Storm Lake boys gets the best of Ridge View

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Storm Lake senior Shol Mebang tries to avoid the contact as he goes for a layup in the second quarter against Ridge View. Mebang had 15 points off the bench in a 79-40 Storm Lake win over the Raptors.
Photos by Craig Shultz

SCHALLER - The green and white boys got up early against Ridge View on Monday night and never really looked back in a battle of 3A and 1A schools. The Tornadoes and Raptors were able to really play their entire benches as Storm Lake cruised to a 39 point win, 79-40.

“The boys came out ready to play and their energy helped get some easy buckets early on. I also thought that we did a good job of finding Ethan [James] and Cham [Deng] early on as they both got going right away,” SL Coach Heath Stille said. “We played an alright defensive game with our full court and half court defense.”

Ridge View took an early lead in the first minutes of the game, but Storm Lake’s firepower became too much for the Raptors to handle. SL senior Ethan James had the hot hand in the first three minutes of the game, scoring all seven of his points in that time span to help the green and white jump out to an 11-4 lead with 5:17 left in the frame.

The three ball was falling for the Tornadoes in the first quarter as they managed to put up 30 against the Raptors, holding a 15-point edge, 30-15.

While the Tornadoes built their lead through the second frame, they began to sub more players in and out, the Storm Lake bench providing some punch to help extend the Storm Lake lead to 24 at halftime, 47-23.

The trend continued through the third quarter as Ridge View’s offense had a hard time against a swarming Storm Lake defense that pressured the ball through the entire game. The green and white held a 31-point edge going to the fourth quarter, 63-32.

Ridge View senior Austin Degen got an open lane in the third quarter against the parted Storm Lake defense for an easy bucket. Degen had seven for the Raptors.

Both teams cycled through the bench as everyone on both varsity teams earned playing time through most of the fourth quarter. Storm Lake’s defense continued to stifle the Raptors until the final horn.

“It is always nice to be able to rest the starters and get some others some playing experience to keep building the depth that we need to get back up,” Stille said. “It’s also nice for some of the guys to gain confidence moving forward this year.”

Storm Lake was led by senior Cham Deng’s 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Senior Shol Mabeng came off of the bench and scored 15 points and hauled in four rebounds. Sophomore Jamuo Gatwech added 13 points and had a pair of steals, while senior Chak Malou scored 12 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting.

Twelve Tornadoes in all registered their name on the stat sheet, all of them hauling in at least one rebound. Storm Lake had 41 rebounds on the night and went 31-of-63 shooting. They canned 12 of their 27 three point attempts.

A pair of seniors led Ridge View with nine points in Jake Kliegl and Jacob Tokheim. Kliegl added six rebounds and had a pair of assists. Senior Austin Degen had seven points, and junior Dawson Blum hauled in nine rebounds.

Ridge View went 15-of-52 from the floor and 2-of-14 from behind the arc. They did rebound the ball well on the offensive end with 16, and had 27 rebounds in total.

“Give credit to Storm Lake. They came out on fire and we could not stop them. We threw the whole book at them and they were executing and finishing at the rim,” RV Coach Mike Smith said. “We got up 52 shots tonight but we couldn’t finish. It was a tough night all around. We have to let this game go.”

Storm Lake improves to 7-3 and are on a three game win streak. They will get back to Lakes Conference play on Friday night when they welcome in the 3-9 Midgets of Estherville-Lincoln Central.

“I think that ELC is a good basketball team that is fundamentally sound and will cause us some problems both offensively and defensively,” Stille said. “I know that our guys are ready for the challenge to keep improving each and every day. We are hoping for another packed house inside Tornado Fieldhouse for Friday night’s game.”

Ridge View falls to 4-7 on the year. They went to MVAOCOU on Tuesday night, and will then head to OA-BCIG on Friday night.

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