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Published January 12 2012

Central Cass rolls past Kindred in boys basketball

CASSELTON, N.D. – The Central Cass boys basketball team runs so much during games that scores tend to get lopsided, junior varsity players regularly get quality varsity minutes and referees get winded.

Yes, even the officials are wondering how the Squirrels keep it up.

Such is life in the fast lane.

Matt Zimmerman had 25 points to lead No. 5 Central Cass to a 79-41 North Dakota Class B, District 2 victory against rival Kindred on Thursday at Central Cass High School.

“Kindred is a big rival,” Zimmerman said. “We had a full gym. We just wanted to do what we do. Put on a good show.”

The Squirrels (12-0) put the pedal to the floor from the start, bursting to a 20-6 first quarter lead.

Zimmerman led the way with seven points in the opening frame, but Central Cass’ depth was evident throughout.

Guard Ellery Bresnahan found open teammates and hit open shots, Josh Roesler chipped in with a few buckets, and the Squirrels combined to hit eight 3-pointers in the game.

Kindred (8-4) couldn’t get out from under the thumb of Central Cass’ athletic defenders.

“A key coming in here was to limit their transition baskets, and we obviously didn’t do that,” Vikings coach Brad Woehl said. “We came out a little sluggish offensively, and didn’t rebound as well as I would have liked. We just have to get better.”

Vikings senior post Jack Plankers, a 6-foot-8 North Dakota State football recruit, was unstoppable on the boards. He scored 18 points – mostly on putbacks – and finished with 21 rebounds.

Central Cass held a 39-18 halftime lead.

The Squirrels continued to go up-and-down the court in the second half.

Central Cass senior Jon Lubbers scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Kindred managed just one basket in the fourth.

Sophomore Eric Bachmeier had 12 points and four rebounds for the Vikings.

Both teams emptied their benches for the final two minutes.

“We like to push the ball,” Zimmerman said. “We are very up-tempo, and that seems to be working for us this year. … Refs get tired, too. They are talking to us the entire time, asking if we always push the ball this much. We condition really hard in practice, and you can tell by the third and fourth quarters that teams are really worn out.”

Kindred 6 18 35 41

Central Cass 20 39 52 79

KINDRED: Bachmeier 3 4-6 12, Reinke 2 0-0 5, Plankers 9 0-1 18, Holland 2 0-0 5, Moffet 0 1-2 1. Totals: 16 5-9 41.

CENTRAL CASS: Bresnahan 7 2-3 19, Sundquist 1 0-0 3, Ieland 2 0-0 4, Roesler 3 3-6 9, Zimmerman 9 5-7 25, Lubbers 4 1-1 11, Ebach 2 2-2 6, Breske 1 0-0 2. Totals: 29 12-19 79.

3-pointers: Bachmeier 2, Reinke, Holland, Bresnahan 3, Sundquist, Zimmerman 2, Lubbers. Total fouls: K 17, CC 12. Rebounds: K 36 (Plankers 21), CC 36 (Zimmerman 7).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562