Boys Basketball: Big start propels New Bremen past New Knoxville


NEW BREMEN — It was another defensive physical game for the New Bremen Cardinals basketball team and they came away with a 60-48 victory over the New Knoxville Rangers Friday in a Midwest Athletic Conference contest played at New Bremen.

New Bremen built a 29-12 halftime lead, as they won their ninth straight game and trail only MAC unbeaten St. Henry in the conference standings.

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It looked like everything New Bremen put up in the first half went in or was rebounded and put back in. The Cardinals started out scoring the first six points and not allowing the Rangers to score until Ben Kuck dropped a shot with four minutes left in the quarter. Adam Howe was the only other Ranger player to score in the first quarter as New Bremen jumped out to a 12-4 lead after one quarter of play.

“For the last four or five games we have been under 40 percent first half shooting in every game,” Rangers head coach Kort Fledderjohann said. “It was some of both missing shots and rebounding. We missed a lot of shots early...In the second half (we) started to hit some when the pressure was off. It just comes down to when you have shots you have to hit them.”

New Bremen continued the solid rebounding and shooting in the second quarter when Carson Manger nailed a bomb and Ben Homan sank a layup for a 17-4 lead. Ryan Lageman sank a bomb of his own for New Knoxville, but New Bremen continued to torch the net to gain a 29-12 lead at halftime.

Carson Manger led New Bremen with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Homan had 10 points 10 rebounds.

New Knoxville was led by Adam Howe with 11 points and Jake Allen had 10 points.

“I thought we were very good defensively,” New Bremen head coach Adam Dougherty said. “Parker Manger was outstanding on Jake Allen tonight. He made every catch and touch difficult for him. Allen gets his points when Parker is out of the game. Parker is our key. He is going to guard the other team’s best player every night and the energy he brings is unbelievable. He plays every minute as hard as he can and he is a great kid to coach.”

In the second half the Rangers began to play better but with the deficit New Bremen continued to score virtually at will making the score 39-19 with two minutes left in the third quarter and Parker Manger nails a bomb as the quarter ended to make the score 51-29.

“We took care of the ball a little bit better in the second half,” Fledderjohann said. “I give New Bremen credit because they played good hard-nosed defense. As tough as New Bremen plays is what we are striving to reach. Whether it is youth or not being physically fit we have to find a way to get there.”

In the fourth quarter New Knoxville was able to cut the Cardinals lead to 12 at 57-45 but couldn’t get any closer as New Bremen held on for the 60-48 victory.

“It showed at the end with our with our being physical,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “It showed late in the game. When we stopped being physical they out-rebounded us down the stretch. The first three and a half quarters we were really good on the glass. We were screening out and creating space and they were not tip handed rebound but two handed snatches because we had created position by being physical.”  

The Rangers (6-8, 1-4) will entertain Ft. Jennings tonight, while the Cardinals 13-2, 5-1) will host Jackson Center tonight.

NB          12     17     22     9    — 60
NK            4      8     17     19    — 48

C. Manger 8-3-20, Heitkamp 2-3-7, Homan 5-0-10, P. Manger 3-0-8, Schwieterman 3-1-7, Speelman 3-0-6, Wendel 1-0-2; Totals 25-7-60.

Howe 4-0-11, J. Allen 5-0-10, Arnett 3-1-8, Kuck 2-2-6, Topp 2-0-5, Kuntz 2-0-4, Lageman 1-1-4; Totals 19-4-48.

Rebounds: NB 44; NK 36.
Three Point Goals: NB 3 (P. Manger 2, C. Manger); NK 6 (Howe 3, Arnett, Lageman, Topp). Turnovers: NB 7; NK 12.
JV GAME: NK – 50-39.