By William

INMAN – It may be the upset of the weekend or maybe even the season as previously unbeaten and top-ranked Little River went into Inman on Friday and left with their first loss of the season as the Teutons scored a 63-45 win.

Inman came into the game just 7-10 and having just lost by five on Thursday night to SE of Saline.

The Redskins took an early 16-6 lead over the Teutons before they bounced back to close the gap to just two points at 16-14 at the end of the first quarter and then outgunned Little River 15-5 in the second period to take an eight-point, 29-21 advantage into the halftime break.

After Little River took two points of the lead by the end of the third quarter, the Teutons exploded for 23 points in the final eight minutes of play to earn the commanding 18-point victory.

“Tonight, we finally put it all together,” explained an excited Teuton Head Coach Brett Froese. “We played really good last night but tonight we played great! Just so proud of the boys and the way that they guarded and competed, even after we got down early 16-6, they never got rattled. Everyone stepped up tonight and if we do that then we are dangerous as it has always been just a few and that does not work.”

The big key to the game came to the Teutons shutting down one of the top scorers in the state in Little River’s Jayden Garrison and they did just that, holding him to just two field goals and a total of just six points, a good 20 points below his average. Garrison even fouled out as the Teutons put the defensive clamps on him the entire game.

Coach Froese reflected on that by adding, “They really try to pressure you and if you just move the ball and attack you can shoot layups. It was a total team effort tonight, but we are super proud of Kendyn (Blank) and Kyler (Konrade) for the way they guarded Garrison. He just never really got going tonight which was good for us. The win showed us that as difficult of a schedule that we have played, it has prepared us for this time of the season. Just a great win for the boys.”

With Garrison shut down, the Redskins relied on Graham Stephens and Braxton Lafferty to pick up the scoring for their offense and they lead the team with 16 and 13 points each, including three three-pointers by each of them. Lafferty also led the work on the boards as he grabbed eight rebounds to just miss a double-double.

Overall, as a team, Inman held Little River to connecting on just 28% of their shots from the field while making 52% of their own.

Eli Brunk led the Teutons on offense as he scored 22 points on the evening, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Jace Doerksen and Derick Johnson each joined Brunk in double digits with 12 and 11 points respectively while Tanner Heckel chipped in with eight.

Inman finishes their regular season schedule next week with two road games at Remington on Monday and Herrington on Tuesday.

The Little River Redskins, now 18-1 for the season will close out their regular season schedule with a game on Thursday when they play host to Elyria Christian.


SCORING:     Q1      Q2      Q3      Q4      FINAL

REDSKINS      16       5          13       11       45

TEUTONS      14       15       11       23       63

INMAN TEUTON TEAM STATS: FG 25-48; 3PT 4-11; FT 9-14; AST 0; RBS 31; TO 8; STL 0; BLK 2; FLS 15.

INMAN TEUTON INDIVIDUAL SCORING (63 total): Eli Brunk – 22; Jace Doerksen 12; Derick Johnson – 11; Tanner Heckel – 8; Kendyn Blank – 6; Mason Carter – 4. 3-Pointers Made (4 total): Doerksen – 2; Eli Brunk, Heckel – 1.

LITTLE RIVER REDSKIN TEAM STATS: FG 15-54; 3PT 7-28; FT 8-13; AST 7; RBS 26; TO 10; STL 3; BLK 1; FLS 17.


Scoring (45 total): Graham Stephens – 16; Braxton Lafferty – 13; Jayden Garrison – 6; Trey Rolfs – 6; Rylan Konen – 4.

3-Pointers Made (7 total): Stephens, Lafferty – 3; Garrison – 1.

Assists (7 total): Stephens – 3; Lafferty, Rolfs, Garrison, Dalton Mantz – 1.

Rebounds (26 total): Lafferty – 8; Garrison, Rolfs – 5; Stephens – 4; Konen – 2; Mantz, Ty Herzog – 1.

Steals (3 total): Stephens, Lafferty, Herzog – 1.

Blocked Shots (1 total): Rolfs – 1.

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