Cougar boys hit the road
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 3:19 AM
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.
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
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