The Burros played well against the conference leading Lions of Spring Grove on Feb. 21, but came away with a loss. Two days later, the team defeated Lyle-Pacelli on the road, closing out the regular season.

Lanesboro at Spring Grove

At Spring Grove, the largest home crowd of the year saw the SEC East Division champion Lions take on the second-place Burros, defeating Lanesboro by the score of 85-54.

Spring Grove came into the game ranked No. 10 in state Class A polls, having already clinched a second straight SEC East Division championship. With Tuesday's win, the Lions completed a perfect 18-0 league campaign.

The Burros lived up to their three point sharp-shooting reputation, but Spring Grove beat them at their own game on Tuesday. Putting on a long-shot clinic, the two teams combined for 21 three-point field goals on the night. Spring Grove got defensive pressure on the Burro outside game, limiting Lanesboro to 29 long-range tries. Even so, the Burros scored on 38 percent (11 for 29) of their trey attempts. Spring Grove countered with its best three-ball shooting of the season, hitting 10 of 17 for an even better 59 percent.

While both teams scored frequently from afar, only Spring Grove was able to score often inside as well, out-pointing the Burros 53-17 in the lane. The Lions dribbled inside the Lanesboro zone defense for 19 points and passed the ball inside for 11 points.

The Burros never led. In the first period, the Lions were up 15-13 before running off 12 straight points, pulling away 27-13. The home team wasn't missing much at that point, hitting 12 of 17 shots while only giving up one turnover. Down 46-27 at halftime, the Burros hit eight of their first 10 shots of the second half including four triples... amazingly, even that wasn't enough to cut the margin as the Lions hit nine of their first 11 (including four treys).

In the Lions' Jan. 10 win at Lanesboro (79-71), fast break-points were even at 8-8. But in this rematch, the Lions held a dominating 20-2 advantage in transition. Spring Grove again out-rebounded the Burros, this time 31 to 22.

The Lions focused on Lanesboro's all-time scoring leader, limiting Braden Hanson to 6 points. Sophomore sharpshooter Kole Ruud hit all four of his three-point attempts to lead Burro scoring with 15 points. Cory Strom scored 8 points, followed by Luke Rogers with 7. C.D. Hanson got on the board with 6, and Erik Peterson added 5. Joey O'Koren scored 4 points. Daulton Gartner had 3 points.

Luke Rogers grabbed 5 rebounds, while Ruud and Braden Hanson had 4 each. Strom added 3 rebounds. O'Koren, Peterson, and C. D. Hanson each had 2 rebounds.

For Spring Grove, Blaine Storlie sank 7 of 10 trey attempts for a career-high 31 points. Aric Elton was 2 for 3 beyond the arc on the way to 30 points - most likely the only time two Spring Grove players have each scored 30 points in the same game.

Lanesboro at Lyle/Pacelli

The Burros bounced back on Thursday, polishing off the Athletics 83-60.

The home team scored the first bucket on the night, but Lanesboro quickly knotted the game at 6-6, took the lead, and never looked back.

Turnovers were even with 19 giveaways from both teams, but the Burros had more cracks at the bucket thanks to a 45-29 edge in rebounding. They took advantage of their chances, hitting an impressive 79 percent from the free throw line, 50 percent on two point field goals, and 32 percent from beyond the arc.

The Athletics matched Lanesboro's percentage from two-point land, hitting 21 of 42, but only scored on 14 percent of their trey attempts (3-22). The Burros sank 12 three pointers. L/P was also out-pointed at the line, hitting 9 of 19 free throws while the Burros scored 15 from the charity stripe.

Cory Strom led the way with 17 points, followed by 16 from Braden Hanson, 13 from Joey O'Koren, and 9 each from C.D. Hanson, Kole Ruud, and Luke Rogers. Erik Peterson contributed 6 to the total. Daulton Gartner and Garrett Boggs each added a bucket.

C.D. Hanson grabbed 11 rebounds. O'Koren, Braden Hanson, and Rogers grabbed 4 each. Boggs and Strom both had 3 rebounds.

For L-P, Skylar Meyer led with 19 points, followed by David Diang (16), and Jordan Hart (13).

Up next

Lanesboro was awarded the No. 4 spot in Section 1A East championship brackets. They will lead off against No. 5 Houston at home on March 1. The next step for the Burros would be against the winner of the Rushford-Peterson vs. #8/#9 seed game, which will be played on March 6 at Mayo Civic Auditorium. The championship of the subsection would follow, on March 10 at Mayo Civic Arena.

Southeast Conference 2012

end of regular season

BOYS Basketball conf. season

East Division W L W L

Spring Grove* 18 - 0 23 - 2

Lanesboro 15 - 3 16 - 9

Houston 15 - 3 19 - 6

Mabel-Canton 11 - 7 13 -13

Hope Lutheran 4 -14 5 -16

* clinched division championship

West Division

G-E* 10 - 8 17 - 9

Lyle/Pacelli 8 -10 11-13

Schaeffer Academy 5 -13 6 -15

Grand Meadow 4 -14 8 -17

LeRoy-Ostrander 0 -18 2 -24