G-H-V started this one strong, then finished it the same way, and that was enough to send the Golden Bears back to Algona with their first loss of the young season.
The middle of the game was marred by a seemingly serious injury to Cardinals forward Lucas Rayhons. He went up for a rebound in the second quarter and landed awkwardly on his head and back. Play was suspended for more than 20 minutes while medical professionals arrived. Rayhons gave a thumbs up on the stretcher while being taken out of the gym.
Up to that point, the Cardinals had been playing great, but were noticeably shaken up by the injury to their teammate. The third quarter belonged to Bishop Garrigan, and the No. 2 Bears even took a brief lead. But things settled again in the fourth quarter for the Cardinals, and they ended up winning this one rather comfortably.
G-H-V was led by Landon Dalbeck, the junior wing was impressive while scoring a game-high 25 points. Northern Iowa recruit James Betz was everywhere, going for 17 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. The Cardinals improved to 4-1 with the win.
Bishop Garrigan (4-1) was led by TJ Schnurr’s 13 points. Brothers Cade Winkel and Angelo Winkel put in 12 points each.
Bishop Garrigan — 12 15 21 10 — 58
G-H-V — 19 17 15 17 — 68
Bishop Garrigan: TJ Schnurr 13, Cade Winkel 12, Angelo Winkel 12, Brad Capesius 7, John Joyce 6, Cameron Baade 6, Marcus Plathe 2.
G-H-V: Landon Dalbeck 25, James Betz 17, Jared Graham 12, Justin Reding 6, Brody Boehnke 3, Zachary Suby 3, Lucas Rayhons 2.
Landon Dalbeck, 6’4 G/F, 2020 (GHV)
Nobody surprised us more than Dalbeck did tonight, and in a game chock-full of high-ranked players and prospects, this 6’4 junior shined the brightest. He’s a sniper from deep, and one of his five 3-balls was a step-back off the bounce, so yes, he’s got some serious skill. He’s got good size, a good feel for the game, and was getting it done defensively, too, jumping passing lanes well and coming away with four steals. He’ll be in the next installment of 2020 prospect rankings.
Even when Betz is a little bit off with his shooting, he’ll always find ways to impact the game. That’s because of his elite bounce and his extraordinary length (I live streamed this game, and even through the computer screen it was clear as day). Betz, a Northern Iowa recruit was trying to get the jumper going, but it wasn’t dropping. Still, the senior forward was able make his presence felt by scoring in the paint, including a big breakaway jam, and snaring 12 rebounds, four of them offensive. When his shot does start dropping with more regularity, watch out.
Just a sophomore, Winkel, a Division I prospect, looks very comfortable in his role as a top performer for this Bishop Garrigan team. He’s been wrecking shop all season, but today, against another high-level prospect (Betz), he was unable to really have the dominant performance he’s been accustomed to having. Still, he made a big impact while swatting four shots and pulling down nine boards. He got loose for a big jam in the second half, too. His ability to control glass and block shots are what makes him special right now.
Cade Winkel, 6’4 F, 2020 (BG)
The older Winkel brother set the tone early for the Bears, scoring six first quarter points and getting it done on the boards, specifically the offensive boards. He tends to stay around the block, and can use his bigger frame and crafty style to excel down there, even against taller guys.
Schnurr was passive early, but got things going late, scoring a flurry of points in the fourth quarter to keep his team withing striking distance until close to the end. His nine fourth quarter points are a glimpse into how dangerous he can be offensively; he was scoring from all three levels, and from the free-throw line. His three offensive rebounds were also a team-best.
Jared Graham, 5’11 PG, 2018 (GHV)
This is a high-quality senior point guard for the Cardinals, and he was dishing it out like a true floor general tonight, amassing a game-high seven assists. He’s got that quick first-step, which allows him to get into the paint and disperse the ball from there. But he can score it once he gets there, too. All 12 of his points came from inside the arc, he only attempted one 3. His stoke from the line is butter.
Cameron Baade, 6′ SG, 2020 (BG)
The junior shooting guard came in off the bench for the Golden Bears and made his presence felt with his pretty stroke from beyond the arc. He canned two 3-balls in this one, and got in there to grab three rebounds for good measure. So far this season, he’s 4-7 from deep. That’s a small sample size, but with the stroke he’s got, he might get a lot more chances here soon.