SHERBURN - As the Mavericks boys basketball team was warming up for its Valley Conference game against Madelia on Friday night in Sherburn, Maverick head coach Cliff Anderson was just hoping for some offense.
"We've been playing well lately, we just haven't been able to get the shots to fall and put the ball in the basket. Hopefully, we can do that tonight," said Anderson.
Once the game got going, however, it was clear that Martin County West would have no problem with scoring en route to a 73-31 victory over the Blackhawks.
TIGHT DEFENSE — Martin County West’s David Nelson (right) closely guards Madelia’s Jack Bergeman during Valley Conference basketball action Friday night in Sherburn. Photo by Leanna Becker
Austin Krumwiede and Cordell Weber led the Mavericks multi-dimensional offensive attack, with Krumwiede netting a team-leading 15 points along with eight rebounds, while Weber generated 13 points from outside the lane.
Kyle Brolsma made a trio of turnaround baskets in the lane for six of his 12 points, along with grabbing four boards for the Mavericks early in the opening half.
While the Maverick offense found the basket early and often on a 17-0 scoring run that spanned the first 7:30 of play, Madelia was only able to find the hoop for eight points in the opening half.
"We certainly were able to score tonight," said Anderson. "I thought it was a good all-around win for us and a good team win, with most of the guys getting to play."
Madelia junior Jack Bergeman, who scored a game-leading 11 points, finally was able to snap the Mavericks' streak, driving in from the wing for the layup at 10:15 in the first half.
The Mavericks made 17 of their 29 shots in the first half and went 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
Weber, Brolsma and Krumwiede lit up the scoreboard in the first half, making 4 of 9, 4 of 7 and 4 of 5 from the floor for 11, eight and nine points, respectively.
Madelia battled against the Mavericks' man-to-man defense, but made just 2 of 18 shots from the floor in the opening half and 3 of 5 from the charity stripe.
"I thought we played great team defense tonight, and we outrebounded them. I'm proud of the guys for that," said Anderson.
Mitch Sitzmann proved a critical part to the defense, picking Bergeman's pocket and speeding down the court for the easy lay-in to make it 33-6 with 3 minutes remaining in the opening half.
Martin County West got some additional first-half offense from senior Dylan Paulson, who went 3-for-3 in the first 18 minutes, scoring six of his 11 points in the game.
In the second half, the Blackhawks created more offensive opportunities.
Bergeman hit a 3 right out of halftime to give Madelia a boost of energy.
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, the Maverick offense didn't cool off.
Martin County West finished 32 of 58 from the floor and made 8 of 10 from the free throw line.
Madelia, who was led by Bergeman's 3 of 15 shooting from the floor, finished 10 of 47 as a team.
Martin County West (15-3, 10-1 Valley) plays host to St. James in a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game on Thursday in Sherburn.
Madelia (2-13, 1-8 Valley) hosts Cleveland in a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game next Friday in Madelia.
Truman/Martin Luther 80, Cleveland 51 - Jeremy Smith sank 6 of 6 shots from behind the arc in the second half en route to scoring a career-high 27 points to help lead the BluejayKnights past the Clippers 80-51 in nonconference action on Friday in Truman.
Smith made 7 of 8 from 3-point range in the game, along with nabbing five reboiunds to lead TML.
Sam Geistfeld added 17 points and nine boards, while Cade Ekstrom tallied 13 points and five boards for the BluejayKnights.
DaMarko Thomas recorded a double-double performance of 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
The BluejayKnights made 31 of 50 shots from the floor and went 7-for-11 from the free throw line.
Tommy Kraft scored 14 points for the Clippers, who made 22 of 64 shots in the game, making 22 of 64 from the charity stripe.
Truman/Martin Luther (10-8, 5-4 Valley) travels to Armstrong for 7:30 p.m. nonconference game against North Union on Thursday.
West Bend-Mallard 50, North Union 34 - The Wolverines held the Warriors to just 23 points in the second half to earn the 50-34 Corn Belt Conference victory on Friday in West Bend, Iowa.
Shane Mills scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Warriors, while Jacob Braddock netted seven points and pulled down four boards.
Colin Runksmeier scored five points and grabbed three caroms, and Aric Runge generated six points, four rebounds and four assists for North Union.
Kaleb Olson added four points for the Warriors, who shot 13 of 28 from inside the arc and made just 2 of 15 from downtown.
North Union (4-16, 4-6 Corn Belt) hosts Lake Mills in a 7:30 p.m. nonleague game on Tuesday night in Armstrong.
North Union 38, West Bend-Mallard 27 - Cheyanne Boland scored 12 points to engineer the Warriors' 11-point Corn Belt Conference triumph over the Wolverines on Friday night in West Bend, Iowa.
Madison Bollig supplied eight points to North Union's winning ways, Aurora Oliver netted six points, while Dena Looft pulled down six rebounds.
Jasmine Clausen and Sarah Rolling each garnered five boards, while Peyton Oleson added two steals and two assists.
The Warriors made 8 of 31 shots from 2-point range, 2 of 10 from behind the 3-point arc and 16 of 26 at the free throw line.
North Union (12-7, 8-2 CBC) travels to Humboldt, Iowa, on Monday night.
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