Boys win, then lose, over weekend

The Arrows traveled to Southwest State University in Marshall Friday afternoon to take on the Springfield Tigers. The Arrows opened the game with a Makhi Winter jumper from the right corner just inside the arc. They never looked back and cruised to a 78-57 win.

Following Winter’s opening bucket, the game started a little slow with both teams missing shots and turning the ball over. The next Arrow points came almost four minutes later with a Rysley Borman baseline drive and layup. Borman followed on the next Arrow possession with a three from the left side.

Tagon Woelber (file photo), led the Arrows with 14 points in their loss to Montevideo Saturday night. In Friday’s win over Springfield, Woelber contributed 12 points and dished out four assists. J. Draper

At 9-4 with 12:42 remaining PAS coach Michael Slaba called a time out to review things with his squad. The Arrows responded with a 10 point run that featured a quick two in the lane from Tagon Woelber then a steal and layup by Borman. A deep three from Landon Johnson followed by a three from Tagon Woelber (12 points, four assists) pushed the score to 19-4 in favor of the Arrows and gave cause for Springfield to call a time out to regroup.

Pipestone continued to push the ball on offense while getting stops and rebounds on the defensive end. Crafty passing to find an open teammate allowed for good looks and conversions by Landon Quist (19 points, eight rebounds) and Riley Bosma (five points, eight rebounds, four assists) as the Arrows opened up a 31-13 lead with six minutes still remaining in the half.

As the half wound down, Pipestone’s hot shooting cooled some and the Tigers worked to inch their way back into the game. Pipestone closed the half with a Johnson (17 points) drive and layup, then with just five seconds on the clock, Woelber hauled in a defensive rebound, dribbled to just past half court, and let off a running three. The ball found the cylinder and put the Arrows up by 20 at the intermission.

Pipestone shot 52 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range in the half. The Tigers shot just 32 percent and failed to connect on any three-point attempts. Each team turned the ball over seven times.

Pipestone picked up where they left off as the second half commenced. The first Arrow points came in exciting fashion. Will DeBates (five rebounds) blocked a Tiger shot in the paint. The ball was quickly scooped up by Borman who led a two-on-one fastbreak. Borman passed the ball behind his back to Winter (six points, three rebounds) who finished off the break with a left-handed dunk.

The Arrows found the most success in the half-court when they moved the ball around to find the open man. The Arrows generated many open looks, some from range and others to a cutting man open near the hoop. The efficient offense and solid defense kept the Arrow lead at 21 halfway through the period.

The patient offense continued for the Arrows as they maintained their lead to close out the game with a 23 point win at 78-57.

The Arrows shot 47.8 percent for the game and held the Tigers to a 36.9 percent shooting night. Pipestone won the rebound battle 48-32, with Borman leading the way with 11 and Bosma and Quist each adding eight.

For Borman, his efforts resulted in the very rare triple-double as the game’s stat lines showed 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. It was a well-rounded game for the Arrows with three other players scoring in double digits; Quist (19), Johnson (17), and Woelber (12). The unselfish play was proven with 19 field goals coming with an assist. Borman led the way with his 10.

Montevideo hands Arrow boys second loss of season

In their second game of the Marshall 2023 Holiday Tournament, the Pipestone Arrows boys played the Montevideo Thunderhawks on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University late Saturday afternoon.

In this same event a year ago, Montevideo defeated the Arrows on a last second shot. The Arrows entered the game with a record of 6-1 and were looking for some redemption, while the Thunderhawks took the court at 6-3 on the season.

As with the game on Friday, Saturday’s tilt started for the Arrows with a bucket from junior Makhi Winter. The basket came two minutes into the contest as previous Arrow possessions had come up empty, a foreshadow of things to come.

The two teams didn’t muster much offense across the opening six minutes of the game. For Pipestone, Tagon Woelber, Riley Bosma, and Winter managed the only Arrow points as the score was tied at 10 apiece at the 12:00 mark. Pipestone’s leading offensive threat, Rysley Borman picked up his second foul a minute prior and made his way to the bench under threat of picking up additional fouls.

Where Pipestone moved the ball efficiently and effectively the day prior against Springfield, the offensive flow was just not as clean against Montevideo. Across the first eight minutes of play Pipestone had already accounted for seven turnovers. Even through the carelessness, the Arrows held tough on defense and managed to gain a 16-12 lead after a Bosma (eight points) three.

Following a Montevideo timeout, the Thunderhawks came out quickly and cut into the Arrow lead. The teams traded baskets, but while Pipestone scored twos, the Thunderhawks made four consecutive threes to go up by four, this time giving cause for Arrow Head Coach Michael Slaba to call a timeout with six minutes remaining in the half.

Tied at 28-28, with just 30 seconds remaining, Pipestone’s Landon Johnson (five points) was called for a technical foul. Montevideo’s Carson Boike (19 points) made the two free throws, then with the ball in their possession, the Thunderhawks’ Cooper Dak (21 points, seven rebounds, three assists) added on another three from range to send the game into halftime at 28-33.

Woelber (14 points, four assists) carried the bulk of the offensive load for the Arrows throughout the half, accounting for 12 of the Arrows’ 28. Borman did not return to the court having gathered two quick fouls.

Pipestone shot just 41 percent from the field in the first half. Montevideo converted at a 48 percent clip and converted 64 percent of threes.

Pipestone started the second half with their starters all on the court. Winter (13 points, six rebounds) opened the stanza with a three from the right baseline. Montevideo answered, then Pipestone quickly drove back to their end. Borman dropped a nice pass into Landon Quist (seven points, 11 rebounds, three assists) who was fouled on his layup but still managed to convert. He missed his and-one but had helped to keep the Arrows close to the Thunderhawks as they also managed to convert on their end.

Where the Arrows would find some periodic success in getting the ball low for good looks, they also failed to convert on many dribble drives to the hoop. Through their offensive troubles, the Arrows never allowed Montevideo to extend much of a lead, keeping the Thunderhawks in sight with margins no more than four over the first six minutes of the second half.

Down five at 10:00 minutes to go, Borman (seven points, three assists) finally got on the board with a converted floater in the lane that also drew a foul. He completed the three-point-play to again cut the margin to a pair. Pipestone held on defense then got a quick two from Quist to tie the game.

The tie was quickly erased as Montevideo capitalized on Arrow turnovers and quickly moved their margin to seven at the 5:50 mark. The momentum in the gym was solidly on the Montevideo side as a deep three furthered their lead to 10.
Pipestone’s offensive woes and turnovers continued to mount through the final minutes of play.

For the Arrows, there simply was no consistent flow to the offensive. On the other end of the court, Montevideo ran their offense, burning some clock while finding open looks that typically converted. The Thunderhawks lead stretched to 13 with just a minute and a half remaining. The 13-point margin held as the Arrows suffered their second loss of the season 57-70.

Pipestone ended the game with a dismal 38.2 percent shooting effort which was made worse by a total of 16 turnovers. Montevideo enjoyed a 52.8 percent shooting night, made better by shooting 48.6 percent of three-point attempts.