NY Mills boys winners of three consecutive games
With a record of 2-4 and losers of three games in a row, after a first round Sebeka Holiday Tournament loss to the hosts, the season was looking a bit bleaker than expected in New York Mills.
But the boys basketball team has reeled off three consecutive victories to hop back over the .500 mark to 5-4. The Eagles defeated Verndale, 68-43, Park Christian, 72-65 after blowing out Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 75-39 to take third place at the Sebeka tournament.
"Our boys have really picked it up the last three games and it has started out with our intensity," Head Coach Bryan Dunrud said "We have been playing more confident and with much improved energy which has helped us to take advantage of some miscues that we have created."
New York Mills got up on Verndale early and stretched their lead to 33-16 at the half. The Eagles would not look back pounding Verndale in the second half 35-27 for the 25-point final margin.
Three Eagles scored in double figures. Isaiah Bauck led the way with 17 points. Spencer Imsande scored 14 and Tristan Huwe put in 13.
Dustin Motschenbacher led the way for the Pirates with 10 points.
"Our players have been sharing the ball much better with the philosophy of give it up to receive it back and this has resulted in a lot more uncontested and/or easy shots for us on the offensive end of the floor. We are at a point in the season where we really needed to come together and begin to grow as a team and we are starting to execute much better in our positioning on the floor and our starting to grasp mentally what it will take for us to be successful as a team."
NY Mills 72, Park Christian 65
The New York Mills boys basketball team held off Park Christian 72-65.
Park Christian made runs at the Eagles' lead but were unable to get within seven points in a second half dominated by the home team.
With under five minutes to go the Eagles held an eight-point advantage. Park Christian moved the ball around looking to get under the seven-point deficit when a Frank Peeters block set the tone for the final four minutes.
The Eagles' aggressive play had them in the bonus early and the double bonus with five and one-half minutes to go and they put the game away from the free throw line.
Bauck scored 18 points, nine from the charity stripe. Peeters scored 12. Spencer Imsande hit double figures scoring 10.
The Eagles sit in the middle of the Park Region Conference standings at 2-3. Sebeka, ranked #2 in Class A, sits atop the standings at 4-0. Bertha-Hewitt is also undefeated at 3-0. New York Mills is 0-3 against both schools with a rematch with Bertha-Hewitt coming up at home in early February.
New York Mills' next test will be against Highway 10 rivals Wadena-Deer Creek tonight, Thursday, Jan. 13, in New York Mills at the Sports Center.
"Thursday versus Wadena will be our next challenge to see where we our at and hopefully continue our recent winning ways."