Chargers outlast CHS
NEW ULM – Basketball is a game of runs.
Tuesday night, both the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers and the Greyhounds of New Ulm Cathedral were each able to piece together scoring spurts for their respective teams.
But in the end, the Chargers used a late 7-0 run to come away with a 66-50 win over the Greyhounds in a Tomahawk Conference boy’s basketball contest.
Jacob Hoffman led the Chargers (5-8, 4-3) with a game-high 25 points. Nick Dewanz came off of the bench to add 19 points.
Jack Schwartz led Cathedral (4-9, 2-5) with 16 points. Jacob Gangelhoff ended with 14.
“Our kids played hard tonight and we met our defensive goals,” MVL head coach Craig Morgan said. “We were looking at our lineup and thought let’s give Jacob [Hoffman] an opportunity. Not that the other guys are doing anything wrong but Jacob has been playing hard.”
It paid off as Hoffman put together 13 of the first 26 MVL points and was aided by the 6-foot 5 Dewanz, who came off of the bench to add six points in that same span, with the majority of those coming on second, third and sometimes fourth chances.
“We just got out-rebounded in that first half,” Greyhounds’ coach Alan Woitas said. “We were out-rebounded by 20 in that first half and that led to a lot of second chances. They came out very aggressive – they wanted it more than we did in that first half.”
MVL built a 8-2 lead and saw that lead swell to 16-9 with Dewanz powering inside.
“He struggled making shots but he had seven or eight offensive rebounds in that first half,” Woitas said. “If he is not making shots, three of those rebounds led to kick-out jump shots to their guards. He beat us up on the glass tonight.”
Cathedral managed to slice the lead to 23-17 on two Schwartz free throws. But MVL ran off the next 10 points for a 33-17 lead and carried a 38-21 lead into halftime.
“We only scored 21 points in that first half but we had probably five or six layups that did not fall,” Woitas said. “We are not a high-powered offense. We have a lot of younger kids that are finding their role on the offensive end.”
The Chargers, who led from start to finish in the game, increased their lead to 52-35 on a Josh Koelpin basket before the Greyhounds began a run of their own.
A conventional three-point play from Schwartz followed by a Schwartz 3-pointer and a conventional three-point play from Gangelhoff inched the Greyhounds closer at 56-47 with just over five minutes left in the game.
“We threw the ball away – we got antsy and thought that guys were open,” Morgan said.
But the duo of Dewanz and Hoffman answered with baskets for a 63-47 lead with 2:41 left in the game.
Despite the loss, Woitas saw a bright spots from his team.
“We were able to score 29 points in the second half,” he said. “If we can do that we can stay in a lot of games.”