Elks reach Region 4B semifinals

Jason Salzman/salzmanstudios.com: Elkton-Lake Benton’s Matthew Nibbe (5) scores in the paint over Ethan’s Jay Storm (3) and Kody Klumb during the first quarter of the Elks’ 50-39 victory over the Rustlers in Region 4B quarterfinal action Tuesday night in Elkton. ELB plays Howard in the semifinals Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

ELKTON – Elkton-Lake Benton pulled away in the second half to beat Ethan 50-39 in a Region 4B boys’ basketball quarterfinal Tuesday night.

The Elks led 12-10 after a quarter and 20-19 at halftime. They extended the advantage to 34-29 at the end of three and then outscored the Rustlers 16-10 over the final 8 minutes.

ELB used a balanced attack offensively.

Matthew Nibbe and Miles Harming both totaled 14 points and Marcus Harming added 13.

Nibbe also grabbed eight rebounds and came up with a pair of steals.

Marcus Harming dished out six assists and added a pair of steals.

The Elks turned the ball over just three times and shot 41.3% (19-of-46) from the field.

For Ethan (15-6), Eric Gustafson scored 12 points.

Elkton-Lake Benton (17-4) – the No. 4 seed in the region – faces No. 1 Howard (18-3) in the semifinals Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Region 4B – Quarterfinals

Tuesday

Howard 63, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 25

Elkton-Lake Benton 50, Ethan 39

Hanson 73, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 50

Dell Rapids St. Mary 57, Chester Area 52

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