Lions roll past South Border to clinch first round bye in district tournament
Linton-HMB opened up a double-digit lead by halftime, and then cruised in the second half for a 70-47 victory over South Border in Linton on Jan. 24. The Lions, who improved to 12-4 overall, clinched a first-round bye in the District 6 Tournament after improving to 7-1 in the district. South Border, meanwhile, dropped to 4-4 in the district and 6-8 overall with the loss.
Linton-HMB scored the first 7 points of the game and never lost the lead again. South Border misfired on its first seven field goal attempts and couldn’t get on the board until Hunter Pinke put in a short-range field goal at the 4:20 mark, but that started an 8-2 run by the Mustangs, and Adam Jacobson’s basket cut the lead to 9-8 with 1:13 left in the first quarter. In the meantime, Lion center Mason Ryckman went to the bench with his second foul, and he would sit for the rest of the half, but the Lion reserves would step up nicely the entire game.
Jumpers by Austin Bernhardt and Travis Baumiller late in the period extended the lead to 13-8, and the Lions scored the first 5 points of the second quarter to open up a double-digit (18-8) advantage.After Pinke put in a field goal for South Border, Linton-HMB ripped off 6 unanswered points to cap a 15-2 run, and Andrew Small’s basket increased the lead to 24-10 with 5:48 left in the half. The Lions held at least a 12-point lead the rest of the half, and Pinke along with teammate Daniel Sayler, picked up their third fouls late in the period. Tyler Humann’s three-pointer with just over 2:00 left gave Linton-HMB its largest lead (35-19) of the half, and the Lions took a 37-23 cushion to the intermission.
Linton-HMB shot just 45 percent (13 of 29) from the field, but the Lions hit 5 threepointers, and also sank 6 of 8 free throws (all in the second period) in the half. South Border hit on 10 of 25 (40%) field goals with one 3-pointer, and hit on just 2 of 4 free throws in the half. Jon Purintun came off the bench and led all first-half scorers with 10 points (all in the second quarter), while Ryan Schneider and Humann netted 8 and 6 points, respectively, in a balanced scoring attack for Linton-HMB. Pinke paced South Border’s first-half scoring with 8 points.
Both teams got off to a slow start offensively in the second half, and Michael Jacobson’s three-pointer cut the lead to 39-26 with 5:40 left in the third quarter. However, that would be as close as the Mustangs would get the rest of the way, and baskets by Travis Baumiller, Humann and Schneider over the next 1:30 pushed the lead up to 45-26. Linton-HMB closed out the period with a 12-2 run, and Purintun went on a personal 7-0 run over the last 1:10 of the quarter, including 5 straight free throws (3 on a three-point attempt foul and 2 on a technical foul) to give the Lions an insurmountable, 57-32 advantage with one quarter left.
South Border would get no closer than the final margin (23 pts.), and Linton-HMB took its biggest lead (68-40) of the game after a threepointer by Small, and a pair of free throws by Humann before calling on the reserves to finish out with 3:30 left.
Linton-HMB hit on just 23 of 51 (45%) field goals, but the Lions connected on 6 of 10 three-pointers and 18 of 22 (82%) free throws. South Border hit on just 21 of 54 (39%) field goals, including just 3 of 11 shots from behind the arc, and the Mustangs were just 2 of 7 (29%) from the free throw line, while committing 20 costly turnovers.
Purintun hit 11 of 12 free throws on his way to a gamehigh 19 points, and Humann netted 15 points, 3 assists and 3 steals for Linton-HMB. Schneider (8 rebounds), Small and Bernhardt (3 rebounds, 2 assists) each scored 8 points, and Ryckman (game-high 12 rebounds) and Baumiller (3 assists) scored 6 points apiece for the Lions. Michael Jacobson led South Border with 13 points, and Pinke chipped in 10 points for the Mustangs.
South Border: Michael Jacobson 13, Hunter Pinke 10, Matt Kretschmar 5, Adam Wishek 5, Adam Jacobson 4, Ross Knoll 2, Michael Rueb 2, Daniel Sayler 2, Zach Fischer 2, Cameron Schulz 2.
Linton-HMB: Jon Purintun 19, Tyler Humann 15, Ryan Schneider 10, Andrew Small 8, Travis Baumiller 6, Austin Bernhardt 6, Mason Ryckman 6.
3-Pointers: South Border (3-11): M. Jacobson, Kretschmar 1, Wishek 1, Linton-HMB (6-14): Purintun 2, Humann 2, Small 2. Fouled Out: None.