H.S. Boys’ Basketball
Hubmen Halt Tigers’ Season
Thursday, March 16, 2017 8:56 AM
by Dan Ruud
Rather than being called for charging, the Tigers’ Nathan Herman was fouled on this drive to the basket against Jordan Thursday night in New Prague.
The Belle Plaine High School boys’ basketball team dug itself a 12-0 hole to begin the game and lost to No. 1 seed Jordan 72-56 in the Section 2AA, North Subsection semifinals Thursday night at New Prague High School.
The fifth-seeded Tigers managed to whittle the lead down to five points (33-28) early in the second half before a taller Hubmen squad was able to pull away again and lead by double-digits most of the second half. The Tigers finish the season with an overall record of 14-14.
The Hubmen’s victory was the third in a many outing against the Tigers this season. Belle Plaine had earned its third crack at Jordan with last Monday night’s (March 6) dramatic 70-69 overtime victory in the subsection quarterfinals at Norwood Young America.
Against Jordan, Belle Plaine was led in scoring by Brody Curtiss with 17 points. Andrew Hunsader and Noah Hastings both added 14 points, followed by Nathan Herman with seven. Matt Nelson and Kellen Bergs both had two. Curtiss was tops in rebounds with six. He and Herman both had four steals and Hastings had four assists.
Scoring in double figures for Jordan were Jimmy Vollbrecht (25), Eric Tiedman (19) and Ryan Samuelson (12).
“Our team worked hard every minute of this game,” said Tigers coach Paul Fogarty. “We needed to have our best game of the year and it just didn’t happen. Jordan has a very tall and talented team this year.”
Playing their final high school basketball game for Belle Plaine were seniors Bergs, Curtiss, Herman, Nelson, John Karl and Jonathan Schmidt.
Jordan went to defeat No. 3 seed Glencoe-Silver Lake 77-59 in the North Subsection championship game this past Monday night at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Jordan, with a record of 25-3, will square off against South Subsection No. 2 seed New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (27-2) for the section championship 8 p.m. this Friday at MSU. No. 4 seed Fairmont upset No. 1 seed Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 81-65 before losing to NRHEG 45-42 in the South Subsection final.