Noah Manning blocks a shot from a Grand Meadow player in last Friday night’s home game at Mabel-Canton.  HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Noah Manning blocks a shot from a Grand Meadow player in last Friday night’s home game at Mabel-Canton. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
In spite of some difficult weather, Mabel-Canton's boys basketball team managed to make two road trips and host a home game last week.

Mabel-Canton at Houston

The Cougars defeated the Hurricanes, 50-35, on Monday, Jan. 13.

Mabel-Canton hit five of 16 (31 percent) from beyond the arc while Houston went 0-8 in three-point attempts. M-C held a slim 35 percent to 32 percent edge from two-point range, but took 17 more shots from the field.

The Hurricanes netted more points from the charity stripe (nine of 12 versus five of 14), but it was not enough to make up the difference.

M-C gained a 35-18 halftime lead and never looked back.

Keyser Wenthold scored 13 points, snagged four rebounds and led the team in steals with six. Justin Ward poured in 12 points, grabbed three rebounds, blocked a shot and had five steals. Hunter Johnson added eight points, while Wesley Richert came off the bench for six. Noah Manning scored five points and grabbed six boards. He also dished for five assists. Donnie Lind had nine rebounds, blocked a shot and scored two points.

Rebounding was essentially even, with 31 for M-C and 32 for Houston. The Cougars gave up a few more turnovers (28-21), but managed to pass more effectively, totaling 11 assists versus seven for the Hurricanes.

Senior forward Sam Ross (6-3) led Houston with 14 points. Christian Sires came down with eight rebounds and scored eight points, while Hunter Laschenski added seven.

Mabel-Canton versus Grand Meadow

A Friday match in Mabel resulted in a 67-59 win over the Superlarks.

M-C jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first 10 minutes, but the Larks responded, tying the game up at 22 a little more than a minute before the half. The Cougars then hit the last six points from the foul line and the perimeter and went to the locker room enjoying a 30-24 margin. They would not be caught during the second period.

The turnover tussle was close, but M-C took more away then they lost, 25-22. Rebounds went to the hosts as well, 30-29. Finally, the Cougars out-pointed the Larks 13-5 from the foul line.

Manning scored 18 points, grabbed five rebounds and passed for five assists with only three turnovers. Ward hit for 13 points and led the team with eight boards. He also dished for six assists. Johnson scored 11 points, snagged six rebounds and passed for three assists. Lind, Mac Nelson and Richert scored six points apiece. Lind added six rebounds to the tally. Richert managed a 100 percent (2 for 2 from the field, both treys) shooting percentage. Wenthold passed for a team-high eight assists with only one turnover.

Trenton Bleifus led the Larks with 30 points, 22 of which occurred in the second half. The senior guard hit six treys on the night.

Mabel-Canton at Fillmore Central

The Cougars lost a heart-breaker the following night in Preston, 56-57.

The Falcons trailed early and M-C took a 22-10 lead with 7:30 left in the first half on a three-pointer by Johnson. That's when FC began to claw back into the contest, overtaking the Cougars just before the break on a pair of Nick Powell drives and a free throw by the senior forward.

Mabel-Canton trailed 30-28 as the teams headed for the locker room.

Ward tied the game as the second half got underway. Then Johnson gave the Cougars the lead again with 12:50 left to play (40-39). A 14-2 Falcon run ensued. Manning then hit a pair of triples and scored three the old-fashioned way (with a drive and a foul shot) and the Cougars had the game tied at 53-all at the 2:03 mark.

Nobody was going home at that point. Seconds later, a Powell two-pointer found the net and the Falcons were up 55-53. Manning hit a clutch trey with 1:20 left, giving the Cougars a 56-55 lead, but the last bucket of the night was reserved for Falcon senior guard Logan Masters with only 10 seconds to go.

Manning led Cougar scorers with 20 points and snagged seven rebounds. Johnson scored 11 and grabbed five boards. Lind had six rebounds, five steals, a block and two points. Wenthold scored eight points and passed for three assists with only one turnover.

Masters finished with 20 points and five assists. Powell scored 16 points, and came down with nine rebounds. Quentin Case scored nine and Nick Mensink, seven.

Up next

The Cougars hosted Hope Lutheran on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Two nights later, M-C will travel to Glenville-Emmons. On Friday, the Cougars host Kee Lansing of Iowa.

Southeast Conference Boys

Basketball through Jan. 21 games


Spring Grove 12-0 SEC (15-3 all)

Lanesboro 8-2 SEC (10-5 all)

Mabel-Canton 8-3 SEC (9-8 all)

Hope Lutheran 5-5 SEC (7-8 all)Houston 4-7 SEC (4-10 all)


Schaeffer Academy 5-5 SEC (7-9 all)

Grand Meadow 4-6 (5-10 all)

Lyle/Pacelli 4-8 SEC (4-11 all)

Glenville-Emmons 3-7 SEC (5-10 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-10 SEC (1-12 all)