No. 2 Bombers drop overtime thriller to No. 3 Tigers in RRC classic: Ballard falls to Carroll, 59-58

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Ballard's Kale Krogh goes for a reverse layup during the No. 2 (3A) Bombers' 59-58 overtime loss to No. 3 Carroll  Friday in Huxley. Ballard regrouped to pound Kuemper Catholic on Saturday at Huxley, 87-49.

HUXLEY - The Ballard boys’ basketball team bounced back from a tough loss to No. 3 Carroll with a vengeance by thrashing Kuemper Catholic Saturday, 87-49.

The Bombers fell to Carroll in overtime on Friday, 59-58. They took out their frustrations in a big way on Kuemper Catholic, outsourcing the Knights 35-8 in the first quarter and building a 58-21 lead by halftime.

Ballard shot an incredible 60 percent from the field and was an impressive 12 of 22 from 3-point range in improving to 5-1 on the season. The Bombers also had 10 offensive rebounds and they recorded eight steals defensively.

Mason Murphy became Ballard’s all-time leader in assists during the game. He surpassed Patrick Truby’s career mark of 280 after dishing out two against Kuemper Catholic.

Murphy also scored 16 points against the Knights. Ashton Hermann had 19 points and five steals, Connor Drew 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds, Isaiah Peasley 12 points with four 3-pointers and Kale Krogh four points, five rebounds and five assists.

Kyler Watson scored five points and Colby Calvert and Kade Miller added four apiece for Ballard. Jacob Ross scored three and Bryce Haessig and Jayden Cattell chipped in two apiece.

Ballard 87, Kuemper Catholic 49

KC     8   13   10   18 - 49

B      35   23   15   14 - 87

Ballard (87) - Mason 6-12 2-3 16, Isaiah Peasley 4-5 0-0 12, Ashton Hermann 8-12 1-1 19, Connor Drew 7-8 0-1 16, Kale Krogh 2-5 0-1 4, Alex Upah 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Petersen 0-1 0-0 0, Kyler Watson 2-2 0-0 5, Colby Calvert 2-4 0-0 4, Kade Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Jacob Ross 1-3 0-0 3, Bryce Haessig 1-3 0-0 2, Jayden Cattell 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 36-60 3-6 87. 3-point field goals (12): Peasley 4, Murphy 2, Hermann 2, Drew 2, Watson, Ross. Rebounds (31): Drew 5, Krogh 5. Assists (26): Drew 7. Steals (8): Hermann 5. Blocks (2): Krogh, Miller. Fouls: 11

HUXLEY - Ballard may have let one get away in its Raccoon River Conference showdown with Carroll Friday.

But the Bombers won’t be dwelling on it for too long.

Ballard dropped a 59-58 thriller to the Tigers in overtime. The Bombers entered the game ranked second in Class 3A and Carroll was ranked third.

Carroll won the game when Kaleb Booth sank the second of two free throws to break a 58-58 tie after he was fouled on a drive with 1.9 seconds left. Ballard’s Connor Drew had just tied the game with a 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds remaining.

The Bombers still had a shot for the win after Booth’s free throw. But Ashton Hermann’s 30-foot shot was off the mark. 

“That’s how a game No. 2 versus No. 3 should be,” Ballard head coach Jeff Schertz said. “Overtime and that kind of stuff. That’s a valuable experience for us for the future.”

Ballard looked destined to win the game early in the fourth quarter.

After seeing a 14-point lead cut to nine Ballard went back up 12 in the fourth quarter when a one-handed dunk from Hermann made the score 49-37. But Colby Christensen hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Carroll within two and the Tigers eventually took a 50-49 on two free throws from Tory Feldman.

The two teams went back and forth for a bit then Mason Murphy scored off a drive and spin move to even the score at 53-53. Booth and Drew were both off on a shot in the final seconds to force the extra period.

Carroll’s Kelin Jones converted a three-point play on a putback with 19.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Tigers a 3-point lead. Ten seconds later Drew hit his clutch 3-pointer to tie the score and set up the dramatic finish.

Ballard was flustered a bit with Carroll’s strategy of holding onto the ball for extended possessions down the stretch. 

“We tried to stop some of the bleeding,” Schertz said. “They took the lead and they were trying to hold the ball and bleed the clock out a little bit. I’m proud that our guys didn’t give up.”

Ballard dropped to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Carroll improved to 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.

Murphy and Hermann both had 14 points and Drew 12 for Ballard. Murphy also had five rebounds and six assists, Hermann four rebounds and two assists and Drew eight rebounds.

Kale Krogh tacked on seven points and six rebounds. Isaiah Peasley hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points off the bench for Ballard. 

Christensen led Carroll with 16 points and four assists and Jones scored 13 points and added four rebounds and three assists off the bench for the Tigers. Kaleb Booth tacked on 11 points and three assists and Nick Macke 10 points.

The loss may have stung a little, but it wasn’t the end of the world for a Ballard team with plenty of experienced talent back from last year’s team that placed fourth at state. Another conference championship is still well within reach.

