COLDWATER — The New Bremen Cardinals had help from their bench and managed a second half comeback to defeat the New Knoxville Rangers 49-45 Tuesday in the first game of the Division IV sectional tournament held at the Palace in Coldwater.
“They showed a lot of character,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “All 17 players we had in practice contributed tonight. Early in the year when we got down like we did tonight the we start pointing fingers and blaming each other instead of sticking with the system and tonight we played without Ben Homan who was on the bench a lot. We had guys step up.”
New Bremen will play Spencerville on Friday at 6:15 p.m. at Coldwater.
Going into the fourth quarter the Rangers had a narrow 37-35 lead but New Bremen had more fuel in the tank down the stretch.
“Going into the game we were one player down because of sickness,” Ranger head coach Kort Fledderjohann said. “It wasn’t part of the game plan but those things happen. We had a seven-guy rotation so we were at a severe disadvantage on the glass and that hurt us. The kids worked hard but we just had a problem closing the game out.”
Carson Manger led New Bremen with 23 points. Nolan Fox had 11 points.
Ryan Lageman led the Rangers with 13 points.
MARION LOCAL 58, MINSTER 51
The Marion Local Flyers were able to jump out big on Minster early Tuesday evening and— while the Wildcats came back to make it close — earned a 58-51 win in the second game of the Division IV sectional tournament played at the Palace in Coldwater on Tuesday.
“First of all we prepared hard for Minster,” Flyers head coach and former Minster assistant coach Kurt Goettemoeller said. “We knew that despite their record they were a serious threat. I thought we executed really well in the first half. “
Marion Local got out big, as they outscored Minster 32-11 at halftime and led 45-25 through three quarters.
Minster tried to start a big comeback in the fourth quarter. With five minutes left Minster still trailed 49-31 but Minster converted four three-pointers to close the gap to 57-48 with 45 seconds left. Dustin Seitz made a free throw for Marion Local and Peter Falk hit another trey at the buzzer to make the final score 58-51.
“They are an outstanding team,” Minster head coach Mike Lee said. “The frustration was their size limited us offensively and we can’t go stretches like we did without scoring in the first half. One thing we did shoot the ball well, two we didn’t rebound the ball and three we gave up easy shots at the other end of the floor. That is a lethal combination.”
The scoring was pretty even for the Flyers with Griesdorn, Knapke and Bertke each scoring 12 points. Prater Otting led Minster with 11 points and Matt Trushaw and Brandon Hoying each had 10 points.
Minster ends their season at 8-15, while Marion Local will advance for a rematch with Fort Recovery on Friday in the second game at 8 p.m.