No. 7 RSM boys win seventh straight by beating Hinton
HINTON — It was lucky number seven coming through for the Remsen St. Mary’s boys basketball team on Monday as the Class 1A No. 7 ranked Hawks came away with their seventh consecutive win by beating Hinton 58-35.
“I was just happy we got through this one, this is our fourth game in five days,” RSM co-Head Coach Scott Ruden said. “I knew the boys were tired and mentally fatigued and it showed, so we got out of here with a pretty good win for playing as good of game as we did.”
The streak matches the team’s longest stretch of consecutive wins which the team also had to start the season.
RSM set the tone for a balanced game by having five different players score points in the first quarter, more players than Hinton would have score the entire night as all of their scoring came from just four people. Spencer Schorg and Jaxon Bunkers knocked down 3-pointers, Brayden Ricke and Austin Jensen added baskets and Noah Schroeder sank a pair of free throws in the first eight minutes to help the Hawks get out to a 16-6 advantage.
The Hawks got 3-pointers from Ricke, Skyler Waldschmitt and Bunkers in the second quarter as the team stretched the lead out to 31-13 by halftime.
Hinton was unable to answer from beyond the arc. The team attempted just four threes the entire game, well below their season average of 16 attempts per contest, and made none from distance.
“The thing that kind of showed up on my stat sheet is that we didn’t make any threes,” Hinton Head Coach John Spies said. “I think that was something that they took away from us. That was a big cause for trouble for us.”
Hinton was able to make a bit of a run in the third quarter as Spencer Schorg sat on the bench after picking up his fourth foul. Caleb Holmes scored on three consecutive fast-break opportunities for Hinton as part of his game-high 15 points and an old-fashioned three-point play from Jake Koons, part of his nine points, helped close the gap down from as many as 22 points down to 15.
“We got them to turn it over a few times with our press, so I was fairly happy with the way our guys played for the most part,” Spies said. “It was just when we stole the ball, for some reason tonight, we didn’t score on our steals and that is a big part of our offense is after we steal the basketball is to score and tonight we didn’t get that done.”
Schorg eventually fouled out of the game and didn’t score after halftime as he ended with nine points. Ruden said the rest of the team adjusted with Schorg being hindered by foul trouble in the second half.
“Got a little worried when he got into foul trouble, but we had some kids pick it up,” Ruden said. “Carter, his little brother, picked it up.”
While Hinton had their short spurt late in the third quarter, they were unable to sustain it after that and were once again outscored in the fourth quarter. In the end, Spies said it all came down to not getting enough shots to fall.
“You’ve got to score to press,” Spies said. “I thought our kids played relatively good defense. Remsen St. Mary’s is a good team. Holding the Schorg kid to nine, attacking him and putting him into foul situations helped us out. Our kids executed the game plan, we just didn’t make enough shots and that’s because they play good defense.”
Along with the scoring from Holmes and Koons, the rest of the team’s total came on nine points from Justin Kirwan and one made basket from Desmond Riley.
The balanced scoring night from the Hawks ended with nine players tallying points with only one, Austin Jensen with 12, reaching double figures. Ruden said it was good to see the production from Jensen.
“We actually put him back to JV just to get him some more minutes, and some more reps and some more confidence and it paid off,” Ruden said. “His confidence is coming back and he’s starting to play like he played at the end of last year. Again, when you can rotate two guys who can be threats, that’s huge. I’m liking the way things are coming together for us.”
Ricke matched Spencer Schorg with nine while Bunkers added eight which included a pair of 3-pointers.
Hinton falls to 11-6 on the season and a tough stretch of games continues later this week as the Blackhawks will host Class 2A top-ranked West Sioux on Thursday and then Class 1A No. 6 ranked South O’Brien on Friday.
Those two teams are also the only two teams who have beaten Remsen St. Mary’s this season as they move to 16-2 on the year. They will next be in action on Saturday morning in Sioux Falls against Tea Area as part of the Sanford Pentagon High School Basketball Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
RSM: Points- Jensen 12, S. Schorg 9, Ricke 9, Bunkers 8, C. Schorg 6, S. Waldschmitt 5, Homan 5, L. Waldschmitt 2, N. Schroeder 2.
Hinton: Points-Holmes 15, Kirwan 9, Koons 9, Riley 2.