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Area Boys Basketball: Big second half helps Rangers roll Huskies

Crosby-Ironton 65, Pillager 52 Key: C-I's 13-0 run early in second half Overall: C-I 9-2, Pill 10-3 Next: Crosby-Ironton at Duluth Marshall 11 a.m. Saturday; Pillager hosts New York Mills 7:30 p.m. Tuesday CROSBY--It was unlucky No. 13 for the Pi...

Crosby-Ironton’s Noah Gindorff goes up for a shot while Pillager’s Lee Quick (25) defends Friday at Crosby. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)
Crosby-Ironton’s Noah Gindorff goes up for a shot while Pillager’s Lee Quick (25) defends Friday at Crosby. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)

Crosby-Ironton 65, Pillager 52

Key: C-I's 13-0 run early in second half

Overall: C-I 9-2, Pill 10-3

Next: Crosby-Ironton at Duluth Marshall 11 a.m. Saturday; Pillager hosts New York Mills 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

CROSBY-It was unlucky No. 13 for the Pillager Huskies Friday.

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The Crosby-Ironton Rangers used a 13-0 run early in the second half to distance themselves for a 65-52 victory at Ranger Gym in a Section 7-2A matchup.

It was a run facilitated by Pillager turnovers and C-I's ability to capitalize on those turnovers. The Rangers forced 18 Pillager turnovers and scored 17 points on them. Five of C-I's 13 points on its run came off of turnovers.

"I thought our press hurt them a couple of times," said Ranger head coach Dave Galovich, "We got a few turnovers that we were able to convert into points. That was very important. It started right at the end of the first half when Trey (Jacobs) hit that big 3 right a the end. That gave us a little cushion and we were able to build on that. A lot of that was defensively we had some stops and were able to convert some things into points."

C-I's big run tarnished what had been a tight contest. The first half featured 10 lead changes and three ties before a Trey Jacobs 3-pointer near the end of the half gave C-I a 34-29 halftime lead. But it was Pillager that held the edge for most of the first half.

Lee Quick, who finished with a team-high 18 points, scored 10 of those in the first half. Ryan Foehrenbacher also scored 10 first-half points before leaving the game with an ankle injury.

"The turnovers hurt us," said Pillager head coach Erik Uselman. "We talked about being aggressive on that press and in the first half we were attacking that a little bit better and we were getting some good transition movement out of it. Then in the second half we went into a little lull.

"That first half we were just hustling and scrapping and getting after it. We were playing our style of basketball. We weren't doing anything fancy. We plan on outworking everybody when we step on the floor and I think we were just more confident and looking to attack. The second half, (Noah) Gindorff got going a little bit on us."

Gindorff and Jacobs each had 10 first-half points for the Rangers. Gindorff, a big junior post, led all scorers with 22 points to go with eight rebounds and six assists. C-I outrebounded Pillager 27-19.

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Jacobs finished with 18 points and Evan Edmundson scored 13 for the 9-3 Rangers.

"It was a game that we thought it would be," Galovich said. "They have a good squad and have a nice year going. This is one of two section games that they have so we knew that they would be ready to play and no question they were. They came out firing and I thought they shot the ball well in that first half.

"I don't think, initially, that we were moving our feet real well. But then the second half I thought we settled in defensively."

Down 51-34 after C-I's big run, Pillager rattled off a 6-0 run to cut C-I's lead to 10, but Pillager shot just 10-of-28 in the second half compared to 14-of-23 in the first half.

"This was a good measuring stick for us," said Uselman. "That was a good basketball team. This was a big game for us as far as section is concerned. We knew that. Unfortunately with us bouncing around to Section 7-2A we have a lot of Section 6 games on our schedule and that doesn't mean much to the Section 7 guys.

"I think we played them solid and I would love to see them again in tournament time."

Jack Silgen added eight points and seven assists for C-I, which has won six straight. Ridge Hunstad scored 11 points for Pillager, which saw its six-game winning streak snapped.

"When we got our biggest lead it seemed that we may have taken a few ill-advised shots," said Galovich. "But that's OK. Sometimes you have to have games like this so the kids realize that and point those things out.

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"It was a good win for us. A good game for us."

Pillager 29 23 - 52

Crosby-Ironton 34 31 - 65

PILLAGER

Chris Ramsey 1, Ridge Hunstad 11, Damian Fink 5, Gage Kuehl 5, Ryan Foehrenbacher 10, Lee Quick 18, Tanner Swenson 2. FG 24-52 (46 percent), FT 2-4 (50 percent). 3-point 2-6 (33 percent).

CROSBY-IRONTON

Jack Silgen 8, Evan Edmundson 13, Trey Jacobs 18, Ben Jordan 4, Noah Gindorff 22. FG 26-56 (46 percent), FT 9-15 (60 percent). 3-point 4-18 (2 percent).

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop .

Crosby-Ironton’s Jack Silgen (4) goes up for a shot while Pillager’s Lee Quick defends Friday at Crosby. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)
Crosby-Ironton’s Jack Silgen (4) goes up for a shot while Pillager’s Lee Quick defends Friday at Crosby. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)

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