Howard boys bury 11 3-pointers in win over Mitchell Christian
Spader, Aslesen combine for 47 points
Class B No. 2 Howard hit 11 3-pointers and rolled to a 71-34 boys basketball win over Mitchell Christian on Thursday at the Corn Palace.
The Tigers led 29-7 after the first quarter and 43-19 at halftime. Howard, which has now won eight straight games, was powered by Dakota Wesleyan basketball recruits Tisyn Spader and Sam Aslesen.
Spader tossed in a game-high 26 points and hit four 3-pointers. Aslesen finished with 21 points.
“Howard is one of the top teams in the state,” Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said. “They have a really nice team and obviously two really nice players in Spader and Aslesen. I was proud of the way our teams competed tonight.”
Brayden Hinker chipped in with three 3-pointers, while Aslesen, Ryder Erickson, Jace Sifore and Luke Koepsell each hit a 3-pointer.
Mitchell Christian’s Nathanael Anderberg finished with 16 points and Aiden Lieber scored 10 points.
Howard (15-1) plays at Dell Rapids St. Mary on Feb. 11. Mitchell Christian (2-12) plays at James Valley Christian on Feb. 9.
“They are a team with a similar record to us,” Tolsma said. “The key for us is really going to be executing our game plan for 32 minutes and really controlling our pace and tempo that we want to play with.”
Howard 71, Mitchell Christian 34
Howard (15-1): Ryder Erickson 3, Tisyn Spader 26, Jace Sifore 5, Brayden Hinker 9, Sam Aslesen 21, Samuel Callies 2, Luke Koepsell 3, Logan Mentele 2. Totals 23 14-17 71.
Mitchell Christian (2-12): Aiden Lieber 10, Nathanael Anderberg 16, Micah Frey 2, Nahum Anderberg 4, Jo Tegethoff 2. Totals 11-30 12-18 34