D-V-E solid in win over Aggies
Austin Markel. enough said. The senior guard led the highlight parade in Park River Monday as the Drayton-Valley-Edinburg Titans defeated Park River-Fordville-Lankin 75-60 to complete a regular season sweep of the Aggies.
Markel poured in 34 points, many of which were of the holy cow variety, as the Titans improved to 10-7 overall.
The Aggies got the lead early behind some hot shooting of their own. Jesse Blasky hit a first quarter three to go along with a pair of quick 15-footers to give the Aggies a 16 to 12 lead. Markel hit the first of his four, 3-point bombs to close the gap to one before Chad Jelinek ended the quarter with a bucket off the breakto give PR-F-L an 18-15 lead after one.
The Aggies stretched the lead to four points early in the second before the Titans started to take control. A Cameron Littlejohn three-pointer got the game to within one at 21-20. Then Cyrus Jensen added four field goals in a four minute span and Markel would score twice on a long jumper and one off a hard drive to the basket. The Titans regained the lead at the 4:00 minute mark at 24 -23 when Jenson muscled up inside for two more points.
Freshman Ben Phelps contributed big for the Titans as he began his 12-point night by getting four points midway through the quarter. Phelps would scored first field goal with 3:30 to play in the half giving the Titans their largest lead of the game, 33-27. From there it was a pair of baskets by Jensen that took D-V-E to the halftime locker room up 37-30.
The Aggies were just 4-for-12 from the free throw line in the first half, something that would continue to haunt them in the second half.
In the third quarter the Aggies worked hard enough to keep things interesting.
A three-pointer by Blasky and a big eight-point quarter by Esten Beneda kept the Aggies close. Every time the Aggies were poised to make a move, Markel answered with a big basket of his own. Markel scored 12 points in the third keeping the Titans on top, 55-48 heading into the fourth quarter.
Phelps scored twice more in the fourth to go along with a nice three-point play by fellow freshman Jacob Larson. Larson’s two plus one at the 5:00 minute mark came after a Jordan Johnson three-pointer that had closed the gap to five.
From there it was all Titans. Phelps hit two more from the line and Markel continued scoring and closed out the 15-point win in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.