NYM Boys Basketball: Eagles drop pair of games to Sebeka, NCE
After a big win to open 2010 at Verndale, the Eagle boys followed up with a pair of tough losses on back-to-back nights last week.
New York Mills hit the road Thursday night and suf-fered a 70-41 loss at Sebeka.
The Trojans, ranked No. 3 in Class A, dominated the first half, holding Mills to just five made baskets as they took a 44-12 halftime lead.
Sebeka's Joey Cuperus scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the first half to lead the Trojan charge.
Isaiah Bauck scored 15 of his team-high 19 points in the second half as the Eagles outscored Sebeka, 29-26. But Mills was never able to overcome their slow first half start.
Sebeka, the co-defending Park Region Conference champs (along with Bertha-Hewitt), has now won four-straight against New York Mills.
Back at home
The Eagles had their first home game at the Mills Sports Center in a month when they hosted Norman County East on Friday. NCE took an early lead and held off several Mills rallies to win going away, 57-39.
The visitors had a 16-9 lead in the first half when NY Mills post Frank Peeters scored six-straight points to get the Eagles to with one, 16-15. But NCE responded with an 8-1 run, and they went on to hold a 29-17 lead at the half.
New York Mills got the lead down to six points with 10 minutes to play, but NCE used a 21-10 run to close the game.
NCE's post play was too much for NY Mills. Derik Tollefson, Corey Pemberton and Scott Lampton, all over 6'4" and all taller than anyone NY Mills put on the floor, all were in double figures as they combined for 36 points.
NCE (6-4) knocked the Ea-gles out of last year's play-offs with a 79-44 win in the sub-section quarterfinals, and have now won six-straight in the series.
Mills will head east down Hwy. 10 tonight (Jan. 14) for a non-conference game at Wadena-Deer Creek. The Wolverines (4-5) won last year's game at the Sports Center, 78-36.
The Eagles will go on back-to-back night's again next week when Bertha-Hewitt, the PRC's No. 2 team, comes to town for a basketball doubleheader on Jan. 15.
The C-squad girls game will start the night at 4 p.m. in the Sports Center (no C-squad boys game). The B-squad games start at 5 p.m. in the Sports Center and high school gyms.
The varsity girls will start at 6:15 p.m., with the boys' game will follow at the Sports Center at approxi-mately 7:45 p.m.
The B-H boys have won 14-straight over the Eagles.
After going on back-to-back nights, NY Mills will get nearly a week off before a game at Pillager on Jan. 21.
Thursday, January 7
#3-A Sebeka 70, New York Mills 41
NY Mills 12-29--41
Eagles--Isaiah Bauck 19, Erik Tum-berg 9, Adam Snelgrove 5, Tanner Wegscheid 4, Derik Gaudette 2, Frank Peeters 2.
Trojans--Cuperus 26, Sharp 12, Brockpahler 10, Pulju 7, Funk 6, Kin-nunen 3, Sharp 2, Ament 2.
2-pointers--NYM 17, S 25; 3-pointers--NYM 1, S 4; Free Throws-- NYM 2/4, S 6/10; Team Fouls-- NYM 10, S 9.
Friday, January 8
Norman Cty. East 57, NY Mills 39
Eagles--Bauck 13, Tumberg 7, Peet-ers 6, Snelgrove 6, Imsande 4, Pazdernik 3.
NCE Eagles--Touefson 15, S. Lamp-ton 11, Pemberton 10, Anderson 7, R. Lampton 4, Bueng 3, Liebl 2, Sather 1.
2-pointers--NYM 13, NCE 24; 3-pointers--NYM 2, NCE 1; Free Throws-- NYM 7/16, NCE 6/9; Team Fouls-- NYM 13, NCE 17.
Park Region Conf. All
#3-A Sebeka 3-0 7-1
Bertha-Hewitt 3-0 7-1
Menahga 2-1 7-5
New York Mills 2-1 2-8
Henning 1-3 2-7
Verndale 0-3 1-7
Pillager 0-3 0-8