SIOUX CITY | Morningside College’s men’s basketball team has the ideal combination of outside and inside shooting.
Early in the second half of Saturday afternoon’s 90-78 Great Plains Athletic Conference win over Hastings, shooting guard Ryan Tegtmeier unleashed a barrage of three three-point baskets in about a minute and a half after Hastings had pulled within 41-39 a minute into the second half. Tegtmeier’s shooting highlighted a 12-0 run that temporarily gave the Mustangs a double-digit lead.
“Obviously, we knew Hastings would get back in it because they’re very well-coached and have a lot of pride,” said Tegtmeier, one of the Mustangs’ five double-digit scorers with 16 points, which included 4 of 8 three-point shooting.
“We knew they were going to make a run at us. I credit our younger guys for hanging in there. They did most of the work. They drove and kicked and I happened to be the beneficiary of good drive and kicks from the younger guys.”
Hastings, however, refused to fade. Rich Williams (17 points), who was coming off a 32-point performance in Wednesday night’s 88-72 upset over second-place and 11th-ranked Midland, had two of his team’s three treys in a rally that had pulled the Broncos within 63-54 with 11:37 remaining in the game.
Here’s where the perfect balance of shooting helped return Morningside to the double-figure lead it never lost. Brody Van Ginkel and Pierce Almond provided threes while Tyler Borchers and Bryce Koch contributed tip-ins while extending the lead to 74-61.
“I was proud of our guys for always having an answer,” said Morningside Coach Jim Sykes, whose 18-7 (8-6 GPAC) squad shot 53.8 percent in the second half. “We got some stops and that was the biggest thing. You can’t extend your lead if you don’t get stops. You can trade baskets, but we did a nice job of getting stops and only giving them one look at the basket.”
Brody Egger scored 19 points for Morningside and made five of the squad’s 16 three-point baskets. Alex Borchers’ 14 points included two three-pointers.
Inside for the Mustangs, Koch and Tyler Borchers each added 10 points, combining on 8 of 11 shooting. Tyler Borchers also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
As the game progressed, Morningside used the inside game to maintain its double-figure lead. Connor Musiel (14 points) lifted Hastings within 83-73 on a layup with 3:16 left, but Alex Borchers’ drive to the hoop and Tyler Borchers’ offensive rebound basket started the 7-2 run that concluded the game.
“We have some great shooters and once they get it going it’s scary,” said Koch. “We try to focus on getting paint touches. That helped us out and helped us get good shots. We crash the boards hard. We were taught that. Missed shots were there to try to clean up.”
“When we make shots on the perimeter, there’s only single coverage inside, so we take advantage of that,” said Sykes. “Our guys are really playing well together. We don’t care who does it, it’s a job that has to get done. Having five guys in double-figures really helps the cause.”
Morningside will continue GPAC play Wednesday night at Dordt College.