Boys' basketball: Ashby opens with pair of winsThe Arrows topped Barnesville, Verndale
By: Eric Morken, Alexandria Echo Press
The Ashby boys’ basketball team showed it has the depth and talent to dig itself out of some early holes on Tuesday night.
The Arrows trailed by 16 points at the half before storming back to take a 71-66 win over Barnesville in overtime. The Trojans’ Ethan Ishaug hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into the extra session. Ashby took over from there, getting five points from Tanner Langlie and hitting 9-of-11 free throws as a team to put the game away.
“I honestly couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” head coach Jeremy Knick said. “They came out flat in the first half and dug themselves into a hole, but in the second half everyone came out and settled in defensively and communicated and got deflections and loose balls. On offense, they started to attack and get better looks and second opportunities.”
The Arrows’ depth showed again as three players finished in double figures. J.P. Moe was the catalyst with 25 points and five rebounds. He shot 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Blake Ohren added 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots, while Langlie finished with 13 points, eight boards and five steals.
“They fought and clawed their way back into this game and they were rewarded for their efforts,” Knick said. “This was a great team victory and a fun game to be a part of.”
The Arrows moved to 2-0 with the win and were trying to make it 3-0 last night against New York Mills. They will welcome in Osakis next Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
ASHBY 18 40 13 – 71
BARNESVILLE 34 24 8 – 66
ASHBY – Moe – 25 points, 5 rebounds; Ohren – 22 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks; Langlie – 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals; Dylan Barry – 3 points, 3 steals; Gage Olson – 2 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists; Morgan Wing – 2 points, 3 rebounds; Jeff Berglund – 2 points; Allard LaRue – 2 points
BARNESVILLE SCORING LEADERS – Austin Martz – 19; Michael Strand – 15; Tracy Jerald – 10
Ashby 73, Verndale 61
The Ashby boys’ basketball team got contributions from all over the court as the Arrows won their season opener 73-61 over Verndale last Friday night.
The Arrows jumped out to a 45-27 lead at the break and held off a Pirates’ run to secure the win. Almost everybody got into the act for Ashby as five players finished with at least nine points.
“I thought this was a total team effort tonight,” head coach Jeremy Knick said. “Everyone made solid contributions to tonight’s win, and I was happy with our effort. Dylan Barry, Tanner Langlie and Blake Ohren really got things started for us in the first half, and I thought Morgan Wing gave some quality minutes. In the second half, J.P. Moe stepped up, scoring 11 of his 16 and Gage Olson played a solid all-around game.”
Ohren led the way with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Moe added three assists and two steals to his 16 points. Langlie finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Barry and Olson each added nine points apiece.
“Offensively, you can’t ask for much better than 73 points,” Knick said. “But I think we could have done a little more on the defensive end to put this game away earlier.”
The Arrows had two more games on the schedule this week. They were at Barnesville last night, Tuesday, before welcoming in New York Mills on Thursday night.
ASHBY 45 28 – 73
VERNDALE 27 34 – 61
ASHBY – Ohren – 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists; Moe – 16 points, 3 assists, 2 steals; Langlie – 11 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks; Barry – 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks; Olson – 9 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists; Wing – 3 points; Allard LaRue – 3 points; Jeff Berglund – 2 points
VERNDALE SCORING – Dallas Ehrmantraut – 20; Marcos Gomez – 11; Josh Gilb – 11; James Kveton – 11
ARROWS HAVE VETERAN ROSTER
After finishing 21-4 overall last season and claiming the Little Eight Conference runner-up title, the Ashby Arrows will be looking to fill holes left by some very powerful graduates.
Gone are Riley Mickelson, Jon Quernemoen, Mason Johnson and Jason Odens, all key contributors. Mickelson set the Ashby career scoring record last season and was one of four players to average double figures in scoring.
The Arrows do return Little Eight All-Conference players seniors Tanner Langlie, forward, and J.P. Moe, point guard, as well as junior Blake Ohren, guard.
Senior Dylan Barry, a guard/forward, is also returning for the team.
“We have a lot to build on from last season,” said head coach Jeremy Knick. “We have a lot of players returning with varsity experience and a lot of new and young guys who are ready to prove themselves.
“We are definitely smaller this year with Riley Mickelson graduating, so we are going to have to pick up the slack in the rebounding department.
“I still think we have plenty of guys who can make plays and score,” Knick said. “It is going to be fun to see who steps up and watch this team getter better every game.”
ASHBY BOYS’ BASKETBALL
SENIORS – J.P. Moe, point guard; Tanner Langlie, forward; Dylan Barry, guard/forward; Allard LaRue, guard.
JUNIORS – Blake Ohren, guard; Gage Olson, forward; Morgan Wing, guard; Jeff Berglund, forward.
SOPHOMORE – Zach Barry, guard.
FRESHMAN – Evan Anderson, guard.