Mavericks knock off Knights, 58-47

HACKED — Martin County West’s Wyatt Geistfeld (23) gets fouled by Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial’s Landon Lantz (left) during his drive to the basket during Valley Conference action Friday night in Trimont. The Knights’ Evan Bergemann looks on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

TRIMONT — The Martin County West Mavericks certainly made the most of its week. After beating St. James on Tuesday, the Mavericks used a 38-point second half to beat the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights, 58-47, during Valley Conference basketball action on Friday night.

The Mavericks fell behind 15-6 midway through the first half. Mavericks sophomore forward Wyatt Geistfeld passed out to senior guard Kooper Janssen for the open 3 with 8:34 to go before the half to end the team’s nearly 5-minute scoring drought.

Junior guard Dawson Weber then nailed two free throws before Geistfeld notched three of his team-leading 15 points to bring the Mavericks within one at 15-14.

The Knights were able to salvage a 22-20 lead going into the break.

The Mavericks took control early as senior center Logan Ebeling put in a layup in the low post 43 seconds into the half. Senior forward Cole Owens then used assists from Geistfeld and Weber for four points to get the Mavericks a lead it would keep for the remainder of the game.

The Mavericks outscored the Knights, 15-5, to get a 52-38 lead with less than three minutes left in the contest. Cam Dressen scored five of his nine points during the frame, while Owens and Geistfeld combined for six points.

With 1:59 remaining, Geistfeld went to the line and made two shots before joining forces with Dressen to trap on defense, forcing a Knights turnover. Dressen came away with the ball and fastbreak layup for the Mavericks’ largest lead of the night, 56-40.

“I thought that was a turning point there with our little trap (defense),” Mavericks head coach Cliff Anderson said about his team, which forced 10 turnovers in the half.

The Mavericks also improved their shooting, going from making 5 of 22 in the first half to 15 of 30 in the second.

“We just took better shots in the second half and made some, and then your energy level goes up,” Anderson said. “When you’re making shots, your defense is better, so it was good finding a better second half for us tonight.”

Knights junior guard Gatwech Jal made five 3-pointers for a game-leading 19 points, and Bergemann chipped in 11 points. Wiens crashed the boards for seven rebounds, partnered with nine points before fouling out at the 2:49 mark of the final frame.

Owens led the Mavericks with 14 rebounds in addition to his 12 points for a double-double, while Geistfeld ended the night with a game-high six steals and four assists along with his 15 points and four rebounds.

Ebeling was the Mavericks’ third double-digit scorer, recording 10 points in the contest.

“We think we’re playing pretty well right now, but we’ll find out because on Tuesday, we’ll go to one of the top teams in our section in Pipestone. So, we’ll find out where we are in the herd,” Anderson said.

Martin County West (2-2) and Pipestone Area (2-2) are set for a 7:30 p.m. start Tuesday in Pipestone.

MCW (58)

Wyatt Geistfeld 4-10 7-8 15, Cole Owens 5-13 2-2 12, Logan Ebeling 5-11 0-0 10, Cam Dressen 3-4 2-2 9, Nick Beseke 1-4 0-0 3, Kooper Janssen 1-2 0-0 3, Dawson Weber 0-3 2-2 2, Matt Holm 1-2 0-0 2, Noah Ringnell 0-2 2-2 2, Colby Williamson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 15-16 58.

LCWM (47)

Gatwech Jal 7-10 0-0 19, Evan Bergemann 5-6 3-3 11, Garret Wiens 3-4 2-5 9, Jake Ebargary 1-9 2-2 4, Ben Graupman 1-7 0-5 2, Landon Lantz 0-3 2-2 2, James Sullivan 0-1 0-0 0, Kyle Jones 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-42 9-12 47.

3-pointers: LCWM 6-23 (Jal 5-6, Wiens 1-2, Sullivan 0-1, Jones 0-2, Graupman 0-5, Ebargary 0-7); MCW 3-14 (Janssen 1-1, Dressen 1-2, Beseke 1-4, Holm 0-1 Weber 0-2, Owens 0-4). Fouled out: Wiens. Rebounds: MCW 30 (Owens 14); LCWM 25 (Wiens and Bergemann 7 each). Assists: MCW 9 (Geistfeld 4); LCWM 7. Steals: MCW 10 (Geistfeld 6); LCWM 6.