BLUE EARTH - The Martin County West Mavericks boys basketball team won its third game in four days, defeating Blue Earth Area 67-46 in nonconference action on Monday night in Blue Earth.
"We could use some practice. We played Thursday, Friday and today, so I hope it doesn't show tonight," Martin County West head coach Cliff Anderson said before the game.
Kyle Brolsma and Austin Krumwiede each scored 10 points in the first half to pace the Mavericks to a 43-23 halftime lead, showing no signs of a lack of practice.
ELEVATION — Martin County West’s Austin Krumwiede (23) elevates to grab a carom as Blue Earth Area’s Luke Monson (25) tries to tip away the basketball Monday night in Blue Earth. The Bucs’ Derek Johnson (11) and Colin Squiers (43), along with the Mavericks’ Kyle Brolsma, look on. Photo by Leanna Becker
Brandyn Olsen was the first to light up the scoreboard by sinking a 3-pointer from the wing to take the early 3-0 lead for the Bucs.
Krumwiede then spun inside the lane for a quick two and a foul sent him to the charity stripe for the 3-point play to tie the game.
Luke Monson then scored three of his game-high 18 points from the top of the key to take the Bucs' second lead in the opening minutes.
Faber sank a 3 on the ensuing Maverick possession to tie the game again, and the visiting offense caught fire from there.
The Mavericks went on a 17-4 run for the next eight minutes, with the help of their zone defense and half-court trap.
"I thought our intensity in the first half was really good. We had balanced scoring and did what we needed to do," said Anderson.
Krumwiede scored 10 of his team-leading 15 points in the first half and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Mavericks in the game.
Brolsma contributed six of his eight rebounds and went 5-for-7 in his first-half offensive effort, on the way to a 12-point performance.
Cordell Weber added to MCW's balanced attack with 11 points.
Monson tallied 10 of his 18 points in the second half, giving the Bucs an offensive spark.
"I thought we did a good job on Monson tonight on defense, then I saw he had 18 points. He's a horse for them and played well," said Anderson.
For the Bucs, baskets were hard to come by, making just 17 of 57 shots from the floor, including 4-for-15 from behind the arc. Martin County West, conversely, shot 48 percent from the floor, sinking 28 of 58 shots.
The Mavericks also were nearly perfect from the free throw line, making 6 of 7 shots.
Blue Earth Area (3-3, 1-1 South Central) hosts Medford in a 7:30 p.m. game tonight in Blue Earth.
Martin County West (9-2, 5-1 Valley) hosts Mankato Loyola in a 7:30 p.m. conference game on Friday in Sherburn.
Truman/Martin Luther 51, Nicollet 32 - Junior Sam Geistfeld recorded a double-double performance of 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the BluejayKnights to a 51-32 Valley Conference victory over the Raiders on Monday in Nicollet.
Cade Ekstrom added 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals to the winning effort for the BluejayKnights.
Jay Hendrycks and Matt Christianson each tallied 13 points for the Raiders to lead a 13-for-49 shooting effort.
Truman/Martin Luther (5-6, 1-3 Valley) travels to Alden for a 7:30 p.m. conference game against Alden-Conger on Friday.