With Mayer Lutheran on a 6-0 run early on its home court, Jordan senior forward Thomas Gutzmer ran down to the other end of the floor. While waiting for the ball to get down to that end, Gutzmer repeatedly told his teammates two words: calm down.
Gutzmer’s message appeared to make a difference. Despite some jabs from the Crusaders, they never got close enough to knock out the Hubmen on Tuesday night as Jordan defeated Mayer Lutheran 62-50. It was the second time this season the Hubmen beat their league foe.
Jordan (18-3, 12-0) and Mayer Lutheran (15-7, 10-2) had established themselves as two of the best teams in the Minnesota River Conference entering Tuesday’s showdown. The only thing separating them in the standings was the Hubmen’s 60-56 win over the Crusaders on Jan. 17. The rematch was an opportunity for Mayer Lutheran to even the season series and tie Jordan atop the standings.
Jordan had a game in hand over Mayer Lutheran in the Minnesota River Conference standings heading into Tuesday’s matchup at Mayer Lutheran High School. By the end of the night, the Hubmen widened their lead to two games, as Jordan rolled past the Mayer Lutheran 62-50.
The Hubmen, ranked No. 8 in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News, won their first matchup against the Crusaders 60-56 at home on Jan. 17.
After scoring 35 points in the first meeting, Jordan junior guard Ryan Samuelson picked up where he left off, scoring a game-high 21 points.
Jordan (18-3, 12-0) had three players reach double figures in points, with senior forward Ryan Friedges tallying 13 points and senior forward Thomas Gutzmer adding 12.
The Crusaders (15-7, 10-2) were outscored 14-3 to end the first half and never recovered. Senior guard Baden Noennig had a team-high 18 points while senior guard Brendan Feltman was the only other Mayer Lutheran player in double figures, adding 11 points.
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