Mabel-Canton's boys' basketball squad experienced a pair of setbacks last week.

Mabel-Canton vs. Rochester Area Home School

The Cougars were defeated by the visiting Defenders 64-37 on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The team from Rochester out-boarded M-C 16-8 on the offensive glass and 26-21 in defensive rebounds. RAHS also turned the ball over half a dozen fewer times (11-17) during the contest. They out-shot M-C from beyond the arc (37 percent to 14 percent) and closer in (44 percent to 37 percent). Making nearly twice as many trips to the foul line, the Defenders out-scored MC 11-5 from the charity stripe.

Hunter Johnson scored 10 points - the only Cougar in double figures. Justin Ward hit for 9, while Noah Manning contributed 6.

Manning grabbed a team-high nine boards. Ward had six, along with four steals.

Six-foot five-inch senior Ben Cole led the Defenders with 16 points. Elias Rosendahl added 14 while snagging 12 rebounds.

Mabel-Canton at Lyle/Pacelli

On Friday, M-C traveled to Lyle to take on the Athletics, losing 68-46.

L/P held a slim 32-29 lead at halftime, but closed out the game with a 24-2 run.

Johnson netted 17 points for the Cougars while Manning scored 11. Ward added 7 points. Donnie Lind came off the bench for 5 points.

Manning led in rebounds with 10. Lind had 7, while Johnson added 5.

Turnovers were key. Mabel-Canton lost the ball 29 times while L/P only gave up 12 possessions. Quick hands played into that statistic, since the Athletics recorded 18 thefts compared to 5 for the Cougars. M-C hit a decent 36 percent as a team from three-point territory (to L/P's 30 percent). The Athletics hit over half their shots from closer in, however, while M-C only managed 38 percent on two-point field goal tries. Lyle/Pacelli went to the foul line three times more often than M-C (21-6), and scored nine more points from the stripe.

L/P coach Casey Anderson told the Austin Daily Herald that some solid defense and his team's overall level of intensity made the difference in the second period. Senior guard David Diang led the Athletics with 27 points.

Up next

On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Cougars will travel to Houston. The following night, Mabel-Canton plays at LeRoy-Ostrander.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 8 - 0 8 - 4

Lanesboro 7 - 1 8 - 3

Hope Lutheran 3 - 5 6 - 7

Mabel-Canton 3 - 5 3 - 9

Houston 0 - 7 0 -12

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli 6 - 2 8 - 4

Grand Meadow 6 - 2 7 - 5

Schaeffer Academy 4 - 4 7 - 7

Glenville-Emmons* 1 - 6 1 -11

LeRoy-Ostrander 1 - 7 1 -12