Linton/HMB boys' hoops beat Napoleon/G-S 72-39 in District 2 tourney

Feb. 23—JAMESTOWN — The Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock boys' basketball team got out to a commanding lead early and carried that to a 72-39 win over Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter in the first round of the District 2 tournament on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Lions got out to a quick 8-0 lead and were able to carry that to an 18-4 lead into the second. They pushed the lead out to 24-6 before the Imperials attempted a comeback with a run to cut the deficit to 24-10, but the Lions stretched it out from there to 38-18 heading into the half.

"It took us probably three minutes just to figure out what we were in offensively," Imperials head coach Logan Klitzke said. "Defensively, we were getting stops, it's just offensively, we weren't moving the ball and things were sticking a lot and it just wasn't going our way."

The Lions continued to pull away in the third quarter, taking a 22-point lead on the first possession and stretching it out to 57-31 by the end of the frame. The Lions did not take their foot off the pedal in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points to get the 33-point win.

"It's good to get victories this time of year," Lions head coach Alex Jangula said. "We always want to go 1-0 on the day. Come Monday night, we gotta come out with more intensity, play 32 minutes of intense basketball."

The No. 2-seeded Lions return to the floor at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, when they take on the winner of the game between Ellendale and South Border. The No. 7-seeded Imperials attempt to bounce back at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, when they take on the loser of the game between the Cardinals and the Mustangs.

N/G-S 39, L/HMB 72

N/G-S: 4 14 13 8 — 39

L/HMB: 18 20 19 15 — 72

Points leaders:

N/G-S: Tristan Schaffner 19, Trevor Moos 8, Jorgen Jangula 5

L/HMB: Gentry Richter 21, Jace Jochim 16, Kashton Moser 8

Assists leaders:

N/G-S: Carter Haas 2, Moos 2, Schaffner 2

L/HMB: Justin Tschosik 7, Riley Richter 2, G. Richter 2, Jochim 1, Moser 1

Leading rebounders:

N/G-S: Schaffner 9, Moos 8, Braxton Ryum 4

L/HMB: G. Richter 7, Jochim 5, Tschosik 4, Payton Rossow 4, Moser 3

The full bracket is below:

Play-in game 2/17:

No. 9 Strasburg-Zeeland 33 vs. No. 8 Kidder County 66

First Round 2/23:

No. 8 Kidder County 15 vs. No. 1 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier 70

No. 5 Medina/Pingree-Buchanan 46 vs. No. 4 LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 55

No. 7 Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 39 vs. No. 2 Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock 72

No. 6 South Border vs. No. 3 Ellendale, 7:30 p.m.