Yellowjacket men split weekend tournament

The UWS men hosted their annual Mer­rill Thomp­son Tip-Off Clas­sic and were able to win a game and came up short in dou­ble over­time in the other.

On Sat­ur­day they were play­ing house to Con­cor­dia Col­lege who trav­eled all the way from Moor­head. Both teams bat­tled for all of reg­u­la­tion plus two five minute over­time peri­ods. Brun­son Byrne was the dif­fer­ence in the first half for the Yel­low­jack­ets as he scored 12 of his 22 points in the half. Not only was he get­ting it done with the ball but he was get­ting his team into it being vocal and cheer­ing his team on with every made bas­ket. Jar­rod Peter­son had another won­der­ful game scor­ing a game high 25 points and adding seven rebounds.

Senior Bren­dan Bauer left it all out on the floor as he fouled out before the sec­ond over time giv­ing the team 22 points and eight rebounds in a hard effort.Both teams bat­tled, trad­ing bas­ket after bas­ket but even­tu­ally it was UWS who broke. The men had a chance at the end of both reg­u­la­tion and over­time to fin­ish off the pesky Cob­bers.
After a nifty pass from Dewon McKen­zie, to the Cob­bers lead­ing scorer, Ebo NaNa-Kweson, the Yel­low­jack­ets had three sec­onds to put up a shot. Peter­son was happy though with the effort and the play at the end of reg­u­la­tion. “The play worked, I attacked the bas­ket instead of pulling up for a jumper. It was a good play we just needed to exe­cute it better.”

John­quez Brooks works around a screen against Con­cor­dia College.


In the first over­time John­quez Brooks had a chance to shuck the Cob­bers but like Peter­son his shot came up short and the Yel­low­jack­ets were faced to bat­tle another gru­el­ing over­time. With Bauer foul­ing out 10 sec­onds into the period, and him being the hottest hand at the moment, the Yel­low­jack­ets had a uphill bat­tle to face. NaNa-Kweson lead the Cob­bers in the sec­ond over­time, scor­ing four points, steal­ing the ball once and adding a block. The Cob­bers got a spark from Aaron Lin­dahl in the sec­ond half and over­times as he scored 16 of his 18 points in the sec­ond half. The Cob­bers pre­vailed 95–90.

On the Sun­day evening bat­tle the men took on cross-bridge rival St.Scholastica. The UWS team showed no sign of fatigue from the tough match the night before, cruis­ing to a 72–54.

Peter­son had another great show­ing with scor­ing a game high 19 points and adding 11 rebounds for a double-double (Dou­ble dig­its in two sep­a­rate cat­e­gories). The Yel­low­jack­ets dom­i­nated almost every cat­e­gory of the game along with the game itself.

The Yel­low­jack­ets out-rebounded the Saints 46–27, and out-scored them in the paint 26–16. They men were mak­ing it rain from three point land too hit­ting 8–19 includ­ing four of the bombs from Peter­son. Aaron Cory had him­self a nice game scor­ing 15 points in 19 min­utes of play. No other mem­ber of the team reached dou­ble dig­its.

The Yel­low­jack­ets hud­dle up dur­ing a time­out against St.Scholastica.

The Saints, who fell to 0–4 on the sea­son, were lead by Jonah Dahlman who tal­lied up 15 points. Brett Tester added 10 points for the Saints as well but it wasn’t enough as they saw a once six point deficit do noth­ing but swell in the sec­ond half.

The Yel­low­jack­ets now 2–2 head down to North­west­ern Col­lege for their first road game of the year Wednes­day. The game will be on KUWS at 7 p.m.

Images cour­tesy of Pete Vuke­lich — The Stinger
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