HIBBING — Once again, a lack of depth caught up with the Hibbing Community College men’s basketball team.
Vermilion was too deep and too fast for the Cardinals as the Ironmen raced to a 113-65 MCAC Northern Division victory over Hibbing Wednesday at Cardinal Gymnasium.
Vermilion kept coming at the Cardinals wave after wave, and even though Hibbing tried to put up a fight, the Ironmen were too strong to handle.
“They did have a bench to sub in some guys, so they could keep them fresh,” Hibbing coach Paul Ciochetto said. “Paul (Vermilion coach Paul McDonald) did that, and it was a good strategy, keeping his guys fresh, and keep running us up-and-down the court.
“We couldn’t stay with them for the 40 minutes.”
The Cardinals started the game just fine, but the same-old problem surfaced again, not making shots.
The Ironmen went on a 24-5 run to make it 31-11, and Hibbing would chasing again.
“That was the case,” Ciochetto said. “We had a lot of open shots, and we don’t hit them. That’s where we’re at because we weren’t getting the defensive stops either. They were hitting shots.
“It’s basic math. If they make more shots than we do, we’re not going to win.”
Ciochetto would like to have more push back on defense, but with six players, that’s hard to do.
“We have five basketball players, and one baseball player that we’re thankful that he’s here,” Ciochetto said. “You only have so much energy. We’re using timeouts, not for strategic reasons, but for rest.
“We have to play a perfect game to have a shot. We didn’t do that tonight, but overall, I was pleased with the effort. We did run out of gas, but that’s something we’ll address next year as far as conditioning. Right now, we’ll get to the next game and put together another effort.”
Cole Mammenga and Moses Ogunti would knock down five 3-pointers between them late in the first half, but the Cardinals trailed 58-30 after 20 minutes of play.
The Ironmen counteracted that with nine 3-pointers of their own to grab that 28-point lead.
Coming into the second half, Ciochetto wanted to keep it respectable, but again, Vermilion kept up its hot shooting in the second half, and although Hibbing tried to counter what the Ironmen were trying to do, but it wasn’t enough to get back into the game.
“If we could, keep it even, but definitely keep it under the 28,” Ciochetto said. “You have to realize what cards your dealt. I’m proud of the guys that are still working hard, still here.
“Our sophomores had their last night here, so that was nice to celebrate them, and their commitment to the program. That’s what you want from your kids, that commitment, the effort and the energy. We got that tonight, but we ran out of gas.”
Hibbing was led by Mammenga with 23 points, followed by Shaquille Hopkins with 20 and Ogunti 11.
Devontaye Spates had 28 for Vermilion. Curtis Bell added 26 and David Monell had 23.
VCC 58 55 — 113
HCC 30 35 — 65
Vermilion: David Monell 23, Taray Graves 4, Curtis Bell 26, Reggie Rogers 8, Devontaye Spates 28, Maurice Carter 5, Devarius Davis 9, Kengi Bryant 2, Damon Dunn 3, Anthony Miranda 5.
Hibbing: Moses Ogunti 11, Shaquille Hopkins 20, David Faitha 2, Cole Mammenga 23, Jake Edwards 7, Yazniel Ojeda 2.
Total Fouls: Vermilion 11; Hibbing 7; Fouled Out: None; Free Throws: Vermilion 6-8; Hibbing 7-14; 3-pointers: Monell 5, Bell 4, Rogers, Spates 2, Carter, Davis 3, Miranda, Ogunti 3, Hopkins 3, Mammenga 3, Edwards.
At Cherry, Jessalyn Schroetter eclipsed the 1,000 point mark Wednesday as Cherry rolled over Nashwauk-Keewatin 72-26.
Schroetter led the Tigers with 23 points on the night while teammate Lauren Staples backed her up with 14. Madi Owens led the Spartans with 12 points.
Cherry will be in action again tonight when they host Greenway.
NK 16 10 — 26
CHS 54 18 — 72
Nashwauk-Keewatin: Misty Bozich 1, Jhnnie Waldvogel 7, Madi Owens 12, Chloe Williams 2, Jazlyn Svaleson 2, Emily Howard 2; Three pointers: Owens 2; Free throws: 2-4; Total fouls: 9; Fouled out: none.
Cherry: Abby Rinerson 2, Katie Peterson 4, Lauren Staples 14, Thea Besch 3, Karlee Grondahl 6, Danielle Clement 8, Kaelynn Kudis 8, Jessalyn Schroetter 23, Faith Zganjar 4; Three pointers: Staples 2, Besch 1, Kudis 2; Free throws: 5-9; Total fouls: 11; Fouled out: none.