Ruud tops 1,000, Burros continue to roll
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 6:17 AM
Lanesboro placed three more marks in the "W" column last week, defeating Grand Meadow, Lewiston-Altura and Glenville-Emmons.
Kole Ruud takes to the air to score two points against Grand Meadow last week. Ruud achieved the 1,000 point milestone last week. CHRIS OLSON/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
Lanesboro vs. Grand Meadow
On Monday, Dec. 16, as the Burros hosted Grand Meadow, winning 77-64.
In a firestorm of three-point attempts, LHS sank 15 of 39 shots (38 percent) from beyond the arc en route to their fourth victory. Senior guard Kole Ruud surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring mark during the fray, hitting for 17 points, grabbing seven rebounds and swiping three steals.
Forward Luke Rogers had the eagle-eye, hitting nine of 12 from downtown on the way to a 29-point romp. Senior guard Garrett Boggs also showed uncanny accuracy, hitting all three of his trey attempts, four of six from two-point territory, and both of his free throws while totaling 19 points. Tylar Miller came off the bench for eight points and five defensive boards.
Boggs and Rogers had five rebounds each, while junior forward Liam Dorn crashed the glass for 13 boards.
The Superlarks struck first, scoring a trey about a minute into the game. The visitors enjoyed a nine-point lead halfway through the first period, and never trailed before the break. All the Burros could do was stay close, trailing 34-30 at halftime.
A Rogers' trey finally tied the score at 36, then again at 50. Boggs hit for three, initiating a 53-all tie soon after, and then the Burros proceeded on an 18-2 run with about 10 minutes left to play. They would not be caught. With less than two minutes left to play - down by nine - the 'Larks were forced to foul. The Burros scored the final four points from the line.
Senior Trenton Bleifus led the Superlarks with 20 points. Junior Landon Jacobson added 16, while sophomore Michael Stejskal scored 14.
Lanesboro at Lewiston-Altura
Traveling to Class AA L-A the following night, LHS held off a second-half resurgence by the Cardinals, winning 56-50. The Burros had forged a 31-18 lead at the half, but L-A responded by out-scoring the visitors 32-25 in the second period by working the ball inside.
The taller Cardinals managed to defend against the long-shot, holding LHS to a 15 percent (four for 26) success rate on trey attempts. Unfortunately for the hosts, L-A shot a dismal 0-13 from outside the three-point arc.
Rebounds were almost even (42 for L-A, 40 for LHS). Two-point field goal percentages (50 percent for LHS, 47 percent for L-A) were also similar.
The difference came at the foul line, where Lanesboro hit an excellent 79 percent (22 of 28). The Cardinals only shot half as many from the charity stripe, and only scored four times. So fouls were costly for L-A, as the home team was whistled 23 times to 16 for the Burros.
Ruud scored 22, and Rogers had the double-double, scoring 21 while grabbing 11 rebounds. Will Semmen came off the bench for five points, six rebounds. Dorn had 13 boards, three points.
Nolan Peterson scored 15 points for the Three Rivers Conference 'Cards. Hunter Matzke had 10 rebounds and 12 points.
Lanesboro vs. Glenville-Emmons
Returning home on Thursday for a game with fellow SEC member G-E, Lanesboro outscored the Wolverines 84-42.
G-E played even with LHS for the first few minutes, tying the game three times. After the scoreboard hit 7-7, however, the Burros took off on an 18-0 run. Later in the first half a 16-0 tear added to Wolverine woes, and the game was out of reach (62-20) by halftime.
Ruud led with 21 points, including six of seven free throws. Rogers added 18, also making short work of free throw opportunities (five of five). Matthew Luck scored 12 points, all from beyond the arc. Miller was also in double figures, with 11. Zach Voeltz had a pair of treys, and totaled eight points. Dorn scored seven.
Wolverines Gavin Allison and Marshal Hall had nine points each. Derek Van Ryswyk added eight.
The Burros will travel to the St. Charles Holiday Invitational Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28.