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Mitchell Christian’s Wes Vander Pol fights for a rebound with Iroquois’ Erik Wehlander during a boys’ high school basketball game Friday at Mitchell Christian School. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

Vander Pol scores 25 in MCS boys' win

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Vander Pol scores 25 in MCS boys' win
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Wes Vander Pol scored 25 points to help the Mitchell Christian boys’ basketball team defeat Iroquois 78-24 Friday at Mitchell Christian School.

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“We are asking him to step up and he did that tonight on both ends of the court,” Mitchell Christian boys’ basketball coach Dennis Martin said.

The senior forward was 10-of-14 from the floor.

MCS also got a command performance from Austin Bormann. The junior guard finished with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Junior forward Chandler Nelson chipped in with 16 points, while sophomore Ethan Cooper added 11 points and eight rebounds.

“The kids came out ready to play,” Martin said. “We got down early but they did what we asked them to do. We really wanted to emphasize rebounding and defense. The kids came out well and kept after it.”

The Golden Eagles, who shot 31-of-61 from the field, outrebounded Iroquois 28-23.

Iroquois was led by Erik Wehlander, who finished with 15 points.

MCS (1-0) plays Kimball/White Lake Thursday in Kimball, while Iroquois (0-1) hosts Estelline Monday.

Mitchell Christian 78

Iroquois 24

MCS (1-0)

Austin Bormann 7-13 6-9 20 Cody Gromer 0-5 0-0 Ethan Cooper 5-10 1-1 11 Wes Vander Pol 10-14 2-2 25 Chandler Nelson 7-12 2-2 16 Levi Knight 1-2 0-0 2 Noah Vaughn-Bowman 2-2 0-0 4; Riley Shields 0-1 0-2 0 Craig VanZee 0-0 0-0 0.

Iroquois (0-1)

Zed White 2-6 0-3 4 Sean Sampson 0-4 2-2 2 Kenny Nelson 0-2 0-0 0 Blake Keating 1-4 0-0 2 Eric Wehlander 6-14 1-2 15 michael Hofhenke 0-2 1-2 1.

MCS 26 41 59 78

I 10 12 18 24

3-point goals: MCS 3-10 (VanderPol 3); Iroquois 2-10 (Wehlander 2); Rebounds: MCS 28 (Cooper 8-Borman 7) Iroquois 23 (Wehlander) 9;

Steals: MCS 20, Iroquois 3; Assists: MCS 16 (Borman 9, Gromer 3) Iroquois 5 (Hofhenke 2); Turnovers: MCS 8, Iroquois 25.

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