Knights have more ammo
Munich-Starkweather didn’t sub, it called timeouts.
Near the midway point of each quarter, the Magic Storm stopped play to take a breather. With a five-man rotation scratching and clawing to avoid getting blown out by Our Redeemer’s Christian School, they needed more than a bit of rest.
But the Knights’ depth wore out M-S in the fourth quarter as host ORCS posted a 63-49 victory at Class B Day.
Six-foot-5 senior standout Lucas Dick went off for 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic Storm (2-6), but had little help around him.
ORCS (7-0) had three players in double figures, led by junior Davis Koppinger’s 14-point, 14-rebound outing.
“The difference is they got more bullets in their holster than we do,” said M-S coach Stanley Dick, Lucas’ uncle. “I got like a six-shooter with three or four bullets and they got a full load.”
Sophomore Nathan Demme chipped in 11 points off the bench, while senior Nick Stenvold and sophomore Josh VanLith added 10 and eight, respectively.
“Depth helps a lot because we can always get some fresh guys out there, guys who are ready to run,” Koppinger said. “We don’t get tired and we get a lot of breaks, too.”
Koppinger drained back-to-back baskets to spark a 9-0 run in the first quarter that gave the Knights a 20-9 advantage. ORCS forced three turnovers during the spurt, making for easy buckets in space.
‘That’s kind of what we do,” ORCS coach Jeremy Feller said. “We play well in transition and we make extra passes when we’re at our best.”
The Knights took a 12-point lead into halftime, then scored the first six points out of the break for a 41-23 bulge.
“This is one of those games where basically I play five guys the whole time and if you get a break it’s because of foul trouble or maybe a guy just has to have a blow,” Stanley Dick said.
M-S took a full timeout in an attempt to stop the bleeding, and to rest five sets of tired legs. The short intermission worked.
The Magic Storm scored 14 of the final 16 points in the third quarter to draw within 43-37.
ORCS employed a 2-3 zone with two men surrounding Lucas Dick at all times. It limited the big fella to seven points in the second half – five on free throws – but also backfired twice, giving up uncontested layups.
“I think our zone helped us,” Feller said, “but at the same time we got so caught up in trying to find Lucas that we forgot to play our principles and we gave them easy baskets underneath.”
The Knights’ uptempo style of play ran M-S ragged in the final frame. On the Magic Storm’s first two possessions, Dick hit the front iron on a short bunny and sophomore Brady Samuelson came up empty on a pair of free throws.
Dick fouled out with 2 minutes, 59 seconds to play, just before the Knights put together another 9-0 run to slam the door shut.
“He does everything for us, but he gets tired,” Stanley Dick said of his nephew. “I think he’s an all-stater. There’s nobody that I think is as good as him. I just don’t have kids around him to complement him.”
The 6-foot-2 Koppinger countered Lucas Dick all night, helping ORCS outrebound M-S 30-23. Five of those boards came on the offensive glass, with three leading to second-chance points.
“Davis has been big for us all year,” Feller said. “He’s averaging close to a double-double. He’s had one in just about every game but one. He’s definitely a big part for us.”
ORCS plays at Shiloh Christian on Friday.
Ryan Holmgren covers high school sports and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.