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Menning spurs Corsica-Stickney in comeback win over Bridgewater-Emery

Corsica-Stickney started slow but finished fast against Bridgewater-Emery on Saturday. Spurred by Clayton Menning's 26 points, the short-handed Jaguars rallied past the Huskies in the fourth quarter and held on for a 45-43 win in the second game ...

Corsica-Stickney's Landon DeBoer, center, looks to shoot the ball as Bridgewater-Emery's Cade Schmitt, left, and Colton Plagmann, top, try to defend him during the second game of the DWU Culver's Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer/Republic)
Corsica-Stickney's Landon DeBoer, center, looks to shoot the ball as Bridgewater-Emery's Cade Schmitt, left, and Colton Plagmann, top, try to defend him during the second game of the DWU Culver's Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

Corsica-Stickney started slow but finished fast against Bridgewater-Emery on Saturday.

Spurred by Clayton Menning's 26 points, the short-handed Jaguars rallied past the Huskies in the fourth quarter and held on for a 45-43 win in the second game of the Dakota Wesleyan University Culver's Classic at the Corn Palace.

Trailing Bridgewater-Emery 41-35 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars closed the game on a 10-2 run and watched the Huskies' game-tying shot miss as the buzzer sounded.

"Defensively, we just got more aggressive and then we executed on offense," Corsica-Stickney head coach Mike Tuschen said. "We didn't rush things down the stretch, we just picked away. It was all about executing as a team."

The Huskies (12-5) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and led throughout the contest until a Menning jumper put Corsica-Stickney in front 44-43 with under two minutes remaining.

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"We didn't get many of those 50-50 chances and they were beating us to the ball," said Bridgewater-Emery head coach Scott Schultz, who added the 35-second shot clock (not required for Class B games) did not affect his team down the stretch. "We got into a rut and didn't get very good looks and then they made a couple of shots. That was the difference. We played hard enough, but we needed to secure the ball a little better and get some better looks at the end."

The Jaguars (13-3), who were missing regular starters Eli Van Roekel and Landon Bruinsma because of injury, went 17-of-43 from the field for 39 percent shooting in the win. Josh Moser had eight points, while Reed Baan Hofman chipped in six points for Corsica-Stickney.

"We knew with Van Roekel not playing that someone was going to pick up the slack," Schultz said about Menning's performance. "He played a great game and he just had a nice flow going, no matter which guy we put on him."

Cole Gassman led the Huskies with 14 points, while Sam Arend added 12 points. Bridgewater-Emery went 15-of-52 from the field for 28 percent shooting in the loss.

Tuschen said Bruinsma will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg but expects Van Roekel to return to the court soon.

"They are a huge part of our program but we've seen some maturity and some players have stepped up," Tuschen said. "Hopefully, when we get Eli back we'll reach another level."

Corsica-Stickney (13-3) plays Tripp-Delmont/Armour on Tuesday in Armour, while Bridgewater-Emery (12-5) plays Centerville on Monday in Bridgewater.

CS 5 22 33 45

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BE 11 23 35 43

Corsica-Stickney (13-3)

Scoring: Josh Moser 8 Clayton Menning 26 Cordel Menning 4 Reed Baan Hofman 6 Blake Moke 1

Bridgewater-Emery (12-5)

Cole Gassman 14 Sawyer Schultz 4 Sam Arend 12 Jamin Arend 3 Colton Plagmann 6 Cade Schmitt 4

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