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Basketball: Trojans top Owls in undefeated conference battle

Hancock senior Connor Reese goes up for a heavily contested lay-up against Ortonville senior Caden Wellnitz, who attempts to block the shot. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times1 / 4
The Owl stage, packed with Owl students, celebrates after a three-pointer in the first half. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times2 / 4
Hancock students celebrate back-to-back threes by the Owls during the first half of conference action against Ortonville Friday night, in Hancock. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times3 / 4
Hancock junior Daniel Milander fades away to avoid the block from Ortonville's 6-foot-6-inch senior DaVonte Edwards during the first half of Pheasant Conference action Friday, Jan. 11, in Hancock. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times4 / 4

Hancock held a one-point lead over 10th-ranked (Class A) Ortonville at halftime. But the Trojans were able to turn it around in the second half to knock off the host Owls 78-73 in Pheasant Conference action Friday, Jan. 11, in Hancock. Both teams were undefeated in Pheasant Conference and Section 6A play coming into the contest.

Cole Reese had a team-high 19 points and six assists for Hancock, followed by 17 points — with five 3-pointers — from Bennett Nienhaus. Peyton Rohloff came up with 12 points and eight rebounds while Preston Rohloff added 10 points, six boards and five assists.

Ortonville's DaVonte Edwards had a game-high 32 points, most of which coming from putbacks as he also grabbed 15 rebounds for a double-double performance.

The Owls play the Braves Monday, Jan. 14, in Benson.

Ortonville 78, Hancock 73

Ortonville (8-1) 36 42 — 78

Hancock (8-2) 37 36 — 73

ORTONVILLE - Scoring: DaVonte Edwards 32, Tyson Powell 14, Mitchell Meyer 13, Caden Wellnitz 10, Peter Treinen 6, Zach Kuechenmeister 3 ... 3-point shots: Meyer 4, Powell 2, Wellnitz 1, Kuechenmeister 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

HANCOCK - Scoring: Cole Reese 19, Bennett Nienhaus 17, Peyton Rohloff 12, Preston Rohloff 10, Connor Reese 6, Daniel Milander 5, Brandon Kellenberger 2, Tanner Pahl 2 ... 3-point shots: B Nienhaus 5, Cole Reese 2, Pr Rohloff 2, Milander 1 ... Rebound leader: Pe Rohloff 8, Pr Rohloff 6 ... Assist leader: Cole Reese 6, Pr Rohloff 5 ... Steal leader: Milander 2

Brooke Kern

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