Carr notches 600th coaching win as Lions dump Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier
The Lions improved to 11-3 with the victory, while Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier fell to 9-3 with the loss. Coach Carr, who is in his 31st season coaching the Lions, has a career record of 600-171 (.778) at Linton, and a 636- 195 (.765) mark in 33-plus seasons overall.
Linton- HMB battled through foul trouble for most of the game, especially in the second half, but the Lion reserves did a good job in filling in, and they combined to score 33 of the team’s 61 points in the game. Linton-HMB never trailed in the opening period, but the Lions could not build more than a 3-point advantage, and the quarter ended in a 9-9 deadlock, with Lion starters Ryan Schneider and Tyler Humann sitting out the rest of the half with 2 fouls each.
Logan Hanson’s basket on the opening possession of the second period gave E-K-M its first lead (11-9), and later, Hanson hit another jumper to give the Rebels a 15-14 edge with 4:50 left in the first half. However, that would mark the final lead of the game for E-KM, and Linton-HMB ripped off 9 unanswered points over the next 2:15 to move back in front (23-15) for good.
After Tallen Berg hit a pair of free throws for E-K-M, Linton-HMB capped a 16-2 run with a three-pointer from Andrew Small and a pair of jumpers by Mason Ryckman to open up a 30-17 cushion with 2:35 left in the half. The Lions led by as many as 14 points in the quarter and took a 35-22 lead to the intermission, but two more starters (Ryckman and Brooks Flyberg) picked up their second fouls before the horn sounded.
Linton-HMB hit on half (15 of 30) of its field goal attempts, including four 3-pointers, and the Lions committed just 4 turnovers in the first half. E-K-M shot 43 percent (9 of 21) from the field and sank 4 of 6 free throws, but the Rebels turned the ball over 13 times in the half. Ryckman scored 11 points in the first half for Linton-HMB, including 8 in the second period, while Small scored 10 points (all in the second period) and Flyberg added 8 for the Lions in the half. Berg and Hanson paced E-K-M’s scoring attack with 9 and 8 points, respectively.
Linton-HMB had to maneuver through foul trouble in the third period, as Ryckman, Schneider and Flyberg each picked up their third fouls before the 5:40 mark of the period. Still, Linton-HMB went on a 12-4 run, andAustin Bernhardt’s basket extended the lead to 47-28 with 2:45 left. In a bazaar sequence, E-K-M scored 6 points on one possession and went on an 8-0 run in a span of :27. Connor Entzi’s free throws closed the gap to 47-36 with 2:00 left in the period, and Humann picked up his third and fourth fouls before the end of the frame. However, Linton-HMB’s lead never dropped below 11 points again, and the Lions took a 49-38 advantage into the final quarter.
E-K-M’s chances for a rally dwindled away in the early part of the fourth quarter. The Rebels turned in a dismal performance on the offensive end during the quarter, misfiring on all five field goal attempts, hitting just 1 of 4 free throws, and committing 7 turnovers in the frame. The Lions didn’t enjoy an explosive offensive quarter themselves, but they scored the first 7 points of the period to open up a 56- 38 lead, and E-K-M’s lone point of the quarter came on Hanson’s free throw with 2:58 left.
Linton-HMB went 25 of 50 (50%) from the floor and 7 of 15 from the line, while committing 13 turnovers in the game. E-K-M shot 40 percent (14 of 35) from the field and hit 10 of 17 (59%) free throws, but the Rebels committed 29 turnovers in the game, including 16 in the second half. E-K-M held a 27-25 edge in total rebounds, but Linton-HMB held a 10-5 advantage in offensive boards.
Small and Ryckman each scored a game-high 15 points for Linton-HMB, while Purintun scored 9 points, Flyberg netted 7 points, and Bernhardt chipped in 6 points for the Lions. Berg paced E-K-M with 13 points, and Hanson scored 11 points for the Rebels.
Linton-HMB:Andrew Small 15, Mason Ryckman 15, Jon Purintun 9, Brooks Flyberg 7, Austin Bernhardt 6, Tyler Humann 4, James Schmaltz 3, Ryan Schneider 2.
Edgeley-Kulm: Tallen Berg 13, Logan Hanson 11, Mason Madcke 5, Connor Entzi 5, Noah Greer 3, Josh Foley 2.