Hillsboro-CV pulls away for Region 2 semifinal win
Cade Baesler had no points and a lot of bench time due to potential foul trouble in the first half.
The Hillsboro-Central Valley senior made up for that quiet first half by sparking the Burros to a berth in the Region 2 boys high school basketball tournament championship game.
Baesler scored all of his game-high 18 points in the second half as H-CV pulled away to a 68-51 region semifinal win Thursday against Park River/Fordville-Lankin at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
"I sat most of the first half with two fouls,'' Baesler said. "It was tough to sit the whole second quarter. But I think it helped me mentally.
"I knew I had a lot of energy. I just had to use it. I was being aggressive and playing my game.''
The left-hander used an assortment of moves from close range to sink eight field goals in the final two quarters.
"They started falling and I definitely felt good, like everything was going in,'' Baesler said.
Said H-CV coach Elliot Rotvold: "Cade was huge. That's as good a half as he's had in awhile. Getting some buckets inside, that changed the game.''
The Burros expanded a 24-22 halftime lead to 42-35 after three quarters. After Park River/F-L scored the first basket of the fourth quarter, Hillsboro-CV went on an 11-6 run to open the game up with a 53-43 lead.
Carson Henningsgard and Ryan Troftgruben each hit a 3-pointer in the spurt, and Henningsgard threw a baseball pass three-quarters the length of the floor to Baesler for a layup.
"We hit some timely threes in there,'' Rotvold said.
The Aggies got no closer than seven the rest of the way, with H-CV closing the game on a 10-0 run.
"When a team has that many (good) shooters, we were trying to stop the three,'' PR/F-L coach Seth Kuchar said. "I thought we did an excellent job defending the perimeter. But with their bench they wear you down.''
Jack Camrud added 14 points for the Burros, with Henningsgard scoring 13 and Ryan Troftgruben coming off the bench to score 12 on four treys.
Jace Jehlicka had 13 points to lead the Aggies, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from midcourt to end the first half. Adam Zavalney added 11 points.