The Lyle-Pacelli boys basketball team was looking for win number nine in a row Tuesday night as they continued a busy stretch in their schedule with a road game at Randolph. Freshman Buay Koak lit up the scoreboard with 28 points, Zach Bollingberg added 23 and Jed Nelson scored 19 points as the Athletics, just as they did last Friday night against Spring Grove hit free throws down the stretch to outgun the Rockets 81-75.
Cole Walter added seven points and Mach Diang chipped in with four points for LP, who avenged a 67-58 loss to the Rockets in the opening game of the season on December 3rd. The Athletics are now 5-2 in the Southeast Conference and trail Randolph and Grand Meadow by a half-game in the SEC’s West Division. They are 9-3 overall on the season, and Lyle/Pacelli will be back out on the road for a third straight game Friday night in Mabel against the Bulldogs of Mabel/Canton.
The Southland Rebels boys’ basketball team was trying to knock the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms from the ranks of the unbeaten in a non-conference game in Adams Tuesday evening, but Gabe Hagen led four Blossoms in double figures as BP defeated the Rebels 72-63.
Blooming Prairie outgunned Southland in a high-scoring first half 45-41 and, in a lower scoring second half outscored the Rebels 27-22 on their way to the win. Besides Hagen, Kaden Thomas scored in double figures for BP with 19 points, and Parker Vaith and Zach Weber added 14 and 10 points, respectivley. For Southland, Reece Tapp led the way in scoring with 15 points, while Harrison Hanna added 14 points and Noah Lamp chipped in 13 for the Rebels, who are now 5-4 overall on the season. Blooming Prairie is a perfect 6-0 on the season, and the Blossoms are back in action at Grand Meadow Thursday night. Southland will host Rushford/Peterson Friday night.
Speaking of Grand Meadow, the Superlarks played host to the LeRoy/Ostrander Cardinals in a Southeast Conference game Tuesday evening, and Ethan Lane led five Larks in double figures in a 90-63 win.
Colt Landers scored 16 points in the win for Grand Meadow Tuesday night, while Ethan Gilbert tallied 14 points, John Baldus added 13 and Evan Oehlke 10 for the Superlarks, who are now 5-1 in the SEC and 9-3 overall on the season. LeRoy/Ostrander was led Tuesday night in scoring by Riley Olson, who scored a game-high 27 points for the Cardinals, who drop to 3-4 in the SEC and 5-7 overall.
In Hayfield, the Vikings entertained Rushford/Peterson in a non-conference tilt, and the Vikings drilled 12 three-pointers on their way to a 66-46 win over the Trojans.
Ethan Slaathaug led the offensive attack for Hayfield with 29 points, while Patrick Towey tallied 12 points. Luke Dudycha added nine points and Isaac Matti chipped in eight points for the Vikings, who have won four out of their last five to move to 8-3 overall. Hayfield returns to the court in Wells Friday night for a matchup with United South Central.