Lions, Lady Lions fall to Central Cass in jamboree
Central Cass swept Linton-HMB in a Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball doubleheader in the Linton-HMB Jamboree, played Jan. 22, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
Central Cass 65 Linton-HMB 60
Central Cass took the lead for good late in the third period, and then held on for a 65-60 victory over Linton-HMB. The Squirrels improved to 9-3 on the season, while Linton-HMB had its 9-game winning streak snapped to fall to 11-4.
The game was a thriller, especially over the first three quarters, and the first half featured eight ties and 16 lead changes, with neither team being able to open up more than a 3-point advantage. The first period was tied on six different occasions, including an 18-18 deadlock at the end of the frame.
The game remained very tight during the second period, and the biggest lead by either team came after Andrew Small hit a threepointer, and Brooks Flyberg followed with a basket to give Linton-HMB a 28-25 advantage with just over 3:00 left in the half. However, the lead would change hands six times over the remainder of the period, and Flyberg’s basket at the buzzer gave Linton-HMB a 34-33 edge at the break.
Linton-HMB hit on half (14 of 28) of its field goal attempts and sank 4 of 6 free throws in the first half, while Central Cass shot 43 percent (13 of 30) from the field and connected on all 6 of its free throw attempts in the half. Flyberg scored a dozen points and Tyler Humann netted 8 for Linton-HMB in the first half, and Central Cass was paced by Adam Breske with 10 points, and Garret Ebach with 9.
Baskets by Humann and Flyberg to start the second half gave Linton-HMB its biggest lead (38-33) of the game, but Central Cass came back to deadlock the score at 40-40 on Ellery Bresnahan’s basket midway through the period. That would mark the final tie of the game, and Humann knocked down a three-pointer on the ensuing trip to put the Lions back in front, 43-40. The Lions still led by 3 points (45-42) after Jon Purintun put in a basket with 2:30 remaining in the period, but Central Cass ripped off 6 unanswered points over the next 1:45 to take the lead for good, and the Squirrels took a 50-47 advantage into the final period.
Ebach started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to double the lead, but baskets by Jon Purintun and Mason Ryckman cut the margin to 53-51. However, Central Cass scored the next 7 points, and Ebach’s fourth triple of the game capped an 18-6 run that gave the Squirrels their biggest lead (60-51) with 5:30 remaining. The lead was still at 9 points (63- 54) after Bresnahan turned a steal into a lay-up with 3:15 left, but Central Cass would not hit another field goal in the game, and the Squirrels would have to hang on down the stretch.
Baskets by Flyberg and Purintun cut the lead to 63-58 with just under 2:00 left, but the Lions failed on a couple of opportunities to draw closer before Humann converted a steal into a lay-up to bring Linton-HMB within 63-60 with :40 left. Linton-HMB had to commit 4 fouls in the next :10, before finally putting Tommy Voss on the line for a bonus free throw attempt. Voss missed the front end, but Central Cass came away with the rebound, only to turn it over out of bounds to give Linton-HMB a chance to tie the game.
The Lions returned the favor on a traveling violation, and Breske went to the line for a bonus attempt with :15 remaining. Breske also misfired on the front end, and this time, Ryan Schneider rebounded for Linton-HMB, giving the Lions one last chance to tie the game. Linton-HMB, however, opted to go for a 2-point basket on the trip, but Purintun’s shot from inside the paint missed its mark, and Ebach rebounded and was fouled with just :05.6 left. Ebach hit the front side of the bonus attempt to seal the victory, and he added the second to complete the scoring.
Central Cass hit on 25 of 58 (43%) field goals, including just 4 of 16 (25%) shots from behind the arc, but the Squirrels connected on 11 of 14 free throws in the game. Central Cass committed 11 turnovers, and held a 30-27 edge in rebounds, but Linton-HMB held an 11-7 advantage on the offensive glass. Linton-HMB shot 52 percent (26 of 50) from the field, but the Lions made just 25 percent (3 of 12) of their three-point attempts. The Lions turned the ball over 16 times, and hit just 5 of 12 (43%) free throws, including just 1 of 6 free shots in the second half.
