Sorum gets hot early, Knights down Glenburn
Glenburn scoring machine Houston Lavachek wasn’t the only prolific long-range bomber in the Our Redeemer’s Christian School gym on Friday night.
ORCS senior Logan Sorum drilled four first-half 3-pointers and poured in 16 points in the second quarter to give the Knights a lead they didn’t relinquish in a 70-58 District 12 victory.
“It’s easy when the hoop looks like a hula hoop,” said Sorum, who finished with a team-high 25 points. “Everything was falling for me.”
The Knights (11-3, 3-0 district) led 49-27 at halftime and appeared poised to run the Panthers out of the gym.
But a Lavachek-led comeback eventually pulled Glenburn (6-5, 1-2) within striking distance. When the lanky 6-7 forward sank a pull-up jump shot with two minutes, 20 second remaining, the margin was just 63-56 in favor of ORCS.
The Knights, who finished 16-of-28 at the foul line, hit 8-of-10 down the stretch to put the game away.
“I definitely like the way we responded,” ORCS coach Jeremy Feller said. “We’ve kind of been in a lull the last six games; it’s almost like we tried everything we could to lose the last six. I thought we came out and set the tone early.”
Early on, it was Knights freshman Ben Talley, who used his 6-4 frame to get easy buckets inside. Talley led the Knights with seven points after one quarter before Sorum’s explosion in the second. Sorum hit three triples and an assortment of pull-up jumpers in his unconscious eight-minute display.
“Logan got hot,” Feller said. “The nice thing about what we did when we were 7-0 in December is we were able to find people that were hot and find a mismatch, and use it. When we were 3-3 over the last six games, we weren’t able to recognize those things and tried to do stuff on our own, so it was definitely a nice team win tonight.”
Lavachek was held scoreless in a first quarter in which he only took three shots. Glenburn coach Larry Derr said he thought the Knights, who often double-teamed Lavachek, were getting away with holding and playing overly physical.
The Panthers’ go-to player eventually broke loose, though, and finished with a game-high 27 points.
“He’s just a big-time player,” Derr said. “He’s gonna get his points. We needed some of his teammates to step up and help him out.”
ORCS senior Tanner Strand scored 13 points and junior Micah Jacobsen added 12 in addition to his pesky defensive performance on Lavachek.
“Micah played great defense tonight and his teammates were always there to help him out,” Feller said. “They were there to double. It was a team effort tonight. (Lavachek) ended with 27, but he had to work very hard for every point.”
The Panthers received a solid contribution from 6-foot-6 freshman Dustin Weeks, who finished with 12 points and a handful of boards and blocked shots.
Both teams are back in action today. ORCS travels to Rugby and Glenburn plays Parshall in the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Super Saturday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.