“We’ll learn from this one,” Drew said. “It’s not too big of a deal right now. We’ve got a lot of games left.”

Among those games is a rematch with Carroll Jan. 29 at Carroll.

“We’ve got a good team…they do too,” Schertz said. “We get the chance to play them again.”

Schertz noted that basketball is a tournament sport. 

Ballard's Mason Murphy flips a shot past Carroll's Kaleb Booth during the second half of the Bombers' 59-58 overtime loss to the Tigers in an RRC showdown at Huxley Friday.

The ultimate goal is for Ballard to be playing its best basketball during districts and state. That is what happened for the Bombers during their magical run to a repeat state appearance and top-four finish in 3A a year ago.

“We’re going to need games like this,” Drew said. “When we’re in the championship game at state in the Well we’re going to turn around and we’re going to finish.”

Carroll 59, Ballard 58 (OT)

C    12   14   11   16    6 - 59

B     20  18     8     7    5 - 58

Carroll (59) - Kaleb Booth 4-14 1-2 11, Nick Macke 4-8 1-1 10, Colby Christensen 5-16 1-2 16, Tory Feldman 1-5 2-2 4, Kelin Jones 3-4 6-7 13, Treyton Goins 2-5 0-0 5. Totals: 19 11-14 59. 3-point field goals (10): Christensen 5, Booth 2, Macke, Jones, Goins. Fouls: 9. Rebounds (24): Feldman 8. Assists (14): Christensen 4. Steals (7): Feldman 3. Blocks: None. Fouls: 9. Fouled out. Macke.

Ballard (58) - Mason Murphy 6-13 0-0 14, Sam Petesen 1-2 0-0 2, Kyler Watson 0-0 0-0 0, Isaiah Peasley 2-5 2-3 8, Ashton Hermann 6-13 2-3 14, Kade Miller 0-2 1-2 1, Connor Drew 5-9 0-0 12, Jacob Ihle 0-3 0-0 0, Kale Krogh 3-4 1-2 7. Totals: 23-51 6-8 58. 3-point field goals (6): Murphy 2, Peasley 2, Drew 2. Rebounds (29): Drew 8. Assists (12): Murphy 6. Steals (4): Murphy, Drew, Ihle, Petersen. Fouls: 19. Fouled out. Ihle.

CARLISLE - Ballard was in complete command from the start against Carlisle in a 76-38 victory over the Wildcats Dec. 15.

The Bombers led by 10 points after the first quarter, 16 points at the half and 30 points after three quarters. The victory put them at 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Raccoon River Conference.

Ballard shot a fantastic 58.6 % from the field and held Carlisle to 26.9 % shooting. The Bombers also held a huge 36-23 rebounding advantage and they forced 16 turnovers.

Connor Drew posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Ashton Hermann went for 20 points and five steals for Ballard in the win. Kale Krogh added nine points and five rebounds, Isaiah Peasley hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points off the bench, Kade Miller put up six points and Sam Petersen scored five in his first game of the season.

Mason Murphy and Jacob Ihle both scored four points for Ballard. Murphy also dished out five assists and Ihle came away with three steals.

Carter Preonsil led Carlisle with 10 points. Ryan Petersen added eight points and five rebounds for the Wildcats. 

Ballard 76, Carlisle 38

B   17   18   24   17 - 76

C     7   12   10     9 - 38

Ballard (76) - Mason Murphy 2-6 0-0 4, Ashton Hermann 9-13 1-1 20, Connor Drew 8-9 0-1 18, Jacob Ihle 2-4 0-0 4, Kale Krogh 4-7 1-2 9, Alex Upah 1-3 0-0 2, Sam Petersen 2-2 0-0 5, Kyler Watson 0-2 0-0 0, Colby Calvert 0-1 0-0 0, Isaiah Peasley 3-5 0-0 8, Kade Miller 3-6 0-0 6, Jacob Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Haessig 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 34-58 2-4 76. 3-point field goals (6): Drew 2, Peasley 2, Hermann, Petersen. Rebounds (36): Drew 13. Assists (14): Murphy 5. Steals (8): Hermann 5. Blocks (5): Drew 2. Fouls: 14.

Carlisle (38) - Cole Osterhaus 3-12 0-0 6, Jacob Imhoff 2-7 0-0 6, Carter Prenosil 3-9 4-4 10, Karson Dunn 0-0 0-0 0, C.J. Whisler 0-6 0-0 0, Kaden Baxter 0-1 0-0 0, Isaac Comito 1-2 0-0 2, Ryan Petersen 2-3 4-4 8, Aiden Chanthavong 1-4 1-2 3, Jackson Barry 0-0 0-0 0, Max Mitchell 1-4 0-0 2, Wyatt Sobieszkoda 1-2 1-1 3, Cooper Frey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 14-52 10-11 38. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (23): Petersen 5. Assists (4): Osterhaus, Whisler, Petersen, Mitchell. Steals (6): Osterhaus 3. Blocks (1): Chanthavong. Fouls: 8.