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Menno takes District 9B title

FREEMAN--No fourth quarter field goals, no problem. That was the case for Menno, which counted on five made free throws to hold off a Parker comeback and grab a 39-36 win to claim the District 9B crown in boys basketball on Friday in Freeman. The...

FREEMAN-No fourth quarter field goals, no problem.

That was the case for Menno, which counted on five made free throws to hold off a Parker comeback and grab a 39-36 win to claim the District 9B crown in boys basketball on Friday in Freeman.

The final two minutes saw Parker have two shots to tie the game. After a Menno missed free throw, the Pheasants Brody Bierle came up short on a shot and with 5.6 seconds left the Wolves Kelby Peters made the first but missed the second of two free throws.

After a Parker timeout, Bierle launched a long 3-pointer that rimmed out at the buzzer.

"We've talked about that next play mentality all year. Our boys did a great job of putting things behind them and continuing to focus and stick to the game plan." Menno coach Alex Warnke said. "We hit some big free throws down the stretch, especially from our seniors. That's their leadership coming through at the end."

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Menno (14-8) will take on Irene-Wakonda in the Region 5B title game on Tuesday at 7p.m in Tea.

The Wolves were leading 34-27 to start the final period and built a lead of 10 points at 37-27 as Menno center Jacob Hertz hit three of four free throws.

However, with just more than five minutes remaining, the Pheasants got back into the contest with a 9-1 run. Parker pulled within two points at the two-minute mark.

"We didn't execute very well against their zone early and we didn't shoot the ball well," Parker coach Dave Fuller stated. "We had shots to tie it at the end but we shouldn't have been down that far. We seemed out of sorts and never got into the flow of the game as well as we normally do."

Both teams struggled to open the contest with poor shooting and turnovers.

The Wolves tied the game at 2 with 3:50 left in the first period. Parker led 10-7 with 1:37 left but a free throw from Troy Bohlmann and a basket by Tyus Ryherd let the Wolves tie the game at 10 going into the second quarter.

Three-point baskets from Menno's Spencer Schultz and Bohlmann gave the Wolves a 16-10 advantage early in the period and then took a 20-15 lead into intermission.

Leading 27-23 half way through the third quarter, the Wolves looked to take control of the game with a 7-0 run and a 34-23 advantage. The run was powered by a defense that kept switching from a zone to man-to-man.

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"We tried to switch it up just to keep them guessing and keep them out of sync," Warnke said of his defensive scheme.

Menno was led by Hertz, as he had 17 points and seven rebounds. Schultz also contributed 10 points in the win.

The Wolves shot 45 percent from the floor and 9-of-17 for 53 percent from the free-throw line. Menno grabbed 24 rebounds and turned the ball over 12 times.

Peters led the Pheasants attack with 13 points.

Parker (11-11) was 16-of-34 for 47 percent from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. The Pheasants had 21 rebounds.

P 10 15 27 36

M 10 20 34 39

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