Junior Kaden McCullick dropped 11 points, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc, in the fourth quarter to capture Minneapolis’ first win of the season. The Lions defeated the Ellsworth Bearcats at home, 55-49.
Senior TreVaughn Thomas, who didn’t start due to illness earlier in the week, led the way for Minneapolis with a game-high 19 points. Thomas had eight of the team’s 14 points in the first quarter. Ellsworth led after one, 18-14, behind nine points from Senior Jordan Base.
Ellsworth held a one point lead at the half, 24-23.
Minneapolis, who is 1-3 to start the season, would take the lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Bearcats 15-11 in the period, to go up by three heading into the fourth, 38-35.
With Thomas’ 19 points, the Lions got 14 from McCullick, seven points from Sophomore Derek Freel, six from Freshman Trent Moeckel, five from Senior Isaiah Sherbert and four points from Sophomore Jonah Ausherman.
Base led Ellsworth with 13 points. Junior Grant Gwinner and Freshman Avery Haxton both had nine, while Senior Remington Cravens and Junior Branson Schulte dropped eight each.
Minneapolis will travel to face Sacred Heart in a league match on Friday night.
Minneapolis girls lose hard fought battle
The Minneapolis Lions girls fell at home Tuesday night against the Ellsworth Bearcats, 47-35.
Bearcat Senior Kolby Davis scored nine of her game-high 18 points in the third quarter to give Ellsworth the 33-27 lead going into the fourth.
The Lions were outscored 33-21 in the second half. Minneapolis falls to 1-3 on the season.
Senior Faythe Korinek led Minneapolis in scoring with nine points. Junior Karisma Vignery dropped eight, while Senior Courtney Walker and Sophomore Kersti Nelson had seven points each.