365体育投注Charlie Hodge hit a milestone and the Menahga boys basketball team took advantage of 34 fouls to end the regular season with an 81-70 victory over Park Rapids at Menahga on Friday, Feb. 28.
365体育投注The Braves made 37 of 53 free throws in the game, including going 11 for 14 in the final 7:06 to spark a game-ending 26-13 run.
365体育投注Hodge reached the 1,000-point scoring mark with a layup with 16:46 to play in the first half to give Menahga a 4-3 lead. The first half featured five ties and 12 lead changes before Menahga carried a 42-38 lead into the half.
A 3-pointer by Kolby Brandt, three jumpers by Nick Michaelson, a jumper by Shawn Ohm and a basket off a rebound by Parker Harmon gave the Panthers a 16-11 advantage at the 12:53 mark. Hodge hit a 3-pointer for the Braves during that stretch.
Menahga responded by making six free throws and using a 3-pointer and two baskets by Hodge to claim a 23-20 lead at the 9:10 mark. A layup by Kaiden Walsh and a jumper by Michaelson put Park Rapids in front 24-23 at the 8:23 mark before a layup off a steal by Wade Berttunen gave the Braves a 27-24 edge at the 7:18 mark. A 3-pointer by James Hartig provided Park Rapids with a 31-29 lead with 4:42 to play before Menahga took the lead behind eight free throws, a layup by Jonah Howard and a 3-pointer by Berttunen. Three-pointers by Hartig and Jeff Haas kept the Panthers within 42-38 at the break.
365体育投注Menahga made 21 of 30 free throws to offset 13 turnovers in the first half while the Panthers had 15 turnovers while missing 9 of 13 free throws. Park Rapids committed 19 fouls in the first half.
The start of the second half featured four ties and six lead changes before Menahga took the lead for good.
A layup by Tristan Aho kept the Braves in front 46-42 with 14:09 to play before three inside baskets by Michaelson gave Park Rapids a 49-46 lead with 12:04 to go. Two more layups by Michaelson and a layup by Ohm offset two inside baskets by Howard and a layup by Berttunen as the Panthers maintained a 55-54 lead with 9:05 remaining. A jumper by Michaelson made it 57-55 with 7:50 left.
Andreas Aho scored off a steal, Howard scored on a layup and Hodge hit a 3-pointer to give Menahga a 63-57 advantage with 5:35 to play. Jumpers by Michaelson and Haas and a layup by Ohm kept Park Rapids within 71-65 with 3:30 showing, but Tristan Aho’s two free throws and a layup pushed the Braves’ lead to 75-65 at the 1:41 mark. Hartig’s layup and Ohm’s 3-pointer made it 77-70, but Andreas Aho hit four free throws in the final 31 seconds to preserve the win.
Howard had a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five steals while Hodge led the way with 23 points and seven steals. Tristan Aho added 19 points and seven rebounds while Berttunen had 12 points and four assists and Andreas Aho had 11 points. The win gave Menahga a 12-14 record entering the Section 8AA tournament.
365体育投注The Panthers, who finished with 24 turnovers while going 7 for 22 on free throws, were led by MIchaelson’s double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds with four steals. Gabe Arola grabbed eight rebounds and Haas had seven assists as Park Rapids fell to 3-23 on the season.
“The keys to winning were converting on those free throw chances and taking care of the basketball. Park Rapids was very aggressive in their 1-3-1 trap, and we allowed ourselves to get trapped at times. When we slowed things down, moved the ball and stayed out of the areas where they were trapping, we were successful,” said Menahga head coach Zach Kaiser. “Usually a team wants to push the ball in order to not allow the zone to set up, but Park Rapids was setting up in it in transition and we'd speed dribble into trap spots. When we reversed the ball as the trap was coming, we were able to find guys open down low and take advantage of the pressure up top.”