Boys Basketball Updates: Bluejackets split pair of M-8 contests
The Bombers shot 65 percent from the field– including hitting 11-of-20 three-pointers—in a dominating 102-34 home win over Hinckley-Finlayson Jan. 7. Six players scored in double figures: Tyler Vaughan (25), Ben Thiry (22), Erik Vavra (13), Bret Cuda (12), Cameron Braund (10) and Drew Klemz (10).
Thiry went 4-for-6 from the arc, with Vavra (3-for-3) and Cuda (2-for-2) perfect on deep shots. Thiry was also active with 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Vaughan led the defense with 9 steals and Thiry collected 6 as the Bombers totaled 27 steals and forced 32 Jag turnovers to raise their GRC record to 3-0.
Braham 78, Aitkin 38
Cameron Braund doubled up with 21 points and 14 rebounds (11 O-boards) in the Bombers’ win over the Gobblers. More leading scorers were Tyler Vaughan (19), Erik Vavra (16) and Ben Thiry (15).
GRC Boys Basketball
Braham 4-0, 9-1; East Central 5-0, 8-2; Rush City 4-1, 6-3; Isle 3-1, 6-3; Pine City 3-3, 3-4; Aitkin 2-4, 3-7; Hinckley-Fin. 2-4, 2-4; Onamia 0-4, 1-7; Ogilvie 0-6, 0-6.
Buffalo 42, Cambridge-Isanti 32
It’s going to be a gritty run in Mississippi 8 boys basketball in 2011, evidenced by the Bison’s home win over the Bluejackets Jan. 7. Buffalo played a tough man-to-man while Cambridge-Isanti countered with a blanketing zone, and outside shooting sparked both offenses in C-I’s M-8 opener.
Buffalo held a 20-13 lead at the break, but the Bluejackets climbed back to take a 28-26 lead with just over 6 minutes remaining when Ryan Rosenberg sunk four straight three-pointers and Ted Lutterman nailed another ‘3.’ The Bison eventually took a two-point lead, then two long possessions were ended with made shots from the arc to create an 8-point edge.
“I think the competition in the conference is as well balanced as it’s ever been. Buffalo is coming in as the four–time defending champs, but there are a number of teams right there in the top level of the conference,” said C-I Coach Mike McDonald.
Rosenberg finished with 15 points for the Jackets, and Lutterman scored 12.
C-I Boys 54, Princeton 52
The Jackets evened their M-8 boys basketball record at 1-1 with a road win Jan. 11, getting a winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Ted Lutterman poured in 26 points, and Tom Selz added 10 points for the Bluejackets.
M-8 Boys Basketball
Buffalo 3-0, 6-3; St. Michael-Alb. 2-0, 7-4; Rogers 2-1, 7-3; Big Lake 2-1, 6-4; Cambridge-Isanti 1-1, 5-3; Zimmerman 1-2, 8-3; Princeton 1-2, 3-6; Becker 0-3, 2-7; Monticello 0-2, 2-9.