Jaguars tame Wolverines, 57-47
GRANADA — A late surge lifted the Jaguars.
The Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars beat the Glenville-Emmons Wolverines 57-47 in the opening round of the Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Madelia tournament in Granada on Friday night.
The Jaguars entered the final 11 minutes of action down 37-29 but their press defense led to timely steals and a 10-2 run to tie the game at 39 with 7:08 remaining.
In the run, the Jaguars’ Paxton Gravlin, Carter Spear, Cael Jaskulke, Isaac Johnson and Matt Heckman all scored, while Owen Wolter had two steals and two assists, Johnson had a steal and Jaskulke stole a Wolverine pass and turned it into an assist.
The Jaguars won the final seven minutes 18-8, while spreading the ball around and splitting points.
Gravlin ended the contest with a game-leading 23 points, while Johnson had 13. Gravlin came close to a double-double, finishing with nine rebounds, which also led the game.
The Jaguars stifling defense led to 15 steals, including a game-leading four from Wolter.
Jaguars’ head coach Adam Walker said his team didn’t start as well as he would have liked, but their second half performance was strong.
“Very slow start,” Walker said. “But we came back strong. We had a lot of young guys come up big in key roles. Once we put a lot more pressure on their offense with the full-court press, that helped us so much in getting in a rhythm. We had a ton of steals.
“Early on, we had a ton of nervous guys I think and we couldn’t finish inside. In the second half, we did that.”
Two of the young players who played important role in the Jaguars’ win were sophomore and freshman brothers Matt and Adam Heckman.
Matt Heckman scored six second-half points and collected four rebounds, while dishing out two assists and stealing two Wolverine passes. Adam Heckman scored eight points, while knocking down five Wolverine shots, which led the game.
In the second half, the Jaguars switched out of their man defense into a full-court press. Walker said he decided to put on the full-court press because he felt the pressure would create turnovers.
“We just had to change things up,” Walker said. “We were in a half-court man, I know they had some point guard ball-handling issues, so we put some pressure on them to get them a little flustered and make them throw the ball away and that’s pretty much exactly what happened.”
The press worked, for the Wolverines turned the ball over 12 times.
Junior guard Dawson Dahlum led the Wolverines with 17 points, including 14 in the first half to help Glenville-Emmons go into halftime with a 24-23 lead. Along with Dahlum, senior forward Bret Belshan scored 12 points to reach double digits.
Sophomore forward Colin Oeltjenbruns led the Wolverines in the first half with four rebounds, while Kaden Ellingson ended the game with six for the team lead.
Walker said he was impressed with the performance of multiple players in the Jaguars’ opening matchup.
“I thought for as slow of a start as Matt (Heckman) and Adam (Heckman) got, they picked it up big time in the second half,” Walker said. “Paxton (Gravlin) and Isaac (Johnson), senior leaders, they came up big down the stretch. Paxton made some big passes, Isaac got aggressive and didn’t hang around the three-point line all game.
“Just a good group effort. None of these guys have played together before the past week and a half in practice, it was good to see.”
The Jaguars (1-0) move on to the second round of the Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Madelia tournament to face Madelia, which beat The Hope Academy 67-52 in the early game Friday night.
Game 2 was originally scheduled for today, but has been postponed to an undetirmined date. With Game 2 moved, the Jaguars next game is against Jackson County Central on Thursday in Truman.
Glenville-Emmons (0-1) faces LeRoy-Ostrander on the road Tuesday.
Between the two games, members of the Granada-Huntley-East Chain Mustangs’ 2009 undefeated state championship team were honored. Multiple players stood at mid court as Mustang head coach Robbin Celander spoke to the impact the success of that team had on the community.
G-E 24 23 — 47
TMG 23 34 — 57
Dawson Dahlum 6-15 2-4 17, Colin Oeltjenbruns 3-10 1-2 9, Bret Belshan 5-6 1-1 12, Kyler Quimby 3-5 1-2 7, Dylan Gerber 0-0 2-3 2, Dillon Jacobsen 0-4 0-0 0, Kaden Ellingson 0-2 0-0 0.
Paxton Gravlin 9-13 5-6 23, Isaac Johnson 5-11 2-5 13, Adam Heckman 4-5 0-3 8, Matt Heckman 3-8 0-0 6, Owen Wolter 2-8 0-0 5, Cael Jaskulke 1-4 0-1 2, Cayden Fischer 0-4 0-0 0, Carter Spear 0-4 0-0 0.
3-pointers: GE 5-15 (Dahlum 3-6, Oeltjenbruns 2-6, Jacobsen 0-2, Belshan 1-1, Ellingson 0-1) TMLGHEC: 2-17(Johnson 1-6, Spear 0-2, Fischer 0-1, Wolter 1-5, M. Heckman 0-1, Bowers 0-2). Fouled out: Belshan, Gerber. Rebounds: GE 22 (Dahlum 3, Oeltjenbruns 5, Belshan 4, Gerber 3, Ellingson 6, Quimby 1). TMLGHEC 26 (Johnson 3, Spear 1, Fischer 1, Gravlin 9, Wolter 1, M. Heckman 5, Jaskulke 6, A. Heckman 1). Assists: GE 7 (Dahlum 1, Oeltjenbruns 2, Gerber 1, Ellingson 3). TMLGHEC 13 (Spear 2, Gravlin 2, Wolter 4, M. Heckman 2, Jaskulke 2, Bowers 1). Steals: GE 9 (Oeltjenbruns 3, Jacobsen 1, Belshan 2, Gerber 2, Ellingson 1). TMLGHEC 15 (Johnson 3, Spear 2, Fischer 1, Wolter 4, M. Heckman 2, Jaskulke 1, A. Heckman 1, Bowers 1).
Blue Earth Area 66, Maple River 50 — Cameron Anderson, Carter Bell and Austin Thielfoldt combined to equal the hometown Eagles’ point total to power the Bucs to a 16-point nonconference victory on Friday night in Mapleton.
Bell produced 17 points and doled out three assists, Anderson tallied 17 points, while Thielfoldt collected 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals for Blue Earth Area.
Caelan Sanders contributed eight points and four steals to the Bucs’ season-opening win, while teammate Grant Strukel distributed a game-best seven assists.
Blue Earth Area built a 35-23 halftime advantage and never trailed for the duration of the contest.
Mason Sohre netted 19 points to top Maple River, while teammate Lucas Doering supplied 13 points.
Blue Earth Area (1-0) travels to Lake Crystal on Monday night for another non-league game.
B.E. Area 35-31–66
Maple River 23-27–50