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Big second half propels Rebels past Pirates

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Tate Benning pumped in 25 points and Logan Riedel added 20 Tuesday as Eagle Valley came up with a big second half in trouncing Verndale 75-53.

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Dallas Ehrmantraut and Travis Lollar answered for the Pirates with 19 and 10 points respectively. The Pirates shot a cool 35 percent from the field and made just five of their 26 three point shots for 19 percent.

Halftime found the Pirates on top 32-30 but the Rebels caught fire in the second half and out-scored their guests 45-21. Eagle Valley went on a 24-4 run over the final six minutes of the game to ice the win.

"Our inexperience is not allowing us to finish games and our losses are piling up because of it," Verndale Head Coach Jordan Hinkle said. "The kids are playing extremely hard. They just need to continually develop the mental game of basketball."

Lollar and Christian Siedschlaw combined for 12 rebounds in the loss.

The Rebels are 13-6 on the season while the Pirates are 6-13.

VERNDALE (53)

C. Siedschlaw 6, M. Gomez 6, D. Ehrmantraut 19, J. Gilb 5, T. Lollar 10, A. Denny 7. Totals: 18/5 2-2 53

EAGLE VALLEY (75)

L. Riedel 20, T. Oftedahl 8, T. Bailey 6, T. Benning 25, L. Mock 8, N. Zimmer 8. Totals: 24/5 12-18 75

Verndale 32 21 -- 53

Eagle Valley 30 45 -- 75

Verndale 69,

New York Mills 49

Josh Gilb pumped in a season-high 21 points and Aaron Denny recorded a double-double Friday as the Pirates routed the Eagles with a big second half.

The Eagles led 26-25 after the first half of play but the Pirates dominated the second half 44-23.

Denny canned 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pirates while Dallas Ehrmantraut and Marcos Gomez gave Verndale 14 and 10 points respectively.

Adam Snelgrove was high point man for the Eagles with 19 points. Damon Tumberg and Charlie Peeters combined for 24 points. The Eagles made just eight of their 24 two-point shots but canned nine of their 16 treys for a robust 56 percent.

The Pirates controlled the boards 44-29. Gilb, who was credited with playing a strong inside game for the Pirates, pulled down nine rebounds.

The victory gave the Pirates a 6-12 record overall and a 4-6 mark in Park Region Conference play.

VERNDALE (69)

M. Gomez 10, D. Ehrmantraut 14, J. Gilb 21, J. Kveton 6, T. Lollar 2, A. Denny 16. Totals: 21/5 12-18 69

NEW YORK MILLS (49)

C. Peeters 11, A. Patron 1, D. Tumberg 13, A. Snelgrove 19, C. Pettow 2, T. Hendrickx 3. Totals: 8/8 9-16 49

Verndale 25 44 -- 69

New York Mills 26 23 -- 49

Fouls: Vern. 16; NYM 17

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Brian Hansel
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