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Boys basketball roundup: Ashby continues to dominate behind its defense

The fourth-ranked Arrows are holding opponents to the fewest points per game of any program in Section 6A after two more dominant efforts late last week.

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Ashby senior guard Torin Olson drives to the basket against Parkers Prairie in a game played on Jan. 13, 2022. Olson combined for 22 points in helping the Arrows (13-1) to wins over Rothsay and Battle Lake late last week.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

Class A’s fourth-ranked Ashby boys basketball team won back-to-back games late last week to up its record to 13-1 with a 63-30 win over Rothsay (5-10) on Thursday and a 51-33 win over Battle Lake (5-9) on Friday.

The Arrows’ defense has stymied opponents all year long. Only four teams have scored more than 50 points on them. Ashby is giving up just 42.8 points per game. That’s the best in Section 6A, with Henning (15-1) second defensively allowing 46.8 points per game.

Ashby used that defense to build a 42-14 lead at the half against Rothsay before taking a 26-5 lead into the break against Battle Lake a day later.

“We’ve done a good job at the defensive end from the start,” Ashby head coach John Holsten said.

The Arrows shot 28-of-61 from the field against Rothsay as Jacob Cook led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Torin Olson and Cook both finished with 14 points as Ashby shot 22-of-54 overall against Battle Lake.

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Ashby 63, Rothsay 30

ASHBY - Carson Spangler - 1 rebound, 4 assists, 2 steals; Hunter Norby - 13 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals; Torin Olson - 8 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal; Jacob Cook - 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals; Carter Spangler - 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal; Brodie Ecker - 2 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Mattson Hoff - 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Sam Sorenson - 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists; Levi Bogenrief - 1 rebound, 1 steal; Easton Nelson - 1 rebound; Evan Paulson - 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Ashby 51, Battle Lake 33

ASHBY - Carson Spangler - 2 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; Hunter Norby - 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal; Olson - 14 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal; Cook - 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals; Ecker - 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals; Hoff - 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Sorenson - 1 point, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Lakers fall to JCC at Target Center

The Minnewaska boys basketball team (1-14) faced Jackson County Central at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday and fell by a 68-50 final against the Huskies (8-9).

Senior center Hunter Kostelecky led the Lakers with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Erik Hesebeck had a game-high 22 points for the Huskies, while Roman Voss added 14.

That Saturday game was part of a doubleheader at Target Center for the boys and girls programs. The Jackson County Central girls (11-6) also won their game against Minnewaska (9-8) in a close 75-73 final.

JCC 68, MINNEWASKA 50

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MINNEWASKA TOTALS - FG - 19-50; Three-point FG - 5-25; FT - 7-12; Assists - 10; Blocks - 1; Rebounds - 18; Steals - 10; Turnovers - 16

MINNEWASKA - Tate Reichmann - 7 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound; Ethan Quelle - 9 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Dylan Alexander - 1 rebound, 1 steal; Noah Danielson - 1 assist, 1 steal; Jack Larson - 3 points, 1 rebound; Damon Uhde - 7 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 4 steals; Hunter Kloos - 2 points; Tenzin Dahl - 7 points, 5 rebounds; Andrew Mrnak - 2 points; Hunter Kostelecky - 13 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal; PJ Johnson - 1 assist

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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