B.E. Area, Kokos sink 3s, MCW boys; JCC girls hoopsters edge Mavericks
BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area senior sharpshooter Abram Kokos and his Buc teammates poured in a baker’s dozen 3-pointers to hold off the Martin County West Mavericks’ second-half comeback bid on Thursday night in Blue Earth.
The 6-foot-4 Kokos nailed eight trifectas, including six during the opening half, to pace a co-game-best 25-point performance to steer Blue Earth Area to a 63-58 nonconference victory over Martin County West.
The Bucs built a 30-24 halftime lead before the Mavericks outscored the home team by a narrow 34-33 margin during the second segment.
Freshman Will Bromeland scored 18 points by connecting on 7 of 10 field goals, including three 3-pointers, to complement grabbing six rebounds and doling out three assists for Blue Earth Area.
Austin Skaden hit a pair of treys to help pace his 12-point performance for the Bucs, teammates Max Loge and Gage Barker distributed four assists each, while Kokos added five rebounds.
The Bucs sizzled from the floor by making 10 of 13 shots from 2-point range for 77 percent, sank 13 of 35 attempts from 3-point distance for 37 percent and added 4 of 8 free throws on the game.
Mitchell Weber delivered a co-game-best 25 points on the strength of four 3-pointers to top the Mavericks’ effort. Weber also garnered eight rebounds, pocketed a game-high seven steals and dished out four assists.
Zach Anderson generated 21 points, five rebounds and three assists for Martin County West, Harrison Rathmann also hauled in five boards, while Jamesson Forsberg made three steals.
The Mavericks made 19 of 33 shots from 2-point distance, 4 of 17 behind the bonus arc and 8 of 17 at the charity stripe.
Blue Earth Area (3-0) plays host to United South Central on Tuesday night in another nonconference game in Blue Earth.
Martin County West (1-3) travels to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Monday night for a Valley Conference contest.
Jackson County Central 64, Martin County West 59 — Maci Farmer sank 13 of 16 free throws en route to producing a game-leading 32 points to help the Huskies stave off the Mavericks’ late comeback on Thursday night during non-league basketball action in Trimont.
Jackson County Central stormed out to a 35-28 lead by intermission before Martin County West rallied to outscore the visiting Huskies during the final 18 minutes by a 31-29 margin.
Farmer also connected for three 3-pointers, while teammate Rylie Cother poured in 21 points for JCC, which made 19 of 26 free throws on the night.
Emily Anderson delivered three 3-pointers to highlight her 24-point performance in topping the Mavericks’ offensive statistical charts. Anderson neared double-double territory by grabbing nine rebounds to go with five steals.
Thea Anderson scored 10 points for MCW, while Ella Carlson generated eight points and eight rebounds on the game.
Kari Matejka and Avery Sanders added seven and six points, respectively, for the Mavericks, who made 21 of 44 shots from 2-point range and 4 of 12 behind the bonus arc.
Martin County West (1-2) travels to Northrop on Tuesday night to face Granada-Huntley-East Chain/ Truman/Martin Luther in a Valley Conference game.
Jackson County Central (3-1) plays host to Luverne on Tuesday night in a Big South Conference clash in Jackson.