Belle Plaine’s Andrew Hunsader scored 10 points against Jordan last Tuesday night in Belle Plaine.
Belle Plaine’s Andrew Hunsader scored 10 points against Jordan last Tuesday night in Belle Plaine.
by Dan Ruud
The Belle Plaine High School boys’ basketball team continued its season-long concoction of a near even batch of wins and losses after splitting a pair of Minnesota River Conference home games last week, falling to Jordan 66-59 on Tuesday and beating Mayer Lutheran 77-66 on Friday.
The Tigers, 4-6 in the MRC, 12-11 overall, will travel to fifth-place Norwood Young America for a MRC game 7:30 p.m. this Thursday before closing the conference season at home against last-place Le Sueur-Henderson 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday. Belle Plaine needs to win both those games to reach the .500 mark in the MRC and upgrade its stature in the soon-to-be-released section tournament bracket.
Jordan 66, Tigers 59
Belle Plaine led MRC-leading Jordan 51-45 with less than six minutes to play before the Hubmen outscored the Tigers 21-8 the rest of the way for a 66-59 victory last Tuesday night in Belle Plaine.
“Our defense and intensity was terrific throughout this entire contest,” said Belle Plaine coach Paul Fogarty.
Brody Curtiss and Noah Hastings led Belle Plaine with 18 and 17 points, respectively, while Andrew Hunsader and Nathan Herman both chipped in 10. Matt Nelson had four. Hastings had a team-high nine rebounds, followed by Nelson with six. Curtiss and Nelson both had three assists, while Hastings, Hunsader and Jack Otto each had two steals.
Eric Tiedman at 6-6, and Jimmy Vollbrecht, at 6-8, the two tallest players on the floor, led Jordan with 29 and 21 points, respectively. Jordan, at 9-1, maintains a one-game lead over Sibley East (8-2) heading into the final two games of the MRC season.
Tigers 77, Mayer Luth. 66
The Tigers built a 17-point (41-24) halftime advantage en route to avenging a Jan. 30 loss at Mayer Lutheran with a 77-66 triumph Friday night in Belle Plaine.
“This was our best start to finish performance of the year,” Fogarty said. “Our  pressure defense, rebounding and poise to finish this game was outstanding. This was the first time in a month that we had everyone available to play and our team showed what is possible going forward. We are definitely trending in the right direction.”
Curtiss tossed in 26 points for Belle Plaine. Joining him in double figures and their point totals were Hunsader (15), Hastings (12), Patrick Bigaouette (11), Herman (9), Nelson (2) and Tommy Dikmen (2). Curtiss, Herman and Nelson each had six rebounds. Herman had three assists and three steals, and Hunsader had two assists and three steals.