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After Lone Tree tied the game 47-47 with 5:14 remaining in the game it looked like they had Iowa Mennonite on the ropes.
Iowa Mennonite coach Dwight Gingerich called a timeout with 4:55 remaining in the game and gathered his team, planning out their next move. Out of the timeout Mitchell Schmieder scored four straight points for Iowa Mennonite with a nice move in the lane and a layup off a steal.
Lone Tree called a timeout of their own to stop the bleeding, but Reggie Borntrager then scored five straight points including a three-point play and put Lone Tree out of reach on the way to a 63-53 Iowa Mennonite win.
The difference after the timeout according to Iowa Mennonite guard Trevor Leyden was making sure they were finding the right players on offense, something they struggled with in the third quarter.
“I think just putting in a lot of effort towards the end by hustling for balls, trusting our teammates and getting them the ball when they’re hot,” Leyden said.
Lone Tree took a brief lead in the third quarter off a Keegan Edwards jumper, but after that Lone Tree guard Bryce Houser said the Lions stopped going to their offense and it cost them.
“When we were tied, scoring and making runs we were running our offense and getting out in transition,” Houser said.
He said during some of the chaotic moments of the game they started playing too much individual basketball, a point Lone Tree coach Tom Squiers has made to the team.
“Coach said that when we run the offense we can compete with anyone,” Houser said.
After the 9-0 run from Iowa Mennonite, Brock Smith forced his way to the free-throw line on three straight Lion possessions. He only came away with one point in the five attempts while Iowa Mennonite was able to send Cole Ours to the line multiple times where he converted and kept Lone Tree at a double-digit deficit. Ours finished 9-11 from the free-throw line with 19 points overall.
Overall though Smith had a strong game for the Lions, finishing with 20 points on 8-15 shooting and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Austin Marshek had 16 points and Keegan Edwards had 14.
Iowa Mennonite had two others in double-digits with Reggie Borntrager adding 16 points and Mitchell Schmieder having 14 points shooting 7-9 from the floor.
Iowa Mennonite: 16; 15; 13; 19; 63
Lone Tree: 9; 17; 15; 12; 53
Cole Ours 19
Reggie Borntrager 16
Brock Smith 20
Reggie Borntrager 9
Mitchell Schmieder 8
Brock Smith 10
Keegan Edwards 5