Boys basketball roundup: Thunder Hawks win a wild one at Eden Valley

Feb. 5—EDEN VALLEY — The Montevideo boys basketball team's win on Monday came with plenty of drama.

After a frantic finale against defending Section 3AA champions Eden Valley-Watkins, the Thunder Hawks came away with a 61-58 victory. The Eagles came into the game ranked fourth in Class AA by the Minnesota Basketball News.

"They're ranked in every poll; we had our hands full," said Montevideo head coach Derek Webb. "We told our guys we just got to defend the paint as best we can and rebound and have them be one-and-done. They only had six offensive rebounds, so we did a good job cleaning that up."

Webb added, "It was a complete team effort."

EV-W tied the game with 11 seconds to go after a 3-pointer from Parker Schultz. The Thunder Hawks' Devin Ashling drew a foul with 1.5 seconds to go. He hit the first, prompting the Eagles to call a timeout. During the break, EV-W was called for a technical foul. Ashling missed his second shot, only for Carson Boike to immediately step up and go 2-for-2 at the line after the tech. Maintaining possession, the Thunder Hawks were able to kill the clock and collect the win.

Ashling led five Thunder Hawks in double figures with 16 points. Griffin Epema had 13 points, Boike had 11 and Cooper Dack and Gannon Reidinger each had 10. Reidinger also had nine rebounds and four assists.

EV-W's Noah Stommes, a 6-foot-8 senior center, led all scorers with 27 points.

Montevideo plays BOLD at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bird Island.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton out-scored Central Minnesota Christian 12-5 in the second overtime to record the victory at Tracy.

The teams were tied 59-59 at the end of regulation after TMB had taken a 39-30 halftime lead.

It was 63-63 after the first overtime.

Asher Wieberdink, a 6-foot-4 freshman forward, led the Bluejays with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Logan Roelofs and junior guard Drew Duininck each had 15 for CMCS, which also got 12 points from sophomore forward Micah Asake.

CMCS plays host to Ortonville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Prinsburg.