BOYS BASKETBALL: Hmielewski stops final shot as MHS beats Washington
MARSHALL – In a matchup of two successful programs that went down to the wire, Class 3A No. 5-ranked Marshall defeated Sioux Falls Washington 58-56 in overtime.
It was the Tigers’ second win against a Sioux Falls team in as many days. MHS defeated Sioux Falls Roosevelt 53-46 on Friday night.
Marshall had a chance to win it in regulation after running clock down from a minute to just 8.6 seconds. But Riley Sharbono had the ball slip out of his hands on the final shot attempt and the score was tied at 53-53 heading to an extra session.
Reece Winkleman provided MHS with a lift in overtime, scoring all five of the Tigers’ points. The Warriors’ Brett Stanley got off the final shot, which fell short, as he was defended by Marshall’s Andrew Hmielewski.
Once the ball was in the air, Hmielewski could only think one thing.
“I hope it doesn’t go in,” he said. “I thought I guarded it pretty well. I thought I had stopped him. Thankfully, that’s how it turned out.”
Sharbono finished as the Tigers leading scorer with 17 points. Connor Winkleman and C.D. Douglas ended up with 13 points each, while Reece Winkleman had nine points overall.
Stanley was the Warriors leading scorer with 23 points, while Carter Keller added 10 more.
Douglas also showed great tenacity on the defensive side, avoiding his fifth and final foul after picking up his fourth with 5 minutes left in the second half.
“That’s a senior for you,” Marshall coach Travis Carroll said. “You have to rely on a senior like that to be a good decision maker and C.D. was a great decision-maker at the end of the game.”
It was the first time the two teams met this season and Sioux Falls Washington coach Craig Nelson knew his team was in for a tough contest.
“They have a lot of good shooters and they have a lot quick guards that can really drive the ball,” Nelson said. “We knew we were going to have to be really good on the defensive end to have a chance. We got some stops in crunch time, but weren’t able to get one extra stop.”
Carroll is a defensive-minded coach and felt the Tigers are starting to learn that they are going to have to win games with an approach of playing solid defense.
Playing and winning close games also provided an important lesson that Marshall can use in the near future.
“It lets us know what we need to do to win during the playoffs,” Carroll said. “It also lets us know that when we get in tough games in the playoffs, we have the ability to win those tough games. The past two games have been tough and we’ve found a way to win the games. We have to keep doing what were doing; the kids are doing well.”
Marshall improved to 18-3 overall and will travel to Fairmont on Tuesday to take on the Cardinals, who stand at 19-3.
MARSHALL 58, SIOUX FALLS WASHINGTON 56, OT
SIOUX FALLS WASHINGTON (9-6 OVERALL): Sam Siganos 2-2 0-0 4; Brett Stanley 7-19 9-11 23, Carter Keller 3-4 2-2 10, Kevin Nelson 1-2 1-2 3, Ty Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Deng Geu 1-6 0-0 2, Cole Benson 4-8 0-0 8, Austin Heins 2-5 2-4 6, Matt Farnick 0-0 0-0 0. 20-46 (43%) 14-19 (74%) 56.
MARSHALL (18-3 OVERALL): Bryce Johnson 1-1 2-2 4, C.D. Douglas 5-7 0-0 13, Reece Winkelman 4-8 1-2 9, Noah Winkelman 0-1 0-0 0, Connor Winkelman 5-12 2-3 13, Andrew Hmielewski 0-3 0-0 0, Riley Sharbono 5-16 4-4 17, Zack Drum 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Schroeder 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 21-49 (43%) 9-11 (82%) 58.
HALFTIME: Marshall 27, Sioux Falls Washington 25. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Sioux Falls Washington 2-3 (Keller 2-3); Marshall 7-20 (Douglas 3-4, Sharbono 3-10, C. Winkleman 1-4). REBOUNDS: Sioux Falls Washington 29 (Stanley 8); Marshall 31 (R. Winkleman 10). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Sioux Falls Washington 13 (none); Marshall 18 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Sioux Falls Washington 4 (Siganos 2); Marshall 13 (C. Winkleman 9). STEALS: Sioux Falls Washington 2 (Stanley 1, Keller 1); Marshall 7 (Hmielewski 3). BLOCKED SHOTS: Sioux Falls Washington 1 (Benson); Marshall 0. TURNOVERS: Sioux Falls Washington 12; Marshall 7.