3-pointers key Teutons' tourney win

By Steve Sell
January 20, 2016
File-Kevin Case

BURRTON — The Inman boys are coming on like gangbusters.

After a painful start to their basketball season, the Teutons’ young team has grown up in a hurry.

The Teutons apparently are the kryptonite for Central Christian, handing the Cougars a 53-50 loss Tuesday in the first round of the Burrton Invitational. Central is 7-3 on the year, but two of the losses have come to the Teutons.

Inman, now 4-7, advances to Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinals to play Little River.

“We played OK tonight,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “We didn’t have the same pop to us that we have had here lately. Central once again really spreads you out with shooters. I thought we did a real nice job on (Nate) Heneha.  They went zone and we hit some shots to get them out of it.”

The freshmen duo of Payton Froese and Mason Thiessen came up big. Froese scored 16 points and Thiessen added 13, with both players knocking down three 3-pointers. Thiessen also had eight rebounds.

Lucas Barlow added 10 points to give the Inman offense some balance.

“We must play better Thursday night to win,” Froese said. “My kids are growing up, if that game was earlier this year we probably lose. We still have a lot of things to work on yet, but I’m proud of effort.”