Two trips in two days resulted in a win and a loss for the M-C boys last week.

Mabel-Canton at Houston

The Cougars defeated the Hurricanes 55-36 on Thursday, Jan. 17.

After trailing for most of the first half, Houston took a 19-18 lead just before the break. When the period ended, the score was knotted at 20-all. M-C showed more patience in shot selection, but the Hurricanes reacted well on defense during the first 18 minutes. The battle of the boards was also at an even 18-18 as the teams headed for the locker room.

Of concern for M-C fans was the fact that starting forward Justin Ward had to leave the game after twisting his left ankle going after a rebound.

The margin remained close through the first half of the second period, with M-C carving out a 37-34 lead before going on an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. That romp was helped along by eight straight nets from the free-throw line by M-C and some hurried shooting by Houston which failed to produce a bucket.

It wasn't until the Hurricanes cleared the bench with two minutes remaining that freshman guard Austin Peplinski broke the ice with a field goal... too late to close the gap.

Noah Manning led the Cougars with a double-double, netting 18 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Hunter Johnson added 15 points, mostly in the second half. He also grabbed 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Collin O'Bieglo had 8 points and grabbed 2 rebounds. Mac Nelson scored 7 points and pulled down 3 boards. Keyser Wenthold had 5 rebounds, 2 points. Donnie Lind rebounded 4 times and scored 2 points.

Manning was the M-C Player of the Game. Johnson won the Game Ball Award.

Junior forward Sam Ross led the Hurricanes with 8 points and 4 assists. He was picked as the KFIL Player of the Game for Houston.

Mabel-Canton at LeRoy-Ostrander

M-C lost in overtime on Friday, 56-50.

The Cardinals began by hitting 8 of their first 11 shots, jumping to a 17-12 lead halfway through the first period. They increased the margin to 10 (28-18) at the break.

M-C fought back in the second half, taking their first lead of the game (40-39) with 4:22 left to play in regulation. The Cardinals promptly retook the lead on a drive by senior guard Mitch Scaglione. Hunter Johnson countered, and then senior guard Zach Roysten hit a trey to give the Cards a two point margin. The Cougars' Donnie Lind then sent the game into a 44-44 overtime period.

L-O hit all 8 of their free-throw opportunities in overtime to seal the win. The Cougars had an equal number of chances, but went 3 for 8 from the line.

Johnson led M-C scorers with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 steals. Manning tallied 14, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Lind came off the bench for 10 points, 13 rebounds and a remarkable 5 blocked shots. O'Bieglo added 5 points and 5 rebounds. Logan Henry had 2 points and 2 rebounds. Wenthold tallied 3 rebounds and 1 point, rounding out M-C's scoring.

L-O junior forward Zach Royston led all scorers with 22 points. Junior guard Nate Bunne added 10.

Up next

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Cougars host Lanesboro. The team travels to Glenville-Emmons on Friday. Monday, Jan. 28, features a home game versus Fillmore Central.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 10- 0 10 - 4

Lanesboro 9 - 1 10 - 4

Mabel-Canton 4 - 6 4 -10

Hope Lutheran 3 - 7 6 - 9

Houston 0 - 9 0 -14

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow 7 - 3 8 - 6

Lyle/Pacelli 6 - 4 8 - 6

Schaeffer Academy 6 - 4 9 - 7

Glenville-Emmons* 2 - 7 2 -12

LeRoy-Ostrander 2 - 8 2 -13