MAC Round-Up: Homan leads New Bremen to win, Minster and New Knoxville fall
ROCKFORD — New Bremen center Ben Homan scored a game-high 23 points on 11 of 15 shooting to go with six rebounds, carrying the Cardinals to a 48-39 win over Parkway on Friday night.
Homan had a frustrating Saturday night, fouling out early in a fourth-quarter home loss to St. Marys. Homan rebounded with this big game to help New Bremen snap a three-game skid.
Carson Manger, Nolan Fox and Brent Goettemoeller each added six points apiece for New Bremen. Trey Naylor had a team-high seven rebounds, as the Cardinals won the battle on the boards 38-27..
New Bremen went 21 of 53 from the floor for 40 percent shooting and knocked down 4 of 6 free throws.
Brant Barna led Parkway with 13 points while Matt Heindel added 10 points.
New Bremen hosts Anna tonight with a 6:30 p.m. JV tip-off time.
ST. HENRY 51, MINSTER 41
MINSTER — St. Henry had its transition offense and stifling defense clicking early on Friday night and the Redkins then held off Minster late for a 51-41 MAC-opening win.
St. Henry built an 18-point lead at 40-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight,” Minster head coach Mike Lee said. “We addressed at halftime our shooting which was absolutely undisciplined. You throw that in that you are coming down and shooting off of one dribble and out of control feeds what they could do offensively.”
Minster got back into the game in the fourth quarter as Brandon Hoying, who finished with a game-high 19 points, took control. Hoying hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to cut the deficit to 40-27 with 6:46 left. St. Henry answered with a pair of baskets, before with 2:34 left Hoying sank three foul shots. Minster cut the deficit to single digits with a 3-pointer from Hoying with 1:46 left making the score 46-38.
But the Wildcats got no closer as St. Henry ended the game on a 5-3 run for the 51-41 victory.
Ryan Mikesell had a big night for St. Henry, scoring 17 points and pulling down 14 rebounds.
Drew Ripploh led the Wildcats with eight boards.
St. Henry (3-1, 1-0) travels to Mississinawa Valley tonight, while the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1) will go to Wapakoneta tonight for a 6 p.m. game.
VERSAILLES 67, NEW KNOXVILLE 47
VERSAILLES — Kyle Ahrens and the Versailles Tigers physically overwhelmed the New Knoxville Rangers in a 67-47 win on Friday night.
“Versailles is just a physically gifted team and it was tough for us,” New Knoxville head coach Kort Fledderjohann said. “I know a number of times on rebounds they just went right over us.”
“We can play against teams like this but we have to get tougher,” Fledderjohn.
The most gifted of the Tiger bunch is Ahrens. The junior showed why he’s one of Ohio’s top players. He scored 31 points, knocking down nine shots from the floor and going 11 for 11 at the free throw line.
But in the early going Knoxville stayed close thanks to the 3-point shot. Five of those treys came from Shane Topp, who had 15 points on the night, and a few minutes into the contest the Rangers were up 6-5.
Andrew Arnett also did his part, dropping in 18 points on the night. But when the first period ended it was 17-9 Tigers.
New Knoxville (2-2, 0-1 MAC) is off until next Saturday, when the Rangers host Shawnee. Versailles (3-0, 2-0 MAC) hosts Sidney Lehman on Tuesday.