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Linton/HMB's Richter brothers helping boys' hoops team

Jan. 20—LINTON, N.D. — In the first season of the post-Dan Carr era for the Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock boys' basketball team, the brother duo of Riley and Gentry Richter have made a big impact.

As of Jan. 17, the brothers have helped the Lions to a No. 4 ranking in the state and a perfect 9-0 record. The team is averaging 63.1 points per game.

This season, Gentry, who is a junior, is shooting 42.9% from the field while averaging 12.9 points per game and recording 64 total rebounds and 35 total assists.

Lions head coach Alex Jangula said Gentry has done a good job of blocking out which has translated to his team-leading rebounding totals.

Gentry echoed his coach's sentiments about his ability to rebound the rock. Gentry said he has improved his defense this season.

Gentry said he wants to shoot the ball at a more consistent clip for the rest of the season. Gentry said his best skill on the floor is his leadership ability and keeping the team's energy up.

"Gentry, he's a playmaker, he can score on all three levels," Jangula said. "Defensively, he's kind of our anchor in the middle. He does a great job challenging, rebounding and he can lead the break once he rebounds too."

In order to improve his defense and record 13 deflections, 12 steals and six blocks for the season, Gentry said he improved his mobility and discipline.

This campaign, Riley has come off the bench while shooting 30.3% from the field while averaging 3 points per game and recording 22 total rebounds and 14 total assists.

In order for him to shoot the ball more efficiently, Jangula said Richter needs to shoot with more confidence.

Jangula said Richter's best skill is his ability to make an impact in areas that don't show up in a box score. Jangula said he wants his senior captain to continue to improve his defense as the season goes along.

Gentry said his brother's best skills on the floor are his leadership ability and his ability to shoot the ball. Riley said his best skill on the floor is his ability to keep his team's energy up and keep them locked in. Riley said he wants to improve his shooting and stay disciplined on the defensive side of the ball. Riley said his most underrated skill is also his defense.

"He's just a great teammate," Jangula said. "He does a lot of things that don't show up in the stats, that extra pass, diving on the floor after loose balls, helping out his teammates as far as defending. He's one of those where it doesn't show up in the box score but he's a key member of the team."

When he thinks about what his goals were before the season started, Riley said he wanted the team to defend and rebound the ball well and have good ball movement. His personal goals for the season were mostly the same with the addition of shooting the ball well.

As one of three captains for the Lions, Jangula said Riley's leadership style is to lead by example.

This season has been Alex Jangula's first season after the retirement of Carr. Through the first nine games of the season, Jangula said he has done a good job of building relationships with his players and putting them into positions to succeed.

Gentry said he has enjoyed playing for Jangula and appreciates that his head coach is willing to listen to him and his teammates.

"They're very similar because Mr. Jangula, he's been our assistant coach for a few years here so he learned a lot from Mr. Carr," Riley said. "They have some differences, but they're both very good at keeping our team under composure and keeping us ready to play. But a lot of the plays are similar, we have most of the same plays from last year. Our defense is pretty similar but we do like to play a little bit faster pace this year I think. I think that's the main difference, play a little faster this year, faster pace. I'd say that's the main difference."

When they look back at the first nine games of the season, both brothers and Jangula emphasized the need to be more consistent. In order to stay consistent Gentry said the team needs to keep their energy levels and tempo up.

"It's been going good so far," Gentry said. "We just need to be a little more consistent when we play, sometimes we come out good, we have good runs. So, we just gotta keep our consistency when we're playing."

The two are not the only members of their family to have success in sports as their father, Jon, played football and men's basketball at Mayville State University. The brothers' older sister, Jaycee, is currently playing women's basketball and volleyball at Valley City State University.

Jangula said the brother's work ethic comes from seeing their siblings succeed and being raised on a farm. Jangula said Gentry's game is similar to his father's in that he is consistently in the mid range and is very smart on the floor.

"We always talk about how we want to play just like him and he explains to us how to get better and what we need to work on," Gentry said.

Gentry said he and his brother go to the gym with their father about two to three times a week to improve their games.

Jangula said the two being hard workers gives him a lot of confidence when they're on the floor.

"They're always in the gym," Jangula said. "They've been playing sports together since they were little. So, even outside of practice, I know their dad and mom bring them up to the gym and work with them a lot. So, it's a very competitive family as a whole and a sports family so that's great as a coach where I know they're putting in the extra work outside of practice."

Gentry said he and his brother are incredibly competitive with one another. Gentry added that the two drive each other to be better at all times.

Riley said he enjoys talking about basketball and how to improve with his brother.

"(We are) very competitive," Gentry said. "We've been playing together since we were third graders on the same travel team and we just built up a good relationship on the court."