Prep Boys Basketball Roundup: Big runs lift Paynesville past YME

Jan. 8—PAYNESVILLE — When Paynesville opened the game with an 8-0 run, Yellow Medicine East was able to claw back and make it a 15-14 game.

It was the Bulldogs' second run that put the Bulldogs over the top.

Paynesville rattled off a 20-0 run to go ahead 35-14. The Bulldogs went on to cruise to a 75-41 win in non-conference boys basketball play Friday at Paynesville High School.

Providing the Bulldogs the biggest push during that run was Blayke Pung. The 6-foot-5 junior had nine of his team-high 15 points in the 20-0 run.

From there, it was Paynesville's balance that made the difference. Grayson Fuchs had 12 points and Chase Bayer added 10 points. Izaak Schultz and Gus Johnson both had eight points. Bennett Evans tallied seven points and nine rebounds in the victory.

Pacing the Sting was junior Archie LaRose with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Preston Berends had nine points, followed by eight from Isaac Jimenez.

Paynesville is host to Eden Valley-Watkins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Renville County West plays YME at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Granite Falls.

Non-Conference

Paynesville 75,

YME 41

YME (2-8) 23 18 — 41

Paynesville (7-5) 42 33 — 75

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST — Scoring: Nikson Knapper 2, Isaac Jimenez 8, DJ Whitebuffalo 4, Archie LaRose 13, Ean Clarke 5, Preston Berends 9 ... 3-point shots: Knapper 1, LaRose 2, Berends 3 ... Rebound leader: LaRose 7 ... Assist leader: LaRose 2, Clarke 2 ... Steal leader: LaRose 2 ... Block leader: LaRose 2

PAYNESVILLE — Scoring: Izaak Schultz 8, Brayden Pung 6, Eli Nelson 7, Gus Johnson 8, Grayson Fuchs 12, Chase Bayer 10, Jackson Walker 2, Bennett Evans 7, Blayke Pung 15 ... 3-point shots: n/a ... Rebound leader: Evans 9 ... Assist leader: E. Nelson 6 ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

NLS 58,

BBE 56

Grant Paffrath's put-back off an offensive rebound just before the horn sounded gave New London-Spicer the victory over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Brooten.

"I think there might have been a lead change every minute of the second half," NLS head coach Skip Wright said. "It was a battle, BBE played very well."

After a missed shot, Paffrath, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, battled for the rebound and made the shot for the win.

"Grant got if off a half-second before the buzzer sounded," Wright said. "(BBE head coach) Chris Anderson has a different view of it than I do. His team played well.

"We got lucky and made the last put-back."

Brycen Christensen had 15 points, six blocks and six assists for NLS..

Kaden Pieper had 20 points and Tanner Shelton added 15 for BBE.

BBE plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Maple Lake. NLS plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

NLS (6-3) 23 35 — 58

BBE (7-3) 29 27 — 56

NEW LONDON-SPICER — Scoring: Andresen 8, Brycen Christensen 15, Peyton Coahran 13, Delzer 6, Gerhardson 6, Grant Paffrath 10 ... 3-point shots: Coahran 3 ... Rebound leader: Paffrath 6 ... Assist leader: Christensen 6, Paffrath 6 ... Steal leader: Delzer 2 ... Block leader: Christensen 6

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA — Scoring: Ashton Dingmann 6, Easton Hagen 4, Kaden Pieper 20, Tanner Shelton 15, Will Van Beck 5, Matthew Walz 5 ... 3-point shots: Pieper 2, Van Beck 1, Walz 1 ... Rebound leader: Pieper 7 ... Assist leader: Shelton 3, Van Beck 3 ... Steal leader: Van Beck 3 ... Block leader: none

LQPV 60,

W/H-N 59

Lac qui Parle Valley improved to 6-5 with the non-conference victory over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross at Madison.

The Warriors fall to 10-2.

LQPV plays Lakeview at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cottonwood.

Central Lakes

Tech 79,

Willmar 56

Donald Ferguson scored 31 points to lead host St. Cloud Tech to the Central Lakes Conference victory over Willmar at Tech.

The Tigers led 50-26 at halftime.

Cade Roelofs had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Blake Schoolmeester added 10 points for the Cardinals.

Garrison Murray had 18 points and Tameron Ferguson 11 for Tech.

Willmar next plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jordan.

