North Dakota, and they showed it in this one. They got the win 78-42.
The boys’ game went similarly. Again, GFRR is one of the top teams in North Dakota. But Valley City gave them all they could handle early on. And in the first part of the game this turned into a 1v1. Drew Oberlander scored the first 9 points for VC, and Drew Polynise notched 11 in the first six minutes. Then the rest of the teams got involved. Mark Toe notched 10 first half points (he would do the same in the second.) Nate Rodriguez also had 10 for Valley City in the opening stanza. It was 47-38 at the halftime break. Then a 21-10 run from the Roughriders put this one out of reach. Mason Benefield and Mark Toe took over the ballgame. And GFRR got the 88-68 win.