Foul woes hurt Wolverines in loss to Bears
Fouls hurt but excellent free throw shooting hurt even more Tuesday night as the Wadena-Creek Wolverines saw a seven-point halftime lead evaporate in a 63-52 loss to Bertha-Hewitt.
The Wolverines were whistled for 26 fouls in the game and the Bears cashed in by converting on 31 of 34 free throws.
"The story of the game is that Bertha-Hewitt shot 35 free throws and WDC shot only four the entire game," WDC head coach Tom VanErp said.
A six-point run by the Wolverines just before the half sent them into the locker room with a 24-17 halftime cushion. The Bears dominated the second half by out-scoring the Wolverines 46-28 behind a 16-point scoring spree. The Bears scored 28 points at the foul stripe in the second half.
Jared Hoemberg tacked up 19 points for the Bears while Jeremy Frethem netted 17.
Jordan Reed was high point man for the Wolverines with 19 tallies. Kevin Tumberg chipped in with four treys, 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Wolverines have home games Tuesday and Thursday with Crosby-Ironton and New York Mills. They go on the road Jan. 16 for a game with Becker.
S. Syverson 6, K. Tumberg 14, R. Nelson 6, T. Byman 3, J. Reed 19, A. Kern 4. Totals: 15/7 1-4 52
J. Fretham 17, P. Riewer 8, J. Hoemberg 19, R. Roller 8, E. Bakken, B. Peterson 3, J. Farber 9. Totals: 10/4 31-35 63
WDC 24 28 - 52
B-H 17 46 - 63
Fouls: WDC 26; B-H 11
Wadena-Deer Creek 59,
Eden Valley-Watkins 43
Jordan Reed was on another planet last Wednesday as the Wolverines claimed third place in the Otter Holiday Classic.
The 6-5 junior poured in a career-high 29 points to spark the WDC offense and earn himself a spot on the all-tournament team.
With Reed scoring 16 points in the first half the Wolverines grabbed a 29-17 lead by the midway point.
"They obviously didn't have an answer for Jordan," WDC head coach Tom VanErp said.
While Reed was taking care of half of WDC's scoring, Josh Sherman and Aaron Kern were doing a number on Eden Valley-Watkins star Ryan Tri.
"We played really well on defense," VanErp said. "Josh Sherman and Aaron Kern shut down Ryan Tri -- their best shooter and ball-handler."
Sherman and Kern wore the Eden Valley-Watkins star down by rotating into the game. Tri was held to seven points.
Peter Stenger paced the Eagles with 12 points.
The Wolverines out-rebounded the Eagles 28-15 with Ryan Nelson grabbing seven boards. Zach Schlangen pulled down six for the Eagles.
WADENA-DEER CREEK (59)
S. Syverson 9, K. Tumberg 6, R. Nelson 7, T. Byman 2, J. Reed 29, G. Kellogg 1, A. Kern 5. Totals: 19/2 15-25 59
EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS (43)
E. Kummet 4, D. Streit 8, R. Tri 7, D. Sargent 2, Z. Schlangen 7, P. Stenger 12. Totals: 16 9-19 43
WDC 29 30 - 59
EVW 17 26 - 43
Fouls: WDC 9, EVW 8