Minneapolis Splits Season Opening at Inman


Boys

In a top-down attacking game for Minneapolis, he couldn’t rally late to defeat Inman and lost 56-48 in the season opener.

Colby Rice led the Lions in unofficially scoring with 14 points. Mason Scott was also in double digits at 10. Minneapolis shot three points in clusters, making just 10 of 42 long-range attempts.

For Inman, Tanner Heckel led the Teutons with 17 points.

Inman (1-0) took an early 12-5 lead to start the game, but the Lions fought back to be within five points at the end of the first quarter.

Minneapolis’ offense cooled early in the second quarter, however, allowing Inman to open up a double-digit lead. The Lions bounced back into the second quarter and reduced the Teutons’ lead to 34-27 at halftime.

To start the second half, Minneapolis (0-1) started on a 5-0 run to make it a two-point game, but Inman responded with his own run and took a 45-32 advantage in the last quarter.

Despite a late push from the Lions, Inman managed to hold on in the fourth quarter to secure the victory at home.

Senior Ryker Nelson has been named player of the New-Tech Wireless game. He reportedly had six points and 12 rebounds.

Sophomore Ryan Parks won the H&R Block of the Game.

Girls

Maggie Shupe had a big day in Minneapolis’ 44-39 win over Inman on Friday.

The sophomore Shupe led all scorers with 19 points and reportedly nearly managed a double-double with nine rebounds. For Inman (0-1), Hannah Martisko collected 14 points.

With the win, Minneapolis ended a three-year losing streak.

Minneapolis (1-0) led for most of the contest. Whenever it looked like the Teutons would come back into the game, the Lions managed to keep the lead.

Both teams struggled with turnovers throughout the game, but especially Inman. The Minneapolis defense took its toll and the majority of its points were turnovers.

Shupe had both the H&R Block of the Game and was named New-Tech Wireless Player of the Game. Shupe looked like the Lions’ go-to offensive star this season.

Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday at Ell-Saline. Coverage on 92.7 The New Zoo will begin at 5:45 p.m.


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