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Glover sets Madelia’s single-game scoring record in win

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Madelia’s Ja’Sean Glover puts up a shot in the paint as Immanuel Lutheran’s Austin Hannel (2) and Peter Olmanson (4) defend on Monday night at Madelia High School.

MADELIA — Ja’Sean Glover’s 51 points on Monday night broke Madelia’s single-game scoring record as the Blackhawks cruised to a 90-46 win over Immanuel Lutheran in nonconference boys’ basketball action.

Glover set the previous mark of 47 points in a game last season.

He also finished the game on Monday with eight rebounds and four steals.

Glover said that his record-breaking performance felt rewarding.

“It feels rewarding,” Glover said. “I put the time in on and off the court to build and get this record. So it’s rewarding.”

Ethan Arndt also added 12 points for the Blackhawks, while Ramiro Zamora had eight steals.

Immanuel Lutheran was led by Austin Hanel’s 23 points, while Jaxon Libby chipped in 10.

After the Trojans opened the game with a 6-0 run, Glover got Madelia on the board with a layup and kickstarted a 10-0 run. After a bucket inside minutes later had the Trojans down 20-15, the Blackhawks went on a 22-2 run to break things open.

Glover collected 14 of the team’s points during the run, including a pair of 3s. Bryan Campos and Blake Altenburg knocked down a 3 each during the run, while Vaughn Nolan added Madelia’s other bucket inside.

The Blackhawks continued to grow their lead and led 44-18 after Glover broke away for a slam dunk. Madelia led 56-24 at the half.

Minutes into the second half, three consecutive buckets by Glover put the Blackhawks up 73-31. After Glover was subbed out with a little less than 10 minutes to go, Arndt came in and continued to score for Madelia, getting all 12 of his points in the final 10 minutes.

A free throw by Eagan Rathman led to the final score and was the largest lead of the night for Madelia.

Glover said that as the season winds down and playoffs approach, the Blackhawks need to bring the energy earlier in games.

“We’ve got a bad habit of starting off with no energy or intensity, so we’ve got to improve on that,” he said.

Madelia head coach Jeff VanHee said that Glover has been fun to watch and that he earned his record.

“I don’t want to run it up on anybody, but [Ja’Sean] just enjoys playing,” VanHee said. “He works so hard, just to have that opportunity in front of him, we just let him go because he’s earned it for playing as many years for varsity as he has. He had the opportunity, felt it, and he’s just fun to watch.”

Madelia moved to 5-11 with the win.

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