Jason Hermreck led Andale to a 58-46 victory over Clearwater on Friday night, scoring 20 points to lead all players.
Hermreck’s big night caught Clearwater and coach Dustin Clevenger by surprise.
“He’s a kid that’s kinda just a role player for them but tonight stepped up big and hit some big shots,” Clevenger said.
Hermreck said he has been working on his speed to the basket and his shooting, putting up around 100 shots per day during shootarounds.
Hermreck scored seven of Andale’s 14 points in the first quarter, including a three-pointer to kick things off. Hermreck said an early lead was something the team was aiming for.
“We wanted to get out to a quick lead and hopefully not let that lead come back,” Hermreck said
Hermreck‘s basket kicked off an 11-3 run with 4:20 left in the first half. He capped that run off with a three-pointer for a 25-14 Andale lead at halftime.
In the second half, Clearwater mounted a rally, scoring more points (16) in the third quarter than they did in the entire first half. But Andale kept pace.
Andale’s Bo Knoblauch scored all seven of his points in the second half.
“I was just driving to the hole and shot some threes,” Knoblauch said. “Just tried to hit shots for the team.”
Johnny Becker led Clearwater with 17 points.
“We’ve got the ability, it just takes locking down defensively and putting the effort forth every night,” Clevenger said.
Andale coach Jeff Buchanan praised his squad, citing their unselfishness.
“They came out and battled their tails off and throughout the game, every tip we tried to give them they worked hard at trying to execute that,” Buchanan said. “The nice thing about this group is they are very willing to share the ball and they don’t care who scores.”
ANDALE: Bruna 3, H. Knoblauch 10, Bo Knoblauch 7, Macari 4, Walstad 6, Hemreck 20, Ast 8.
CLEARWATER: Wells 3, Becker 17, Neises 6, Roth 4, Van Deest 7, Hall 7, Bates 2.