Rebels Fall in Overtime
The Rebel boys would travel across the state border to participate in the Garretson, SD “Border Bash.” The event would pin three Minnesota boy’s teams versus three South Dakota teams. This year, the Rebels would square off against the Vermillon Tanagers. The Tanagers feature a South Dakota player of the year nominee in future Augustana Viking, AJ Plitzuweit. Plitzuweit is averaging over 35 points per game this season and just recorded 52 points in one game, with 41 of those in the second half alone. Needless to say, the Rebels would have a tough defensive task ahead of them.
Since the game was being played in South Dakota, the game would be broken down into quarters and a 35 second shot clock would be used. The two teams would play out to an 8 all tie after the first quarter. The second quarter would be all Vermillion as they would outscore the Rebels 14-5 to take a 22-13 lead into halftime.
The third quarter would be much like the second, but this time it was the Rebels that would outscore the Tanagers, 10-4 to pull within 3 going into the fourth quarter. Both teams would provide much excitement for those in attendance. The Tanagers would race out of the quarter break with Carter Larson scoring 6 straight points to cushion their lead, forcing coach Bobeldyk to call a timeout. Coming out of the time out, the Rebels had a turnover followed by a Plitzuweit three to increase Vermillion’s lead to ten, 35-25, with 5:43 left to play in the game. The Rebels would tighten up their defense and open up the offense tying the game at 37 with a minute to go in regulation. On the ensuing position, the Rebels would force a Tanager turnover with less than 30 seconds giving them a chance at getting the last shot. The Rebels had good ball movement and got a high low look that they wanted but the pass was just off of the hands of senior post Tyler Groves, sending the two teams to overtime knotted at 37.
Overtime would feature four lead changes but it would be the Tanagers that would prevail, winning 46-42 in overtime. That Rebels would have balanced scoring with Mason Woldt leading the way with 11, followed by Tyler Groves (10) Nate Everson (7), Justin Benda (6) and Spencer Wajer and Kolton Wendorff each chipped in 2. The Rebels would hold the Tanagers to their lowest point total on the season, even with the four-minute overtime period, and hold their high scoring point guard to 19 which is 16 below his season average.
Falcons Outshoot the Rebels
The Rebels returned to conference action, playing host to the Red Rock Central Falcons. The Falcons, who were sub-section runners up last year, are off to a 10-2 record and ranked #10 in the latest class A polls. These two teams have had some classic battles over the years and the Rebels were hoping to pull off the upset.
The Falcons are led by senior guard Brady Rasmussen who leads the conference in points per game averaging just under 25. He would take charge of his team which jumped out to an early 6-1 lead over the Rebels. The home team would work themselves back into the game cutting the Falcon lead down to one a couple of times throughout the first half. Unfortunately, turnovers would doom the Rebels as Red Rock would be able to pull away into halftime with a nine-point lead, 34-25.
The Rebels would start the second half with the ball and got a great three point look from Spencer Wajer that would fall just short. The Falcons would be able to convert on their first possession and would follow that up with three straight steals leading to fast breaks that quickly increased their lead to 15 just a few minutes into the half. The Rebels did work themselves back into the game, closing the gap down to 7 a few times but the slow start to the second half was too much for the Rebels to overcome as they would fall 59-49.
Spencer Wajer and Mason Woldt would lead the Rebels offensively tallying 19 and 18 points. Woldt would also double up in rebounds, finishing with 11 to lead the team. Tyler Groves would record 10 rebounds on the night.
With the loss, the Rebels drop to 7-5 overall and 4-3 in the Red Rock Conference. Their next action is on Friday, January 19, as the travel to Hills to take on the HBC Patriots.