Six times this season the Nokomis boys basketball team has won while scoring fewer than 50 points in a game. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Meridian Regional in Macon, the Redskins reached that mark by halftime.
Taking on Cowden-Herrick-Beecher City, CHBC for short, the Redskins rolled up a 52-9 lead by halftime, en route to a 77-19 win over the Bobcats in their largest point differential of the season.
From the opening tip the Redskins seemed to score at will, with Alex Tosetti hitting a three 25 seconds into the game. After a Carter Sabol bucket at the seven minute mark, CHBC scored their first points of the quarter on a three by Silas Buzzard to make it 5-3 in Nokomis’ favor.
The Bobcats wouldn’t score again until Dakota Gray’s bucket with 3:15 remaining, but in the three and a half minutes in between the two CHBC field goals, Nokomis ran away with the game. Time after time, the Redskins implemented a steal-and-score attack that led to the bulk of their points in a 17-0 run.
Tosetti hounded the Bobcat guards up top and ten points on breakaways to help give the Skins a 22-5 lead. He wasn’t done yet though, as the senior guard picked up two more points in another 9-0 run in the final three minutes, giving him 15 points in the quarter.
With the clock winding down, Evan Herpstreith knocked down a three from the top of the key as the horn sounded for the final three points of the 9-0 run, giving Nokomis a seemingly insurmountable 31-5 lead after eight minutes.
While not as crisp as they were in the first quarter, Nokomis continued to score at will in the second frame. Carter Sabol, who had six points in the first quarter, scored nine more in the second frame to join Tosetti in double digits. For his part, Tosetti didn’t let up either, scoring six more points to give himself 21 points at halftime.
Defensively, Nokomis held the Bobcats for long periods without scoring once again, with CHBC’s first bucket coming at the 5:06 mark and their second, and last, coming with 3:20 to play in the half.
Again, Nokomis scored in the final second of the quarter, this time on a bucket by Sabol that made it 52-9.
The scoring would slow slightly in the second half, but the defense remained on point with five points allowed in each quarter. Tosetti led the way again in the third, posting a seven-point surge in the final 30 seconds to make it 68-14, Nokomis. The fourth quarter would feature the Nokomis bench in heavy doses, as the Redskins finished off the 58-point win with their highest point total of the season.
Alex Tosetti would spend most of the fourth quarter on the bench, but already had a season and career-best 30 points by then. In addition to the points, he also had nine steals and six assists in Nokomis’ 21st win of the season.
Carter Sabol would add in 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Seth Johnson gave Nokomis a third player in double figures with ten points. Evan Herpstreith (eight), Jake Johnson (six) and Kendall Knodle (four) would also score for the Redskins, who went 33-for-61 from the field. By comparison, CHBC was 8-for-29, led by Jadon Robertson with 12 points.
The victory moved the Redskins to the regional semifinals on Wednesday, where they would take on Meridian. The host Hawks dispatched Ramsey in the second game on Tuesday by the much closer score of 67-62.
February 25 at Macon
CHBC 5 4 5 5 19
Nokomis 31 21 16 9 77
Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City (19) - Jadon Robertson 7, Dakota Gray 5, Silas Buzzard 3, Chance Robertson 2, Kenney Robbins 2. Totals: 8 2-2 19.
Nokomis (19) - Alex Tosetti 30, Carter Sabol 19, Seth Johnson 10, Evan Herpstreith 8, Jake Johnson 6, Kendall Knodle 4. Totals: 33 7-8 77.
Three-point field goals: Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 1 (Buzzard 1); Nokomis 4 (Tosetti 2, Herpstreith 1, Johnson 1).
Records: Nokomis (21-10); Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City (5-26).
Class 1A Boys Basketball Macon Meridian Regional
Monday, February 24
Game 1: #11 Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 60, #7 Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 44
Tuesday, February 25
Game 2 - #4 Nokomis 77, #15 Cowden-Herrick-Beecher City 19
Game 3 - #5 Macon Meridian 67, #12 Ramsey 62
Wednesday, February 26
Game 4 - #1 Central A&M 61, #11 Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 33
Game 5 - #4 Nokomis 71, #5 Macon Meridian 51
Friday, February 28
Game 6 at 7 p.m. - #1 Central A&M vs. #4 Nokomis