Hot-shooting Berthold too much for ORCS

Jaeden Jensen didn’t have to laud Our Redeemer’s Christian School’s defensive effort.

The way the Berthold guard and his cohorts waded through ORCS in a 63-45 District 12 win on Thursday night, the scoreboard would suggest the Knights were hard-pressed to get stops.

The Bombers – spearheaded by Jensen’s game-high 19 points – connected on seven of their nine threes in the first half and led by as many as 30 points.

But not because ORCS wasn’t in the right spots – Berthold was just on point.

“(ORCS) had pretty good defense,” said Jensen, who knocked down five 3s on the night. “We just moved the ball well. We played good defense and boarded up.”

Sophomore gunner Austin Lee (16 points) also had a hand in a first-half scoring frenzy that saw the Bombers score 48 of their points. Logan Gunderson (12 points) also reached double figures.

When Gunderson, the Bombers’ soft-handed big man, hit a trey early in the first half a scoring deluge ensued.

Berthold (14-1, 4-0), which capitalized on a bevy of ORCS turnovers, went into intermission on a 32-8 run.

“We’ve got some good 3-point shooters,” Berthold coach Brock Teets said. “We got them to fall in the first half, but I’m a little disappointed with how we played in the second half. We got a little too comfortable with that cushion.”

After struggling mightily offensively in the first half, the Knights found somewhat of a rhythm in the game’s latter stages.

Logan Sorum found his touch for ORCS, scoring 14 of his 18 points in the second half. His club outscored the Bombers 23-15 after intermission.

“We responded defensively (in the second half),” ORCS coach Jeremy Feller said. “But we wanted to wait until the game was comfortably out of our hands to play well.”

Sorum wasn’t the only one to find his touch late, as Micah Jacobsen (11 points) and Tanner Strand (10) reached double digits in scoring.

ORCS (11-5, 3-1) shot a respectable 8-for-10 from the free-throw line, but most of those attempts were late in the contest.

“I was very disappointed in our offensive tempo,” Feller said. “We couldn’t get five guys on the same page.”

ORCS travels to Des Lacs-Burlington on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.