By: Adam Bartels
JORDAN – One thing that Jordan head boys basketball coach Matt Urbanek said he wanted his team to play with intensity and they accomplished that in the second half of the game by outscoring Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 38-25 to win 74-54. It was a tightly-called game that saw 59 total free throws between the two teams.
Jordan jump out to an early 12-7 lead thanks to great play from senior forward Micah Hennen who had 14 first half points for the Hubmen. GFW would continue to battle and would win the rebound battle 18-17 in the first half to help give them extra chances on the offensive end. GFW would get the Jordan lead down to one at 26-25, but Jordan would finish the first half on a 10-4 run to put themselves up 36-29.
The second half would start with Micah Hennen hitting a three for Jordan to give them a double-digit lead that would never be any less the rest of the way. Jake Anderson would step up the scoring in the second half by having 12 of his 18 points that included him crashing the boards for 7 rebounds in the half alone to help Jordan re-establish control of the boards. GFW would miss 19 free throws in the game and kept them from making a run in the game thanks to those misses and quick one-and-done offensive possessions. The Hubmen would expand their lead to 30 before GFW would make up ground after both teams starters had finished playing for the evening.
“We’re going win games with hard work, defense and energy,” coach Urbanek said afterward.
GFW would be lead by Cade Leitheiser with 12 points in the game, Jordan was lead by Hennen and Anderson with 18 and 19 respectively. Nick Heitkamp and Andy Schrader would also have good nights by both scoring 10 points.
Jordan improves to 4-4 on the season and will travel to Norwood Young America Tuesday night for Minnesota River Conference action.