Dutchmen breeze to victory over Elkhart


MAX KOSSMAN of Elkhart Lake tries to score over Oostburg’s Jake Daane in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. – Photo by Mike McGill MAX KOSSMAN of Elkhart Lake tries to score over Oostburg’s Jake Daane in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Oostburg poured in eight three-pointers and held Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah to only 22-percent shooting from the field to pave the way for a 59-27 rout in boys basketball play here Tuesday night.

The Flying Dutchmen raised their Central Lakeshore Conference record to 4-6 (4-10 overall). The Resorters fell to 0-11 in CLC action (1- 15 overall).

Leading the way for the Duchmen’s three-point sharpshooting was senior guard Lukas Meerdink who hit three of them en route to scoring a game-high 15 points. Meerdink popped in 10 points, including two treys, to spark Oostburg to a 28-9 halftime lead.

“Elkhart does a good job of stretching out your defense and I thought we were pretty disciplined in handling their cutters,” said Oostburg head coach Kevin Bruggink.

“We moved the ball well on offense and were willing to make the extra pass. Lukas Meerdink played a complete game – passing well and defending [Trevor] Taubenheim.”

Taubenheim, the Resorters’ top scorer this season, was held to nine points – only two in the first half.

“For the most part I thought the kids handled their full-court pressure exceptionally well. We shot just 11 percent from the field [in the first half at 3-for-27] and when that happens you are not going to win,” said Resorter head coach Ray Mlada.

“We also got beat up on the glass and against a team like Oostburg who can really shoot it, you have to hold them to one attempt per possession.”

The Dutchmen led 25-20 in rebounding and had seven offensive boards. Oostburg committed only seven turnovers to Elkhart’s 16.

Max Kossman shared Elkhart’s scoring honors with Taubenheim at nine. Kossman hit three 3-pointers. Taubenheim had a team-high eight rebounds.

Noah Ruh paced the Resorters in assists with two. Taubenheim led in steals with a pair.

Jake Daane paced Oostburg in assists with five. Meerdink had a teambest four steals. Daane, Meerdink and Jacob Gross led in rebounds with four each.

“I thought some of our young guys played well, especially Tyler Schultz and Max Kossman,” said Mlada.

“I also thought Jordan Bahr played with a great deal of focus and our posts [Owen Kalbacken, Stuart Zelle and Hunter Schoenborn] battle hard every game,” said the Elkhart coach.

“Justin Hoffmann once again provided strong leadership with lots of talk on defense,” said Bruggink.


Score by Quarters
Oostburg............12 16 19 12 – 59
ElkhartLake........4 5 810–27

Oostburg scoring: Brett Ebbers 3, Jake Daane 10, Ryan Hafeman 4, Lukas Meerdink 15, Justin Hoffmann 6, Tyler Anderson 2, Jordan Molter 6, Tristan Van Ess 6, Jacob Gross 2, Caleb Chaloupka 5. Three-point goals: Ebbers 1, Daane 2, Meerdink 3, Hoffmann 2.

Elkhart Lake scoring: Max Kossman 9, Trevor Taubenheim 9, Gunnr Johnson 2, Tyler Schultz 6, Owen Kalbacken 1. Three-point goals: Kossman 3, Taubenheim 2.

Field goals: Oostburg 20-47, 42%; Elkhart Lake 8-37, 22%. Free throws: Oostburg 11-15, 73%; Elkhart Lake 6-8, 75%.

Rebounds: Oostburg 25, Elkhart Lake 20. Turnovers: Oostburg 7, Elkhart Lake 16.

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