The youthful Langdon-Munich Cardinals boys basketball team got their season underway with two games, at Thompson Dec. 13, and at home against top ranked Rugby Dec. 16.
Posted on 12/20/14
By Jake Kulland
While the Cards showed a few glimpses of things that they hope to build on throughout the year, they lost to the Tommies 56-27, and to the Panthers 84-31. They will play at Walhalla against North Border Dec. 22, then after Christmas will play two games at the Hillsboro Holiday Shoot out Dec. 29-30.
The Cards got off to decent starts in both games. Against Thompson, Braden Harder hit a 3-pointer early the game, and Brady Samuelson had three first quarter points as Langdon-Munich trailed 16-8 after the first. Thompson got things going in the second quarter, with the help of several offensive rebounds to lead 37-13 at the half.
Langdon-Munich struggled with turnovers in the game with 27. Jacob Delvo came off the bench to lead the Cards in scoring along with Samuelson with eight points, while Erik Aanderud shot three of five from the field and added six points. Connor Hjemstad had three triples and a game high 20 points for the Tommies.
A nice crowd was out for the Cardinals game against Rugby. Many fans wanted to see the number one team in the state and Mr. Basketball candidate Brad Heidlebaugh, who has signed to play football at quarterback for UND. The first quarter and much of the first half was a pleasant surprise, as the Cardinals hung right with Rugby much of the way. Tyler Klein hit a 3-pointer for Langdon-Munich’s first points, and the Cards went on an 8-2 run in the first quarter to come to within three points at 11-8. They kept fighting to stay within eight of Rugby at 28-20, before the Panthers went on a 13-1 run to lead by 20 at the half. The game got rather ugly from there, as Heidlebaugh would foul out in the third quarter but would still have a game high 19 points. There were 63 (!) free throws shot in the game. The Cards were 22 of 34, while the Panthers were 18 of 29. Brady Samuelson led Langdon-Munich with eight points.