Minster hands Lehman 69-44 setback


Staff report

MINSTER — The Minster Wildcats doubled the score on Lehman in the second quarter and that led to a runaway victory, 69-44, in non-league boys basketball action Monday night at Minster.

The game was rescheduled from an earlier date, one of several postponed by Minster because of football playoffs.

The Wildcats are now 3-2 on the season going into another rescheduled game tonight at Russia.

Lehman drops to 1-4 and now prepares for the annual Piqua Holiday Tournament. The Cavs take on Troy Christian on Dec. 29, then will play the winner/loser of the Russia-Covington game the following night.

The Cavs and the Wildcats were deadlocked at 11-11 after one quarter, but Minster exploded for 24 points in the second period for a 35-23 lead at the half. The Wildcats then outscored the Cavs 19-9 in the third quarter to open up a 22-point advantage.

Peter Falk had 15 points to lead Minster and both Bryce Schmiesing and Aaron Ernst added 12 apiece.

Jared Thobe had nine rebounds and Conner Tumbusch seven to lead the Wildcats to a big 41-28 advantage on the glass.

Dylan Arnold had 12 and Kameron Lee 10 for the Cavaliers. Michael Bunker came close to a double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Lehman had a better shooting percentage, 42 percent to 35 percent. But Minster got 27 more shots off. The Wildcats were 24-for-68 and Lehman 17-for-41. Minster had nine three-pointers by seven different players.

Minster also forced the Cavaliers into 22 turnovers.

Neither team shot well from the foul line. Lehman was just 6-for-16 for 38 percent and Minster 12-for-21, 57 percent.

“We turned the ball over way too much,” said Lehman coach Tim Gleason. “We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball. And we need to shoot much better from the line. I was real pleased with our offensive execution as far as sharing the ball and shot selection. We just have to take better care of the ball, especially when you play teams like Minster, which plays good, hard defense.”

Lehman (44) — Monnin 2, Arnold 12, Lee 10, Bunker 8, Rourke 5, Smith 2, Frantz 5.

Minster (69) — Schmiesing 12, Nixon 6, Stechsculte 5, Falk 15, Hoelscher 6, Ernst 12, Thobe 6, Huelsman 7.

Score by quarters:

Lehman—11 23 32 44

Minster—11 35 54 69

Three-pointers: Lehman 4 (Arnold 2, Lee, Rourke); Minster 9 (Ernst 2, Schmiesing 2, Nixon, Stechsulte, Falk, Hoelscher, Huelsman).

Records: Minster 3-2, Lehman 1-4.

Reserve score: Minster 72, Lehman 20.