Boys Basketball: C-I heads to semifinals in 64-50 win over Breckenridge
MINNEAPOLIS--Trey Jacobs just knows how to get open. The senior for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers found his way open for a team-high 26 points and Noah Gindorff couldn't be denied in the paint to lead the No. 3 seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 64-...
MINNEAPOLIS-Trey Jacobs just knows how to get open.
The senior for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers found his way open for a team-high 26 points and Noah Gindorff couldn't be denied in the paint to lead the No. 3 seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 64-50 victory over Breckenridge in Wednesday's Class 2A state quarterfinals.
For the third-straight game, Jacobs was the early spark plug the Rangers needed. The forward was 6-of-7 from the field and 2-2 from the line for a first-half high of 14 points. He finished shooting 10-of-13 from the field to send C-I to the semifinals of the championship bracket.
"They were getting up the line today and so we were doing a lot of UCLA cuts and back doors," said Jacobs. "My teammates were giving me good passes too that led to a lot of layups. Plus, I'm sneaky."
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Crosby-Ironton 64, Breckenridge 50
- Key: Strong shooting and defensive effort secures win
- Overall: CI 29-2, B 26-3
- Next: Crosby-Ironton in Class 2A state semifinals at Target Center, Minneapolis 8 p.m. Friday; Breckenridge in Class 2A consolation semifinals at Concordia University, St. Paul 8 p.m. Thursday
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Jacobs scored the first bucket of the second half, which ignited a 9-2 run leading to a 40-25 Ranger advantage.
Two Jacobs free throws handed C-I a 50-34 lead before the Cowboys started to chip away. Stevin Lipp scored his second basket of the second half and Noah Christensen drained a 3 followed by a Carson Yaggie 3 to cut C-I's lead to 52-45. C-I then scored six straight points, capped off by two more Jacobs free throws.
"He's so active," C-I head coach Dave Galovich said about Jacobs. "He's quick and he never tires out. He's constantly on the move. He'll get looks from out on the perimeter or he'll cut to the lane. He's just a relentless individual and he's very hard to guard."
Christensen then drained his second 3 of the second half to finish with nine second-half points and 12 total. That cut C-I's advantage to 58-48, but that was as close as Breckenridge would get.
Lipp, who led the Cowboys with 21 points, was held to just eight in the second half as Breckenridge shot 30.6 percent for the game. The Cowboys shot 32.4 percent in the second half and were able to secure six second-chance points in the second frame to keep the tension high in a very loud Williams Arena.
"When you leave it all on the floor and your players give their best effort what more can you ask for," Cowboys coach Arly Ohm said. "We did run some different offenses to get better looks in the second half. But a lot of it was finding ourselves on the big floor. Our kids have never been here before and it was a learning experience."
The Rangers learned all about Breckenridge's relentlessness as the Cowboys forced C-I into 17 turnovers and turned those into 24 points. C-I had nine turnovers in the second half alone.
"Their pressure was outstanding," Galovich said. "They are an extremely well coached team and they work hard. They were very resilient and we knew they weren't going anywhere and they proved that."
Jacobs scored six points during a 10-0 run in the first half that handed C-I a 25-16 advantage. Two Jack Silgen free throws and a Jacobs lay-in sandwiched a Lipp 3-pointer to close out the half with C-I leading 31-21.
Lipp led Breckenridge with 13 points, but was just 5-of-16 from the field. Yaggie and Christensen each drained 3s, but the Cowboys shot just 28.6 percent.
Breckenridge's pressure did force eight C-I turnovers, which they converted into 11 points. The Rangers capitalized for eight points off six Cowboy turnovers and scored 24 points in the paint.
Noah Gindorff finished the first half with six points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. He finished the game with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 14 rebounds, eight blocked shots and two assists.
"I definitely needed to use my side in the lane and always stay in good position to help on drives," Gindorff said. "Certainly on defense I was able to use my size and length to help.
"In the playoffs, I've dealt with some foul trouble so I had to stay in good position and still be aggressive at the same time. I had to always be seeing the ball and be aware of where it was."
Galovich agreed it may have been one of Gindorff's smarter defensive efforts.
"He did a great job of staying on his feet, while still getting several blocks. Defensively he really was an anchor for us."
Breckenridge 21 28-49
Crosby-Ironton 31 33-64
Carson Yaggie 10, Noah Christensen 15, Andrew Kram 2, Stevin Lipp 21, Sam Bakken 2. FG 19-62 (30.6 percent), FT 2-3 (66.7 percent). 3-point 10-24 (41.7 percent).
Jack Silgen 9, Evan Edmundson 10, Trey Jacobs 26, Jonathan Jacobson 4, Noah Gindorff 15. FG 26-38 (68.4 percent), FT 11-13 (84.6 percent). 3-point 1-8 (12.5 percent).