Team named East Subsection 5A champs with overtime win
by Al Rose
The Barnum Bombers boys basketball team took the East Subsection 5A title in an exciting 51-46 overtime win over the Onamia Panthers at Mora on Tuesday, March 12. The Bombers, with a 25-18 halftime lead, were led by Brandon Newman’s 30 points, including four three-pointers, and Daniel Warpula’s 10 points, including Barnum’s other three-pointer. The Bombers continued their quest for a State Tournament berth with only three losses on the season.
Barnum went 4-for-8 from outside the arc in the first half. Onamia attempted just two threes and missed both. Barnum went just 6-for-14 on the inside game and Onamia went 8-for-25 inside the lane.
Free throws were not much of a factor in the first half as Barnum went 1-for-3 from the line and Onamia went 2-for-3 from the stripe.
The Bombers cooled off considerably in the second half on the long ball as they went 1-for-6. The inside game struggled at only 3-for-12. Onamia was able to get 2-for-3 from outside the arc, but was strong on the inside at 10-for-19.
Free throws were a big factor in the second half. While the Bombers went a good 10-for-16 from the foul line, the Panthers sank 3-for-7 at the stripe
The game-tying basket came with one second on the clock. With Barnum up by two, the Panthers in-bounded the ball. The ball was winged on a prayer to the backboard by Panther Josh Straka and came right off to Onamia’s leading rebounder and scorer Zach Kieffer. Kieffer was able to put-back the hard carom and beat the buzzer.
Barnum won the game in overtime with Zach Carlson’s only four points in the game and a couple of free throws by Warpula. The Bombers had outscored the Panthers 7-2 in OT with Kieffer getting a last basket.
For the game, the Bombers went 5-for-14 (36 percent) and 9-for-26 (35 percent) on the inside aspect for a total of 19-for-40 (47 percent) for the game on field goals. Adding in the free throws, it was 11-for-18 (61 percent) from the foul line. The Onamia Panthers went 1-for-5 on the long ball, but were 18-for-44 (41 percent) inside for a total of 19-for-49 (39 percent) on the total field goals for the game. From the foul line, the Panthers were 4-for-9 (44 percent) for the game.
The taller Panthers only out-rebounded the Bombers 21-19 for the game. The Bombers out-stole the Panthers 5-3. Barnum out-passed Onamia 6-4 in the game. The Bombers had 11 turnovers in the game while the Panthers committed nine lost possessions.
The following represents points, rebounds, steals and assists (including three pointers) for the Bombers: Newman: 30 (5), 4, ,3 , 3; Warpula: 10 (1), 6, 0, 0; Tory Slater: 5, 0, 0, 0; Carlson: 4, 2, 0, 1; Nicholas Jelinek: 2, 3, 0, 0.
Bombers fall to Carals
by Dan Lingle
The Bombers headed to Crosby to take on the Upsala Cardinals on March 15, for the Section 5A title and chance to advance to State competition.
The game started out well for the Bombers, with the boys trading basket for basket with the Cardinals. Bomber Newman once again led the Bombers' attack, putting up 11 first half points, nine of which were from beyond the arc. Warpula struggled to find his range, only putting up seven first half points. Carlson went to the free throw line to add two points for the first half, while Sam Anderson and Slater both added two points to give the Bombers 24 points going into halftime.
The Bombers trailed 30-24, but it was setting up to be an exciting and physical game — at times it seemed more like a hockey or football game.
The Cardinals took advantage of their size and pounded through the Bombers, with no calls against them.
Newman again tried to rally the troops and led the Bombers in the second half with an additional 10 points, but would leave the game early with five fouls. Warpula put up five second half points, while Carlson and Anderson both got four points in the second half. Nathan Jelinek landed a long ball to score three points. Mitchell Weller, Chase Peterson, and Dakotah Haley came off the bench to put up a pair of points each.
The game finished with the Bombers falling to the Cardinals 76-56, ending there drive to the State tournament.
Newman ended the night leading the Bombers' scoring with 21 points, two rebounds, one assist and two steals. Warpula ended the night with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Carlson finished the night with six points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal. Anderson finished his high school career with six points, eight rebounds and three steals. Nathan Jelinek had three points and one rebound. Slater put up two points and one steal. Weller had two points and one rebound. Peterson had two points, as did Haley.
Next year the Bombers basketball team may be bumped up to section 7AA, which will bring some tough competition.