Willmar (2-8) 26 28 — 56

St. Cloud Tech (4-4) 50 29 — 79

WILLMAR — Scoring: Cayden Hansen 5, Jacob Streed 9, Maxwell Mobley 2, Cade Roelofs 11, Simon Radermacher 3, Alex Schramm 3, Jackson Sportel 2, Blake Schoolmeester 10, Mattix Swanson 1, Samuel Raitz 8 ... 3-point shots: Hansen 1, Radermacher 1, Schoolmeester 1, Schramm 1 ... Rebound leader: Roelofs 10 ... Assist leader: Streed 4 ... Steal leader: Roelofs 2 ... Block leader: Roelofs, Schoolmeester, Raitz 1

ST. CLOUD TECH — Scoring: Tameron Ferguson 11, Garrison Murray 18, Josh Russell 4, Donald Ferguson 31, Ibraham Abubaker 2, Gavin Fenstad 2, Jayln Simmons 4, Goanar Tap 4, Josh Harris 3 ... 3-point shots: T. Ferguson 1, Murray 3, D. Ferguson 7, Harris 1 ... Rebound leader: Russell and D. Ferguson 4 ... Assist leader: T. Ferguson 5 ... Steal leader: D. Ferguson 3 ... Block leader: Tap 4.

West Central

Melrose 62,

Minnewaska 46

Led by a game-high 26 points from Conner Engelmeyer, Melrose picked up a West Central Conference road win over Minnewaska at Glenwood.

Damon Uhde paced the Lakers with 12 points and five rebounds. Ethan Quelle added 11 points.

Minnewaska plays Albany at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Glenwood.

Melrose (4-6) 30 32 — 62

Minnewaska (1-9) 16 30 — 46

MELROSE — Scoring: Gor Ruey 4, Devin Orbeck 5, Conner Engelmeyer 26, Connor Anderson 10, Carson Meyer 7, Ian Funk 1, Isaac Hoeschen 9 ... 3-point shots: Engelmeyer 4, Meyer 1 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

MINNEWASKA — Scoring: Tate Reichmann 4, Ethan Quelle 11, Alec Larson 3, Damon Uhde 12, Tenzin Dahl 9, Hunter Kostelecky 7 ... 3-point shots: Quelle 1, Larson 1, Dahl 2 ... Rebound leader: Uhde 5 ... Assist leader: Three with 2 ... Steal leader: Quelle 4 ... Block leader: Kostelecky 2

Montevideo 66,

Sauk Centre 62 (OT)

Bradyn Schultz made five straight free throws in overtime to enable Montevideo to secure the victory in overtime at Sauk Centre.

"The guys did a great job tonight of just persevering," Montevideo head coach Derek Webb said. "We're kind of in the middle of a tough stretch in our schedule, but we battled hard. The guys made head-sy, smart plays and we made our free throws to clinch it. It was just a great effort."

Jay Neubert scored 44 points for Sauk Centre, including eight 3-pointers.

Neubert hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 54-54. Montevideo then missed a final shot to win it. Kaden Boike launched a 3-pointer on the right wing that was off. The Thunder Hawks scrambled for the offensive rebound, got it, but couldn't get off another shot before the horn.

Montevideo is host to Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Montevideo (5-3) 25 29 12— 66

Sauk Centre (8-2) 25 29 8 — 62

MONTEVIDEO — Scoring: Mason Jerve 24, Bradyn Schultz 15, Kaden Boike 11, Andrew Van Binsbergen 9, Hunter Strand 5, Justin Collins 2 ... 3-point shots: Boike 2, Van Binsbergen 2, Strand 1 ... Rebound leader: Schultz 10, Van Binsbergen 7, Strand 7, Jerve 6 ... Assist leader: Schultz 4, Boike 3 ... Steal leader: Schultz 2 ... Block leader: none

SAUK CENTRE — Scoring: Jay Neubert 44, Macoy Thiesen 8, Ethan Riley 6, Matthew Warring 4 ... 3-point shots: Neubert 8, Thiesen 1, Riley 2 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

CAL

CCS 57,

Immanuel Lutheran 45

Community Christian School of Willmar moved to (4-3) after beating Immanuel Lutheran of Mankato for a Christian Athletic League win at Willmar.

Will Chapin and Jonathan Reid both finished with 20 points for the Eagles. Reid added nine rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals while Chapin tacked on six rebounds and three assists. Mark Arnold chipped in with 10 points.

Immanuel Lutheran 22 23 — 45

CCS 27 30 — 57

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN — Stats not available

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN — Scoring: Will Chapin 20, Jonathan Reid 20, Mark Arnold 10, Ben Reinertson 3, Gavin Mulder 2, Micah Lindgren 2 ... 3-point shots: Chapin 2, Reid 1, Arnold 2 ... Rebound leader: Reinertson 10, Mulder 10, Reid 9 ... Assist leader: Chapin 3, Reid 3, Mulder 3 ... Steal leader: Reid 2 ... Block leader: Mulder 2