No. 21, senior Braden Hanson, sets for a shot during the Burros' tournament game against Houston. (Republican-Leader photo by Larry Johnson)
No. 21, senior Braden Hanson, sets for a shot during the Burros' tournament game against Houston. (Republican-Leader photo by Larry Johnson)
Sub-section quarterfinal action pitted Lanesboro against Houston on March 1. In a tightly-contested match, the fifth seeded Hurricanes prevailed over the No. 4 seed Burros, 71-61.

"Both teams played hard, but Houston seemed a step quicker to some loose balls and we did not rebound well," Lanesboro coach John Smith said later. "That led to some points for them. Overall a few mistakes here and there determined the outcome, but Houston played a good game and that night was their night."

The Hurricane defense did a good job of denying good looks at the basket, Smith added, and kept the Burros from establishing any type of rhythm on the offensive end of the floor. That, coupled with too many turnovers in Lanesboro's half-court set was costly to the home team, resulting in empty possessions, he noted.

The Hurricanes enjoyed a 41-26 advantage off the backboards, but both teams took about the same number of shots from the field, (52 for LHS, 51 for Houston). The Burros out-scored the Hurricanes 51-47 in combined field goals, but ran into difficulty when it came to whistles. Lanesboro had 30 fouls on the night, compared to 17 for Houston. That set up a 14-point difference in scoring from the line, even though Lanesboro shot a higher percentage from the charity stripe. Houston scored on 24 of 41 free throws, while Lanesboro hit 10 of 13.

The Burros took an early 8-2 lead, but were overtaken when the Hurricanes staged a 10-0 run, going up 14-11. After Lanesboro tied the game at 18, Houston regained the advantage with another run, going into the locker room up 25-18. The Hurricanes kept the lead from that point on.

Senior Braden Hanson closed out his high school career in style, scoring a game-high 28 points. Junior Erik Peterson added 13 to the total, while sophomore Kole Ruud chipped in 10. Senior Cory Strom scored 6, and senior C.D. Hanson 4.

Strom and C.D. Hanson each grabbed 6 rebounds. Sophomore Luke Rogers had 4. Braden Hanson snagged 3 caroms, while senior Joey O'Koren and Peterson had two apiece.

For the Hurricanes, Mitchell Beckman scored 22 points, followed by Josh Vix with 20 and Hans Lundberg with 16.

"As a coach and player you always want to play one more game," Smith said, "but it was a good, hard fought, even contest between two familiar teams."