Ebach scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, including 10 in the final quarter, while Bresnahan and Breske netted 14 points apiece for Central Cass. Humann led Linton-HMB with 17 points and 3 assists, and Flyberg finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds and a pair of steals. Ryckman netted 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, Purintun added 7 points and 3 assists, and Schneider chipped in 5 points and 7 rebounds for the Lions.
Linton-HMB: Tyler Humann 17, Brooks Flyberg 16, Mason Ryckman 12, Jon Purintun 7, Ryan Schneider 5, Andrew Small 3.
Central Cass: Garret Ebach 24, Ellery Bresnahan 14, Adam Breske 14, Tommy Voss 8, Connor Reinets 3, Grady Brasnahan 2.
3-Pointers: Linton-HMB (3-12): Flyberg 1, Humann 1, Small 1, Central Cass (4-16): Ebach 4. Fouled Out: None.
Central Cass 58 Linton-HMB 26
For the fourth straight season, the Linton-HMB Lady Lions met powerful Central Cass at the Jamestown Civic Center, and for the fourth straight year, the Lady Lions came away with a setback.
The latest edition of the annual meeting was the most lop-sided, as Central Cass overpowered the Lady Lions, 58-26. Central Cass, which received votes in the latest State Class B Poll, improved to 7-1 on the season, while Linton-HMB dropped to 6-3 on the year.
Linton- HMB actually held the lead during the first quarter. The Lady Lions took a 6-4 advantage after back-to-back three-pointers by Tiffaney Gerving and McKenna Flyberg, and later held an 8-6 advantage after a basket by Kaidra Larson. However, things would quickly go downhill from there, and they would gradually get worse for the Lady Lions as the game went on. Central Cass put its tremendous height advantage to work, and the Lady Squirrrels used an 8-1 run over the final 3:00 of the quarter to move back into the lead (18-11) for good. Capitalizing on mostly shortrange shots, Central Cass hit 75 percent (9 of 12) of its field goal attempts in the opening period.
A pair of baskets by Hannah Breske to start the second quarter capped a 12-1 run that pushed the margin into double figures (22-11), and Linton-HMB’s only field goal of the period came on Flyberg’s three-pointer with just over 4:00 left in the first half. Shortly after that, Linton-HMB closed within 22-15 on a free throw by Taryn Schlosser, but the Lady Lions went scoreless over the remainder of the period, and Central Cass closed out the half with a 10-0 run to open up a 32-15 cushion at the intermission.
Central Cass hit on 15 of 26 (58%) field goals in the first half, while Linton-HMB shot just 25 percent (5 of 20) from the field in the half. The Lady Lions also committed 11 turnovers in the half, compared to 6 miscues turned in by Central Cass. Breske (15) and Faith Dooley (8) combined for 23 points for Central Cass in the first half, and Flyberg paced Linton-HMB with 6 points.
The cold shooting would get a lot worse for Linton-HMB in the second half, as the Lady Lions hit on just 5 of 33 (15 percent) field goals and misfired on both of their free throw attempts in the half. The Lady Lions played fairly good defense in the second half, but they were unable to put any kind of a dent into the deficit, and Central Cass closed out the third quarter with a 9-2 run to put the game away (45- 21) with one quarter left. Linton-HMB finished just 10 of 53 (19%) from the field and committed 18 turnovers in the game.
Breske scored a gamehigh 19 points, while Dooley tallied 18 points and Abby Cramer added 8 points for the Lady Squirrels. Flyberg led Linton-HMB with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals, while Gerving finished with 8 points and 5 rebounds, and Alex Umber pulled down 5 rebounds for the Lady Lions.
Linton-HMB: McKenna Flyberg 12, Tiffaney Gerving 8, Amber Umber 3, Kaidra Larson 2, Taryn Schlosser 1.
Central Cass: Hannah Breske 19, Faith Dooley 18, Abby Cramer 8, Morgan Titus 3, Dallas Goettle 2, Kirby Camas 2, Sheyenne Weber 2, Ally Tronson 2, Allissa Erickson 2.
3-Pointers: Linton-HMB (4-12): Flyberg 2, Gerving 2, Central Cass (2-9): Cramer 2. Fouled Out: None