HCHS junior Johnathan Monson (25) attempts a reverse layup underneath the basket Thursday night as Austin Korner defends for Denison-Schleswig. (Photos by Mike Oeffner) HCHS junior Michael Heithoff (left) eyes a basket inside the lane as Goanar Biliew defends for Denison.

Wiebers’ 10-point run leads D-S past Cyclones

Monarchs complete season sweep of HCHS boys

 DENISON (Jan. 24) -- In a game of runs Thursday night, the Harlan Community boys were able to answer a 16-1 first-half burst by Denison-Schleswig, as well as a third-quarter surge of 17-6.
 But when Monarch guard Charlie Wiebers opened the fourth by scoring 10 straight points on his own, the Cyclones never recovered.
 Wiebers’ one-man run, which included two deep three-pointers, turned a three-point deficit into a 54-47 advantage with 5:22 to go. The Monarchs led by at least four the rest of the way, outscoring HCHS 22-9 in the period and winning 66-56 to sweep the season series.
 The Cyclones have now lost two straight games on the heels of a seven-game winning streak, falling to 9-6 overall. Their Hawkeye Ten Conference record is still 6-3. Denison (5-1 H-10) improved to 9-4.
 “We’ve just got to get more consistent. You can’t have five-minute scoring droughts,” said HCHS coach Mitch Osborn. “We’re up 10-0 the first three minutes, then we go five minutes and don’t score.
 “It came down to (Denison) hit a lot of shots. They were red hot.”
 Johnathan Monson finished with a team-high 16 points for the Cyclones, hitting 3-of-4 threes, and Michael Heithoff had a nice game off the bench with 10 points and six rebounds. Connor Bruck had nine points but the team’s leading scorer on the year, Brett Sears, was held to just seven. HCHS shot 38.3 percent overall.
 Denison, which hit 12-of-21 threes and shot 47 percent, was led by 17 points each from Wiebers and Dawson Dorhout.

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