Boys kick Broncs, fall in More rematch
Published: Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Cody Martinz and Chase Glazier combined for 55 points last Friday night as the Custer High School boys basketball team cruised to an easy victory over the Belle Fourche Broncs in Belle Fourche.
The Wildcats were particularly strong in the second half, outscoring the Broncs 40-19. The Wildcats forced 18 Belle Fourche turnovers, while holding them to 32 percent shooting.
As has been the case much of the year, the team started slowly, falling behind early as Belle’s Jordan Mitchell scored eight early points. With 6-6 post player Adam Baker at home sick, Custer head coach Larry Luitjens went to seldom-used sophomore Joel Thomsen to guard Mitchell, with impressive results.
“He shut him down. Joel played well. I don’t think anybody scored on him in the two quarters he played,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said. “That’s not pretty good defense, that’s great defense.”
Erik Hiltunen joined Martinz and Glazier in double figures, scoring 10 points while also pulling down six rebounds.
“It was a good team effort. We went half court man-to-man defense. We took the press off and played solid,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said.âï¿½ï¿½“Some games we have to press to get them going. This game we took it off to get them going, and it was effective.”
Last Thursday night, the boys hung tough with No. 3 St. Thomas More for a half, but scored only three fourth quarter points in a 46-30 loss to the visiting Cavaliers.
As usual, the Cavalier defense made things difficult for the Wildcats, as they struggled to get off quality shots all night.
“I think he (St. Thomas More coach Dave Hollenbeck) has the best defensive team he has had,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said.âï¿½ï¿½“They play defense together, and they play it well.”
After falling behind big in the first quarter, the Wildcats started to claw their way back into the game, starting with a Chase Glazier basket inside late in the first quarter and a couple of Kenneth Myers drives and baskets in the second quarter.
After Jacob Henderson buried a three-pointer for More to put the visitors up 17-10, Custer answered back, and after Glazier drove to the basket for two and was fouled, the score was 19-15 in favor of More after the made free throw. Custer took all the momentum into the half after two Glazier free throws late in the first half.
Cody Martinz burst to life in the third quarter for Custer, burying a three-pointer at the 6:17 mark that made the score 24-20 in favor of More, and followed that up with a baseline drive for two and an elbow jumper for two more. The Wildcats eventually cut the More lead to two at 28-26 before Jake Sullivan buried a three-pointer to stem the tide and put More back on top by five.
“He didn’t hit a lot, but he hit big ones,” Luitjens said of Sullivan.
The fourth quarter is where things got away from the ’Cats, as two old-fashioned three-point plays and another three-pointer by Sullivan put More up by 12 midway through the fourth. Custer never got any closer.
“We missed some good shots, and we can’t do that,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said.âï¿½ï¿½“If you’re going to beat a good team, you can’t miss good shots.”
Glazier was the team’s leading scorer, with 17 points. Martinz had nine and Myers four—the only three Wildcats to score a point in the game.
“It’s not a recipe for winning (only three players scoring) but you’re not going to spend all your time trying to figure out how someone else can score,”âï¿½ï¿½Luitjens said.âï¿½ï¿½“In our offense, there is opportunities (for other players to score). They have to take advantage of those opportunities.”
The boys will be back at home this Friday night, when they host Lead-Deadwood at 7:30 p.m. Saturday the team will host Warner in an 8 p.m. game. Warner is located near Aberdeen and is a Class B school.
With Custer locked into the second place slot in its district, Luitjens said the team will focus on its upcoming district opponents as it plays out the string.
“We’re not going to win the conference, and we’re not going to go undefeated,”âï¿½ï¿½he said.âï¿½ï¿½“What we have to work for is the (district) tournament.”
Custer 6 11 9 4 —30
STM 14 6 11 15 —46
Custer—Logan Burns 0-1 0-0 0, Cody Martinz 3-12 2-2 9, Erikâï¿½ï¿½Hiltunen 0-2 0-0 0, Kenneth Myers 2-4 0-0 4, Jared Thomsen 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Glazier 7-17 3-3 17, David Hernandez 0-0 0-0 0, Adam Baker 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 12-37 5-5 30.
St. Thomas More—Landon Kudrna 1-6 0-2 2, Aidan Goetzinger 4-9 1-4 9, Conor Merriam 0-2 0-0 0, Jake Sullivan 4-9 3-4 14, Jacob Henderson 7-13 3-4 18, Jeron Laurenti 0-7 3-4 3. Totals: 16-46 10-18 46.
Three-point goals:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 1 (Martinz), STMâï¿½ï¿½4 (Sullivan 3, Henderson). Rebounding: Custer 18 (Glazier 7). STMâï¿½ï¿½26 (Sullivan 7). Turnovers:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 11, STMâï¿½ï¿½8. Assists: Custer 2, STMâï¿½ï¿½12 (Kudrna 7). Total fouls: Custer 14, STMâï¿½ï¿½12. Fouled out:âï¿½ï¿½none.
Custer—Logan Burns 1-6 0-0 3, Erikâï¿½ï¿½Hiltunen 4-5 0-0 10, Cody Martinz 8-18 4-5 23, Kenneth Myers 3-10 0-0 7, Jared Thomsen 2-5 0-2 4, Chase Glazier 9-18 4-4 22, David Hernandez 0-1 0-0 0, Joel Thomsen 1-4 1-3 3. Totals: 28-67 9-14 72.
Belle Fourche—Austin Westland 1-1 1-1 3, Thomas Green 5-10 1-2 11, Jordan Mitchell 4-13 0-0 8, Levi Grubb 4-11 2-2 10, Ryan Nelson 1-2 0-1 2, Breck Young 0-3 1-2 1, Nathan Lange 2-10 0-0 4, Trevor Nicholas 0-2 0-0 0, Chance Wilder 0-0 0-0 0, Cassidy Thompson 1-2 0-1 2. Totals:âï¿½ï¿½18-56 5-9 41.
Three-point goals: Custer 7 (Martinz 3, Hiltunen 2, Burns, Myers). Rebounding: Custer 38 (Thomsen 8), BF: 30 (Grubb 7). Turnovers: Custer 7, BFâï¿½ï¿½18. Assists:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 17 (Martinz 7), BF 11. Total fouls:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 14, BFâï¿½ï¿½17. Fouled out: none.
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