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Third-quarter takeover

Knights cruise past Glenburn for 70-38 win

Justin Martinez/MDN Our Redeemer’s senior Matthew Hendrickson goes up for a layup with three Glenburn players contesting during the Knights’ 70-38 win at home on Tuesday.

The Panthers managed to hang around for two quarters before things got out of hand.

The Our Redeemer’s boys basketball team (6-9, 3-3 District 12) wasn’t out of the woods quite yet at halftime of its home game against Glenburn (6-9, 1-5 District 12) on Tuesday. After two quarters, the Knights held a 28-16 edge and were looking to build on their lead.

The team did just that, dominating the Panthers in a second half filled with three-point bombs, perfectly-timed steals and a few flashy passes for good measure. When the final buzzer sounded, the Knights walked off their home court with a resounding 70-38 victory.

“It’s nice to get back in the win column,” ORCS head coach Brody Bosch said. “I thought we finally responded after halftime… A lot of guys really found some confidence tonight.”

The Knights took an early lead and held onto it all the way up until halftime thanks to a strong performance by Matthew and Zachary Hendrickson. The sibling duo tallied eight and seven points respectively to combine for 17 of the team’s 28 points.

Despite the Hendricksons’ success, the Panthers stayed within striking distance and trailed 28-16 at the midway point. That’s when Bosch challenged his team to up its intensity.

“I think our effort wasn’t all the way there in the first half,” Bosch said. “You can’t really control shots not falling, but you can control effort. We talked a lot about that (at halftime).”

It didn’t take long for the Knights to show they were up for the challenge.

The first person to answer the call was sophomore Levi Weekley. After connecting on one shot from deep in the first half, the 6-foot-5 forward made Glenburn pay for giving him space around the perimeter by splashing home three straight triples to give his team a 39-23 edge.

“Sometimes you just get hot,” Weekley said. “And apparently I did today. We passed the ball around, found the open guy and played with no selfishness.”

Next to make his presence known was Landon Lang. After making a layup, the 6-foot-1 junior stole a pass on the following defensive play and dished a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Zachary Hendrickson for an easy finish that brought the crowd to its feet.

Weekley’s three-point barrage and Lang’s highlight-reel assist were all part of a 17-3 Our Redeemer’s run. The Knights finished the quarter with 28 points and a commanding 56-27 lead.

“That’s probably the best quarter we’ve played, team wise, this year,” Bosch said. “It’s really good to see that this time of year.”

The Knights had no trouble sealing the deal in the final frame, as they unloaded their bench and cruised to the 70-38 win.

Sophomore guard Jalyn Derr finished with a team-high 10 points for Glenburn in the losing effort.

Four Our Redeemer’s, players finished with double-digit points: Zachary Hendrickson (17), Matthew Hendrickson (15), Weekley (14) and Lang (11).

The Knights will look to keep sharing the rock and stay in the win column when they travel to take on Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.

“We just have to keep moving the ball, play great defense and box out,” Weekley said. “If we do those things, we’ll be set for the rest of the season and against Mohall.”

Justin Martinez covers Minot High School sports and Class B high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @JTheSportsDude.

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