Lions pick up conference victory over Ellendale
Linton-HMB, which won for the sixth time in their last seven games, improved to 6-3 on the season, and 4-1 in the South Central Conference. Ellendale, meanwhile, dropped to 1-2 in the SCC, and 3-7 overall with the loss.
Linton-HMB never trailed in the game, and it looked as though the Lions would run away with the game early on as they scored the first 9 points just 1:20 into the contest. However, Ellendale would finally get on the board on Adam White’s basket at the 5:30 mark, and even though the Cardinals trailed by as many as 11 points (17-6) in the first period, they would hang tough, and managed to threaten the Lion lead before the end of the first half.
Brooks Flyberg scored 8 points for Linton-HMB in the first quarter, and Andrew Small’s three-pointer in the closing seconds of the frame extended the lead to double digits (20-10), but Lion center Mason Ryckman picked up his second foul midway through the opening quarter, and he would sit the final 12:00 of the half.
Austin Bernhardt’s basket a half minute into the second quarter matched Linton- HMB’s biggest lead (22-11) of the half, but Ellendale answered with an 11-2 run over the next 3:30, and Logan Wang’s basket cut the lead to 24-22 midway through the quarter. However, Ellendale failed to score on its ensuing possession, and the Cardinals would never have another opportunity to tie the game or take the lead on any single trip the rest of the game.
Tyler Humann’s threepoint play finally ended the run with 3:30 left, and later Jon Purintun knocked down a three-pointer at the 2:26 mark to start a 7-0 run by Linton-HMB. Ryan Schneider capped the run with a pair of baskets to extend the lead to 35-24 with under a minute left, but Ellendale got a three-pointer by Shawn Hofer and a free throw by White in the waning seconds to close within 35-28 at halftime.
Both teams shot well from the floor the entire game, but especially in the first half, where Linton-HMB hit on 13 of 22 (59%) field goals, including 5 of 6 threepointers, and Ellendale connected on 11 of 18 (61%) field goal attempts. Ellendale hit 5 of 10 free throws, while Linton-HMB went 4 for 5 from the line, both teams collected 10 rebounds, and Ellendale committed 11 turnovers, compared to 9 miscues by Linton-HMB in the half.
Flyberg (10), Schneider (8) and Humann (7) combined for 25 points for Linton-HMB, while White scored 15 points (9 in the second period), and Hofer netted 7 points for Ellendale in the first half.
Ellendale stayed close for much of the third period, but the Cardinals could draw no closer than 5 points the entire second half. Hofer’s basket at the 4:12 mark of the third period closed the gap to 42- 36, but Linton-HMB went on a 12-4 run over the next 4:00, and Flyberg’s basket off a steal increased the lead to 54-40, before Wang put back an offensive board as time expired for Ellendale. Wang was also fouled on the play, but he misfired on the ensuing free throw, leaving Linton-HMB with a 54-42 advantage heading into the final period.
Linton-HMB’s lead didn’t look so comfortable after both Ryckman and Schneider picked up their fourth fouls over the first :45 of the fourth period, and the Lions only field goal over the first 3:50 of the quarter came on a threepointer by Humann at the 5:45 mark. A pair of free throws by Chase Durheim capped a 10-3 run by Ellendale that cut the deficit in half (57-50) with 4:43 left, but Ellendale went scoreless for nearly 2:30 after that, and Humann answered with a triple on the ensuing trip to up the margin to double digits (60-50) with just over 4:00 left.
Neither team scored again until Ryckman put in a basket at the 3:00 mark, and after an Ellendale turnover, Ryckman put in a jumper to cap a 7-0 spurt that pushed the lead back up to 64-50 with 2:33 left. James Johnston’s putback finally ended Ellendale’s drought, but just 1:18 remained and the Cardinals would draw no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Linton-HMB finished 27 of 48 (56%) from the field, includinga7of8showing from behind the arc, and the Lions hit 8 of 15 (53%) free throws and committed a dozen turnovers, including just 3 miscues over the final two quarters. Ellendale shot 58 percent (22 of 38) from the floor and 56 percent (9 of 16) from the line while committing 20 turnovers.
Schneider led Linton-HMB with 18 points, and he also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Humann hit 3 three-pointers and finished with 17 points and 2 steals, and Flyberg added 12 points with game-highs in rebounds (9) and steals (4). Ryckman chipped in 9 points, and Travis Baumiller handed out 7 assists for the Lions. White was held to 2 field goals in the second half, but was still the game’s high scorer with 19 points. Hofer netted 13 points, and Zachary Dathe added 12 points for the Cardinals.
Ellendale: Adam White 19, Shawn Hofer 13, Zachary Dathe 12, Logan Wang 6, James Johnston 2, Chase Durheim 2.
Linton-HMB: Ryan Schneider 18, Tyler Humann 17, Brooks Flyberg 12, Mason Ryckman 9, Austin Bernhardt 4, Andrew Small 3, Travis Baumiller 3, Jon Purintun 3.
3-Pointers: Ellendale (1-3): Hofer 1, Linton-HMB (7-8): Humann 3, Flyberg 2, Small 1, Purintun 1. Fouled Out: Johnston (E).