Finish year with a 12-9 record
The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals hoped to put things together and make a deep run in the Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament held in Devils Lake on March 4-7, but the choppy play that has troubled the Cardinals most of the year showed up again in their opening round game against New Rockford-Sheyenne.
By JAKE KULLAND
Republican Sports Writer
The Rockets used an 18-2 first quarter run to win the game 56-41. The loss ended the Cardinals season with a record of 12-9. Three seniors- Alex Lowery, Dylan Fetsch and Holden Mack-ended their careers with the Cards basketball program. The Rockets made it to the championship game of the tourney versus Four Winds- Minnewaukan, which was played on March 7.
When asked about the season overall, Cardinals head coach Andy Haaven said, “This was a season of ups and downs for our team, with some good wins and some tough losses. Even though it didn’t end how we maybe would have hoped, progress was being made, lessons were learned, and I expect we will come back stronger next season. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank everyone for their support for Cardinals basketball throughout the season.”
The defense was stellar for both teams the whole game between Langdon-Edmore-Munich and New Rockford-Sheyenne. Tucker Longnecker would be a big key for the Rockets, as he put in nine first quarter points, and he played a large part in the first quarter run that would help NR-S win the game.
Trailing 21-6 after the opening frame, the Cardinals did fight back to get the lead down to single digits at halftime, 30-21. Six different Cards scored in the rally.
The closest Langdon-Edmore- Munich would get in the second half would be six points at 32-26 early in the third quarter. The Rockets would close out the third outscoring the Cardinals 14-6 and led 46-32 going into the fourth. Cardinals point guard Simon Romfo fouled out early in the fourth quarter, which ended hopes of a miracle comeback.
Jackson Delvo led the Cardinals, who did not have a player score in double figures, with nine points. Sean Gette had a nice game off the bench with eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Longnecker finished his career game with 21 points and nine rebounds.
The Cardinals had a very difficult night shooting, going 29 percent from the field for the game and shot just 1 of 12 from the 3-point line.
NEW ROCKFORD-SHEYENNE 56,
LEM — 6 15 11 9 — 41
NRS — 21 9 16 10 — 56
Langdon-Edmore-Munich — Jackson Delvo 9, Grant Romfo 8, Sean Gette 8, Alex Lowery 6, Simon Romfo 5, Jagger Worley 3, Ordale Morstad 2
New Rockford-Sheyenne — Tucker Longnecker 20, Bo Belquist 15, Teddy Allmaras 12, Parker Granger 4, Hunter Thompson 2, Nathan Holzworth 2
Rebounds — LEM: 32 (Morstad 7, Gette 6); NRS: 35 (Longnecker 9)
Assists — LEM: 7 (Gette 3); NRS: 13 (Belquist 7)
Steals — LEM: 7 (Delvo 3); NRS: 12
Blocks — LEM: 5 (Lowery, Delvo 2); NRS: 2
Turnovers — LEM: 19; NRS: 12
Field goal % — LEM: 15/51 (29%); NRS: 23/58 (40%)
Free throw % — LEM: 10/12 (83%); NRS: 7/12 (57%)