Burros light up the scoreboards
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:22 AM
The high-scoring Lanesboro boys' basketball team recorded a perfect 3-0 record last week in conference play. Averaging 81 points per game, the Burros were not to be denied both at home and on the road.
Lanesboro vs. Hope Lutheran
Guards Erik Peterson and Kole Rudd scored 22 points each as the Burros defeated the Patriots in Lanesboro, 86-46. Luke Rogers was also in double figures, contributing 13 points while snagging a team-high 7 rebounds.
Peterson broke the ice with the first two buckets of the night, both from downtown. When Ruud added a pair of free-throws, the Burros had an 8-0 lead. The home team then reeled off a 30-4 run and never looked back.
Lanesboro enjoyed a 52-19 halftime lead. The Burros launched an equal number of shots from within and beyond the arc, hitting an enviable 40 percent from three point territory. Hope Lutheran worked the ball inside, shooting about three times more often from two point range than the perimeter. Out of 14 treys attempts, only two dropped for the Patriots.
Not only did Peterson and Ruud score the same number of points, they also both hit 67 percent of their three point attempts. Offensive rebounds were nearly even (13 for LHS, 12 for HL), but the Burros out-boarded the Patriots 30-18 off the defensive glass. Turnovers favored the hosts, 17-26.
Lanesboro again started five guards, with Isaac Freese and Garrett Boggs taking the court with Peterson, Ruud, and Rogers. Eleven Burros played, with ten scoring.
For Hope Lutheran, sophomore forward Andrew Fratzke led with 20 points. Junior guard Jason Klug added 11.
Lanesboro at Houston
The Burros took their show on the road on Thursday, decisively downing the Hurricanes, 84-39.
Hitting 50 percent (18 of 36) from beyond the arc, and 58 percent from closer in, Lanesboro sharpshooters included three players in double figures - Peterson (27), Rogers (21), and Ruud (20). Sophomore guard Zach Voeltz came off the bench for 8 points.
Midway through the first half, the Burros broke a 14-14 tie with a string of shots from downtown, out-scoring Houston 27-3 before halftime.
Winning both the turnover tussle (14-21) and the battle of the boards (37-21), Lanesboro got more shots from the field, taking 60 to 44 for the Hurricanes. They hit a higher percentage from both two and three-point range, as well as from the foul line. For Houston, a meager 21 percent (3/14) from the charity stripe confirmed the fact that the basket seemed to have a lid nailed on where they were concerned.
"We did start out a little slow with some sloppy play but then cleaned things up mid-way thru the half and started playing better on both ends of the floor," LHS coach John Smith noted. "Daulton Gartner also did a very good job on the boards for us with (Isaac) Freese in early foul trouble."
Leading rebounders for LHS were Rogers (9), Gartner (7), and Ruud (6). Boggs and Freese grabbed 4 each.
Junior forward Sam Ross led the Hurricanes with 12 points, while senior forward Cohl Lee scored 9.
Lanesboro vs. Schaeffer Academy
On Saturday, Dec. 15, Lanesboro hosted SA, defeating the Lions 74-55.
"SA brought down a very tall and lanky team," Smith reported. "All five of their starters were 6'2" and taller. This gave us some problems on the boards early in the game..."
With less shots falling from beyond the arc, and fewer offensive rebounds coming their way, Lanesboro changed up their attack. The Burros started getting more penetration as the game progressed. That resulted in a healthy amount of scoring in the lane later in the first period, and throughout the second half. Lanesboro hit 7 treys in the first period, but only 3 in the second.
"Isaac Freese and Garrett Boggs played their best games offensively for the year," Smith said. "Garrett shot well for the game and ran the offense for us smoothly. Isaac scored more in the post this game and did a nice job rebounding again for us."
Freese scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Boggs hit for 14 points. Usual shooters Ruud (23 points, 7 rebounds) and Peterson (15 points, 4 rebounds), led the team in scoring. Rogers hit for 13 points and snagged a team-high 11 boards.
Turnovers again favored LHS, 10-18.
Lanesboro only led 23-19 midway through the first half, but extended their margin to 44-27 by the break. A 10-2 run by SA in the second half narrowed the game, but the Burros had an answering bucket every time the Lions got the margin down to around 15 points.
The Burros host St. Charles on Thursday, Dec. 20. The following night, Rochester Home School visits Lanesboro.
Southeast Conference 2013
BOYS Basketball conf. season
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Lanesboro 5 - 0 5 - 1
Spring Grove *4 - 0 4 - 1
Hope Lutheran 2 - 2 4 - 3
Mabel-Canton 2 - 2 2 - 2
Houston 0 - 3 0 - 3
* defending division champion
Lyle/Pacelli 3 - 1 3 - 2
Schaeffer Academy 2 - 2 2 - 4
Grand Meadow 0 - 2 0 - 2
Glenville-Emmons* 0 - 3 0 - 4
LeRoy-Ostrander 0 - 3 0 - 5