Wolverines roll in ‘complete’ win over Stanton

East Mills’ Jackson Embree drives to the hoop for two of his 13 points in the Wolverines’ 68-40 win over Stanton in Corner Conference boys basketball Friday.

East Mills used a 23-6 second quarter run that was keyed by its defense to pull away from Stanton in a 68-40 victory Friday in Corner Conference boys basketball.

The Wolverines (4-0) found themselves down 11-4 after strong early shooting by the Vikings (2-1) before their turned the defense up and notch. After getting down early, East Mills closed the final quarter and a half on a 36-10 run to take a 40-21 lead into halftime.

East Mills coach Kevin Schafer called the win his team’s most complete of the young season.

“Easily and it’s not even close,” Schafer said of comparing this win to his team’s previous wins. “Offensively, shooting and smart decisions making, and defensively, we were ready to play and did what we wanted to do.”

Heading into the game, Schafer was concerned about the Vikings’ shot makers, namely Nolan Grebin and Evan Gettler.

“We knew they had good shooters, the Gettler and Grebin kids are really good and we knew we had to stick with them,” Schafer said. “We rotated two different kids on each of them to keep trying and stay as fresh as possible. The other three guys on the floor also had to stay in help position, especially with Grebin, because it hard for one guy to stop him off the dribble. I really thought we did a good with our help defense.”

All night long the Wolverines had the answer defensively. When Grebin picked up his second foul early in the second quarter on charge and that limited his playing time and aggressiveness, the Wolverines offense took over.

“That second foul was big,” Schafer said. “We really started to pull away when he went out.”

East Mills ripped off a 15-2 run – helped by a pair of three pointers by Kyler Williams and a third by Jackson Embree in the streak – to open the second frame.

“From halfway through the first quarter into the third quarter, we shot better than we have all season,” he said. “We didn’t really cool off until the last five minutes of the game when it got kind of ugly. But other than that, we shot it really well.”

Lincoln Palmer led four Wolverines in double-figures with 16 points. Williams added 13 and Layne Mastin and Embree had 11 each. Palmer notched a double-double with 10 rebounds and Mastin chipped in nine boards.

Grebin finished with nine points. Gavin Ford led Stanton with 10 points.

East Atchison 69,
Fremont-Mills 62
A rough shooting night was too much for Fremont-Mills to overcome in a 69-62 loss to East Atchison Thursday in Fairfax.
The Knights (2-3) shot 31.4 percent from the field – 22-of-70 – and 11-of-21 at the line in the loss.
Logan Jahnke led the Knights with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Sawyer Forney chipped in 10 points and Caleb Brandt nine.
Parker Livengood had 23 points to lead East Atchison.

East Mills 72,
Fremont-Mills 22
East Mills dominated on both ends of the court in a 72-22 win over Fremont-Mills in Corner Conference boys basketball in Malvern last Tuesday.
East Mills coach Kevin Schafer said his team’s defense – on and off the ball – keyed his team’s offense.
“Defense created quite a bit of offense with transition game,” Schafer said. “The half-court offense was efficient as well. Layne Mastin and Jackson Embree had good games, and Zach Thornburg ran the offense well and had a good all-around game.”
The Wolverines opened the game on a 21-4 scoring run and shot 51.8 percent – 29-of-56 – from the field in the victory. Defensively, they forced 21 turnovers and held the Knights to 21.6 percent shooting and 40 points below their scoring average.
Layne Mastin scored 24 points and Jackson Embree 20 to lead the Wolverines. Lincoln Palmer chipped in 10 points.
Caleb Brandt scored 10 points to lead the Knights.

Logan-Magnolia 56,
Fremont-Mills 40
Logan-Magnolia outscored Fremont-Mills 30-16 in the second half in a 56-40 victory over the Knights in non-conference boys basketball last Monday.
After going into halftime trailing 26-24, the Knights struggled in the second offensively in the second half as the Panthers opened the third quarter on a 19-6 run.
The Knights shot 30.8 percent – 16-of-52 – from the field, including 4-of-21 from the three-point line in the loss.
Anders Langille paced the Knights with 12 points and seven rebounds. Sawyer Forney chipped in eight points and Caleb Brandt seven.
Evan Roden led Logan-Magnolia with 17 points. Jason Kastner and Wes Vana added 11 points each.


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