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First-half run gives Mitchell Christian bounce back win over Alcester-Hudson

MADISON--The Mitchell Christian School boys basketball team was looking to bounce back from its 10-point loss to Ethan on Thursday when it squared off with Alcester-Hudson on Saturday in the DSU Classic.

Mitchell Christian's Luke Knutson looks for room to shoot inside against Alcester-Hudson's Eli Skoglund (12) and Will Kolleck (21) during the Dakota State University Shootout Saturday in Madison. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)
Mitchell Christian's Luke Knutson looks for room to shoot inside against Alcester-Hudson's Eli Skoglund (12) and Will Kolleck (21) during the Dakota State University Shootout Saturday in Madison. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

MADISON-The Mitchell Christian School boys basketball team was looking to bounce back from its 10-point loss to Ethan on Thursday when it squared off with Alcester-Hudson on Saturday in the DSU Classic.

The Golden Eagles used a 20-1 run in the first half to take the lead and never looked back en route to a 67-51 victory to get back to .500 on the season.

"I thought they did a good job of coming out with a nice pace," MCS head coach Jesse Tolsma said. "That was one of the things we talked about was playing a full 32 minutes. They came out ready and did a really good job on the defensive end of taking away (Alcester-Hudson's) strengths. It was a good bounce back game."

Alec Nelson poured in 35 points against Ethan, but the rest of the team only chipped in 13 points. Against Alcester-Hudson, Nelson had another strong performance with a game-high 29 points, eight rebounds and six steals, but the Golden Eagles also got some secondary scoring.

Ty Vander Pol had a strong all-around game with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Jens Enga got into the mix off the bench with a career-high 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting, while also pitching in eight rebounds.

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"If you're going to be a good team, you have to have a balanced effort," Tolsma said. "Going into the second half of the year, teams are going to try to take away your strengths. Ty had one of his better games of the year. He came out really aggressive and Jens did a great job coming off the bench, bringing a lot of energy."

Eli Skoglund led Alcester-Hudson (6-7) with 25 points and nine rebounds, but shot 9 of 23 for the game.

Mitchell Christian (6-6) is back in action against Mount Vernon/Plankinton on Tuesday in Plankinton.

Mitchell Christian 67, Alcester-Hudson 51

Alcester-Hudson (6-7): Eric Topete 2-3 0-0 4, Mason Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Jadon Micke 1-3 1-2 3, Jason Wennblom 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Griffith 0-2 0-0 0, Eli Skoglund 9-23 3-5 25; Kolby Schiefen 0-0 0-0 0, Will Kolleck 1-4 0-0 2, Alex Winquist 1-8 0-0 2, Wyatt Boisvert 2-4 0-0 4, Jaxon Doering 4-14 1-1 11. Totals 20-61 5-8 51.

Mitchell Christian (6-6): Max Reynen 0-0 0-0 0, Joey Feiner 1-10, 3-6 6, Micah Frey 0-2 0-0 0, Alec Nelson 10-18 7-10 29, Jens Enga 4-5 2-2 10, Nathanael Anderberg 0-1 0-0 0, Dawson Sprinkel 0-0 0-0 0, Luke Knutson 4-6 1-2 9, Ty Vander Pol 3-8 6-6 13, Braeden Nydam 0-2 0-0 0, Anders Enga 0-0 0-0 0, Reegan Nydam 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 19-26 67.

AH 25 51

MCS 37 67

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3-point field goals: AH 6-29 (Skoglund 4-14, Doering 2-4, Micke 0-1, Boisvert 0-1, Griffith 0-2, Winquist 0-7); MCS 4-16 (Nelson 2-5, Vander Pol 1-2, Feiner 1-7, Frey 0-1, B.Nydam 0-1). Rebounds: AH 41 (Skoglund 9), MCS 35 (Nelson 8, J.Enga 8, Vander Pol 8). Assists: AH 7 (Skoglund 3), MCS 9 (Vander Pol 6). Turnovers: AH 23, MCS 14. Total fouls: AH 18, MCS 12.

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