Boys Basketball: Owls fall to Trojans for third time, end season 20-7
Hancock couldn't recover from a slow start and cold shooting overall as the Owl boys basketball team fell to Ortonville in the Section 6A-South semifinals on Monday, March 11, at the University of Minnesota Morris in Morris. It was the Owls' third loss of the season to the Trojans.
The Owls shot just 37 percent overall and hit just 3-of-22 three-point shots in the game. Ortonville was slightly better from deep, going 2-for-12 for 16 percent, but the Trojans didn’t need the deep ball as they connected on 53 percent from the floor overall.
Ortonville also got to the free throw line 28 times and while the Trojans hit just half of their foul shots, Hancock managed to get to the line just five times. Ortonville also out-rebounded Hancock 37-29 thanks to a 10-rebound effort from Trojan senior DaVonte Edwards.
Hancock's Bennett Nienhaus finished with a team-high 18 points in the game and 965 points in his career for the Owls, who end their season 20-7.
The Trojans play Parkers Prairie for the Section 6A-South subsection title at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at UMM in Morris. No. 1 Parkers Prairie eliminated No. 4 West Central Area 61-41 in the earlier game Monday.
In the North subsection, No. 1 Henning and No. 2 Mahnomen-Waubun will meet in the subsection title. Henning beat No. 5 Hillcrest 54-52 while M-W beat No. 3 Ulen-Hitterdal 59-49 in overtime Monday, in Perham.
Ortonville 58, Hancock 39
Hancock (20-7) 16 23 — 39
ORTONVILLE (21-2) 23 35 — 58
HANCOCK - Scoring: Bennett Nienhaus 18, Connor Reese 11, Cole Reese 8, Peyton Rohloff 2 ... 3-point shots: Nienhaus 2, Connor Reese 1 ... Rebound leader: Cole Reese 8, Connor Reese 6 ... Assist leader: Cole Reese 4, Connor Reese 4 ... Steal leader: Nienhaus 2, Daniel Milander 2
ORTONVILLE - Scoring: Peter Treinen 21, Zach Kuechenmeister 10, DaVonte Edwards 9, Leo Zepeda 6, Mitchell Meyer 6, Tyson Powell 4, Jacob Hoernemann 2 ... 3-point shots: Kuechenmeister 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA