Unbeaten NW Conference leaders square off Friday

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Sioux Central Rebels (4-0) and Laurens-Marathon Chargers (3-0) meet Friday night in a battle between the only remaining unbeaten boys basketball teams in the Northwest Conference.

Sioux Central has cruised in their perfect start.

The Rebels' closest game was a 20-point win over Alta, and they're beating their opponents by an average of over 33 points per game.

Look for a tighter contest Friday night against the Chargers who are trumping their opponents by 29 per game.

Teams coming out of the gate this strongly early in the season usually have one key factor in common, experience.

Laurens-Marathon starts five seniors with another three coming off the bench getting the sound majority of reserve minutes.

The Rebels start a trio of seniors, but their entire squad is made up of upper-classmen with the exception of one sophomore.

Sioux Central has been paced by the outstanding efforts of thier six foot six senior center, and future Northwestern Red Raider, Stuart Goslinga.

Through four games this year, Goslinga is averaging 19.8 points, 14.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting an uncanny 68% from the field.

He's been aided by sophomore forward Adam Ehlers (9.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game) and senior guard Trevor Tiefenthaler (9.3 points, 3.75 assists, and 3.3 steals per game).

The Rebels have played very intelligently with the ball in their hands as evident by their 64 assists compared to 45 turnovers.

Even more impressive is Sioux Central's 49% field goal rate as a team.

Perhaps the only team in the Northwest Conference playing more judiciously is the Chargers who are shooting just under 54% from the field as a team.

Laurens-Marathon's outstanding ball movement and shot selection has produced four different Chargers averaging double-digit points led by senior power forward Ryan Stumbo.

In their three games, the six foot one Stumbo has netted 16 points and 8.7 rebounds per outing while shooting 64%.

Senior guard Adam Woodin is right behind at 14 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting an incredible 73% (8-11) from the three point range.

Brett Wollum has done well facilitating the Laurens-Marathon offense with nearly 14 points and over three assists per game, and Caleb Jamison has been a more than solid contributor with nearly 13 points and four rebounds per outing.

Most recently, the Chargers picked up a 73-57 win over Newell-Fonda (1-4) led by a 21 point, 10 rebound effort from Stumbo.

Woodin notched 16 points and four boards in the win.

Sioux Central is coming off of a 66-27 drubbing of the Schaller-Crestland Wildcats (0-3) last Friday led by 26 points and 15 rebounds from Goslinga

Tiefenthaler chipped in with ten points and seven steals against the Wildcats.

In their two games last season, Laurens-Marathon won both contests by eight points, 45-37 and 58-50.

The Sioux Central and Laurens-Marathon girls tip off in Sioux Rapids at 6:30PM with the boys to follow at 8PM.

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