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Mitchell Christian boys' stifling defense shuts down Chiefs

IROQUOIS--The Mitchell Christian boys basketball team's defensive effort resulted in 12 steals, three blocks and a 48-28 road win over Iroquois on Monday for its second straight win.

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IROQUOIS-The Mitchell Christian boys basketball team's defensive effort resulted in 12 steals, three blocks and a 48-28 road win over Iroquois on Monday for its second straight win.

The Golden Eagles (2-2) held the Chiefs (1-1) to single-digit scoring in three quarters, including three points in the first quarter and nine in the second.

"It's always nice to get a win on the road," Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said. "No win is easy, so it's good to pick up a second one heading into the Christmas break."

Although, after a 20-12 halftime lead was cut to 28-26 after three, the Golden Eagles' strong defense came back. Mitchell Christian forced turnovers, leading to easy fastbreak layups, while its shot selection improved, too. It resulted in the Golden Eagles outscoring the Chiefs 20-2 in the final frame to run away with the win.

"I thought they did a nice job executing down the stretch finding good, quality shots," Tolsma said. "We really struggled in the first few quarters. We were out of rhythm a lot of the game."

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Alec Nelson led the Golden Eagles with nine steals, but Iroquois also had no answer for him offensively. Nelson also continued his hot streak on the offensive end, making 11 of 23 shots as he scored 28 points, dished out three assists and grabbed four rebounds.

It was more than a one-man show, though. Joey Feiner and Luke Knutson both scored six points and Ty Vander Pol grabbed 16 rebounds to go along with five points.

"Ty did a great job for us on the glass and that's something we've challenged him," Tolsma said. "He has to own that glass on the offensive and defensive side. ... He really does a great job bringing scoring and rebounding for our team."

Mitchell Christian plays Dominican (Wisc.) at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28 at the Corn Palace.

Mitchell Christian 48, Iroquois 28

Mitchell Christian (2-2): Alec Nelson 11-23 5-7 28, Joey Feiner 2-8 0-0 6, Luke Knutson 3-5 0-0 6, Ty Vander Pol 2-3 1-5 5, May Reynen 1-2 0-0 3, Jens Enga 0-1 0-0 0, Nathanael Anderberg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-42 6-12 48.

Iroquois (1-1): Sean McManus 1 0-0 2, Addison Reed 2 0-0 4, Adam Keating 3 0-0 9, Keistan Dubro 1 0-0 2, Carlos Calero 1 0-0 2, Cole Nelson 0 0-0 0, Reilyn Zavesky 1 0-0 2, Brandon Decker 2 2-4 7. Totals 7 2-4 28.

3-pointers: MCS 4-13 (Feiner 2-6, Reynen 1-2, Nelson 1-5); Iroquois 4 (Keating 3, Decker 1). Total fouls: MCS 11; Iroquois 20.

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MCS 6 20 28 48

IRO 3 12 26 28

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