Lanesboro’s Collin Scott faces off against Mabel-Canton’s Joe Wathier during last Monday’s game in Mabel. Also shown is Burro Layton Howerton (31). Lanesboro took home the win.  HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Lanesboro’s Collin Scott faces off against Mabel-Canton’s Joe Wathier during last Monday’s game in Mabel. Also shown is Burro Layton Howerton (31). Lanesboro took home the win. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
The Cougars played three times last week, recording a road win and two home losses.

Mabel-Canton vs. Lanesboro

On Monday, Feb. 3, Mabel-Canton lost to Lanesboro, 80-57 on their home court in Mabel.

Burro guard Kole Ruud's impact from beyond the arc and at the free throw line was significant. The Burros got 18 points (six of 14) from trey attempts, while M-C had to settle for six (two of 15).

Two-point scoring was essentially even (20 for M-C and 19 for Lanesboro). Overall, the Burros shot an excellent 82.8 percent from the foul line (24 of 29), while sending the Cougars to the charity stripe nine less times. M-C scored 11 points on those 20 chances.

Rebounding was essentially even - 30 for M-C and 29 for Lanesboro. Turnovers were not an issue either, with 14 being given up by Lanesboro and 13 by M-C.

The score was just about even (23-21, Lanesboro leading) midway through the first period, but Lanesboro sprinted to a 44-35 lead at intermission and held the Cougars to 22 second-half points.

Hunter Johnson and Noah Manning led M-C with 17 points each. Both players came down with six rebounds, as did Donnie Lind, who scored two points and passed for an assist. Johnson had a steal and two assists, while Manning dished for a team-high five assists with only two turnovers.

Wayne Ross and Collin O'Bieglo scored six points apiece. O'Bieglo also had three rebounds and a steal. Ross grabbed a steal and a board as well.

Justin Ward scored four points, snagged two rebounds and passed for two assists. Unfortunately for the Cougars, he re-injured a shoulder and was later listed as out for the rest of the season.

Wesley Richert added three points. Mac Nelson had three rebounds.

Ruud netted an incredible 41 points. That boosted his career scoring total to 1,449, breaking the all-time Lanesboro school record that Braden Hansen set in 2012 (1,430). He also had six rebounds and four assists. Senior forward Luke Rogers had a double double with 18 points, 10 defensive rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He also took two charges.

Mabel-Canton at LeRoy-Ostrander

Thursday brought a trip to LeRoy, where the Cougars defeated the Cardinals, 71-58.

After four tie scores in the first 10 minutes, M-C rattled off eight unanswered points to put some distance between themselves and their hosts. The Cougars gradually extended their lead to 40-25 at the half. Then Mabel-Canton picked up where they left off after the break, and the Cards trailed by as many as 24 with six minutes left to play. They staged an 11-0 rally, but it was too little, too late.

M-C won the battle of the boards, 37-22, and forced more turnovers (19) than they gave up (13). That gave the Cougars more shots on the bucket (68-53). Overall, field goal success was close to even (41.5 percent for L-O and 39.7 percent for M-C).

Even though their field goal rates weren't the best of the season, the Cougars shot an excellent 81.3 percent at the foul line, outscoring L-O, 13-8.

Manning hit three-out-of-five from beyond the three-point arc en route to an 18-point, nine-rebound performance. He also blocked a shot, lifted three steals and passed for three assists.

Lind poured in 15 points, finished off the double double with 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. He also passed for two assists.

O'Bieglo scored 10 points, grabbed two rebounds and dished out an assist as well.

Johnson also posted 10 points and came down with seven boards.

Nelson and Richert had six points and three rebounds apiece. Nelson had two steals and two assists, while Richert had one of each.

Nate Bunne and Zach Royston scored 15 points apiece for the Cardinals. Josh Royston added 12.

Mabel-Canton vs. Spring Grove

In spite of some dazzling offensive exploits, the visitors dominated the game with defense and rebounding as the Spring Grove Lions nailed down a fourth straight outright SEC East Division championship.

M-C, spurred on until the end by a supportive large home crowd, worked hard against the Lion trapping defense. But often the result was either a turnover or a tough shot. Friday's final tally was SG-81 and M-C-42.

The Cougars shot well at 44 percent, but with 31 turnovers and only six offensive rebounds, could not shoot often enough to keep up.

M-C hit the first four shots but had nine turnovers through the first 10 possessions. SG led 20-4 as fast breaks helped the Lions score on nine of their first 12 possessions.

SG led 46-20 at halftime and started the second period with a 28-10 run.

Both teams hit from the perimeter, but SG outscored M-C, 54-17, in the paint fueled by fast breaks, dribble drives and offensive rebounds.

M-C had 20 total rebounds while SG had 20 offensive boards.

The Lions also made more free throws (17 for 27) than the Cougars attempted (four for 10).

Manning led M-C with eight points, two rebounds and three assists. He also deflected three passes.

Joe Wathier came off the bench for seven points, two boards and two steals.

Nelson hit for six points and grabbed three rebounds.

Lind led on the backboards with nine rebounds. He also blocked a shot, lifted a steal and passed for an assist.

Wayne had five points and an assist.

Johnson and O'Bieglo had four points apiece. O'Bieglo came down with three rebounds, while Johnson grabbed two.

Lion Dustin Vickerman had a 22-point (career high) and 10 rebound double double. Freshman Chase Grinde put in 21 points with sophomores Alex Engelhardt and Dylan Kampschroer scoring 13 and 10 respectively. Engelhardt passed out four assists with no turnovers. The other starter, sophomore Brady Schuttemeier, scored eight points and matched a career high with eight steals.

SG (21-3) remained undefeated in the conference at 17-0 while M-C (12-10) remained in third place at 11-5.

Up next

On Tuesday, Feb 11, the Cougars traveled to Lanesboro. On Thursday, they host Rochester Home School. On Friday, M-C visits Grand Meadow.