Rugged play spells victory for Rebel boys


GLYNDON, Minn. -- Bodies collided, players dove on the floor and perspiration dripped from every pore within five minutes of tipoff.

Just watching the breakneck pace set by the defenses of the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Barnesville boys basketball teams Tuesday night was enough to make a spectator's bones ache and muscles tremble with exhaustion.

It's was just a typical day for the Rebels and Trojans, however.

When the dust settled, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton emerged with a 47-34 victory against the Heart O' Lakes Conference rival Trojans.

"Nothing comes easy when these two teams get together," Rebels coach Bob Torgrimson said. "Both teams played pretty good defense at a pretty high level of intensity."


The Class 2A Rebels (12-3 overall, 9-1 HOL), which swarmed to the ball on every Barnesville possession, held the Trojans under 30 percent from the floor for the game.

Barnesville (9-6, 5-5) entered the contest shooting over 50 percent.

"They're play caused us to hurry our shots," Barnesville coach Todd Henrickson said. "We knew we couldn't let their defense dictate our shots. We needed to be a little more patient."

Both team's remained deadlocked in a scoreless tie over two minutes into the first quarter.

Senior guard David Anderson sparked the Rebels' offense with back-to-back 3-pointers to give D-G-F a 10-5 lead late in the first.

"I think we got some momentum from those two shots," Anderson said.

The Trojans connected on just five field goals in the first half.

Senior center Andrew DiAllesandro was the Rebels' workhorse in the paint, muscling his way to the basket for 10 first-half points.


The Rebels held a 26-13 halftime advantage.

The Trojans, who were defeated by D-G-F 61-60 in Barnesville, mounted a small comeback late in the fourth quarter.

Senior guard Brent Durensky capped an 8-2 Trojans run with a long 3-pointer to make the score 41-34 with 2:48 remaining.

But D-G-F turned up the defensive pressure again, holding the Trojans scoreless the rest of the way.

"It was Grade A defense," Torgrimson said of the Rebels' effort. "I'd much rather have it this way than see it get out of hand."

The Rebels outrebounded the Trojans 36-30.

Anderson led D-G-F with 13 points. DiAllesandro finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Durensky and James Carr had eight points to lead Barnesville.


Barnesville 7 13 24 34

D-G-F 10 26 34 47

BARNESVILLE: Hodge 1 0-0 2, Askegaard 0 0-0 0, Carr 3 0-0 8, Durensky 3 0-1 8, Mason 3 0-1 6, J. Anderson 2 0-0 4, Holland 1 4-4 6, Sauve 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 4-6 34.

DILWORTH-GLYNDON-FELTON: D. Anderson 5 1-1 13, M. Johnk 4 1-1 9, Driscoll 2 0-2 5, Costello 3 0-0 6, DiAllesandro 5 0-2 10, Larson 2 0-0 4, Hagen 0 0-0 0,Drechsel 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, C. Johnk 0 0-0 0, Brantner 0 0-0 0, Totals: 22 2-6 47.

3-point goals: Carr 2, Durensky 2, D. Anderson 2, Driscoll. Total fouls: B 13, D-G-F 12. Rebounds: B 21 (Mason 6), D-G-F 34 (DiAllesandro 10).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562

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