Cyclones return home with win over the Trojans

Senior Cyclone Franz Reisz led the way with 16 points in Tuesday’s 53-33 home win over the Atlantic Trojans, earning their 11th win of the season, and handing Atlantic their 14th loss.

“My teammates were passing it in, doing a really good job,” Reisz said. “Drawing the foul, getting it in, and it worked great.”

The first shot of the game came from Sophomore Trojan Gavin McLaren giving his team an early 3-0 lead, but it didn’t take long for the Cyclones to tie up the game courtesy of Reisz with a shot at the basket, followed by a free throw tying the game at three.

Senior Trojan Nolan Waters put his team back in front with a shot from 3-point range, but the Cyclones tied it up again with a 3-pointer from Senior Jason Erlemeier. Following Erlemeier’s shot the Cyclones offense got going with Junior Ben Leinen making a shot up at the net, followed by back-to-back 3-point shots from Senior Will Arkfeld, and a mid-range jump shot from Senior Brehden Eggerss, leading 16-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Reisz continued to dominate on the offensive end of the floor, scoring the first Cyclone bucket in the second quarter, followed by a shot where he was fouled, going to the line, and adding the extra point to complete the 3-point play, putting his team up 21-13.

Leinen followed with another basket, along with Erlemeier who launched another 3-pointer, forcing a timeout from Trojan head coach Dalton Franken. When play resumed, Reisz was fouled, making one of two shots. Leinen snagged the rebound, passed the ball to Reisz where he drew another foul, making another basket. A few more shots were made on both sides, with the Cyclones taking a 31-18 point lead into halftime.

“We really wanted to come out those first three minutes and get them with a run,” said Cyclone Head Coach Mitch Osborn. “Unfortunately, we did not. We weren’t scoring. We went three minutes without scoring a bucket, but they didn’t score, so we held them to 18 points for half the quarter, and they only scored four points in the third quarter, so just a phenomenal job defensively and rebounding, limiting them to one shot.”

The first shot of the third quarter came from Reisz, which was followed by a timeout from Franken. When play resumed, Arkfeld made a 3-pointer followed by Junior Jozef Reisz getting his first bucket of the game, putting the Cyclones up 38-18.

McLaren got the Trojans on the board late in the third quarter with their first bucket of the half, followed by another bucket where he was fouled, but couldn’t sink the extra point. Franz Reisz capped off the quarter with another shot taking a 44-22 point lead into the final quarter.

Arkfeld opened the quarter with a shot from 3-point range continuing to extend the Cyclone lead, followed by another basket from Jozef Reisz. The Trojans responded with back-to-back shots from Senior Colton Rasmussen, forcing a timeout from Osborn.

When play resumed, McLaren made another basket, cutting the Cyclone lead to 17 points, but the Cyclones cruised to victory, earning their second win in a row.

“We’re just doing a really good job putting it in, getting it out, and finding an open man,” Reisz said. “As you can see from this game all the work we’ve put in, and it feels really good to win this.”

The Cyclones return to action Thursday on the road against a non-conference opponent in the 2A #7 ranked 17-4 Treynor Cardinals. The Cardinals are led by Jace Tams, averaging 19.6 points per game, Karson Elwood, averaging 6.4 rebounds, and Alec Lovely, averaging 5.4 assists.

“They’re a great team,” Osborn said. “They’re ranked in the top eight in 2A, and we know it’s going to be quite a challenge on the road. We’ve just really got to take it one game at a time.”



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