The Cougars traveled to the 28th annual Lewiston Auto/Warrior Club Holiday Basketball Tournament at Winona State last week, where the boys faced the same two schools that the M-C girls also played. On Thursday, Dec. 26, Winona Cotter was the adversary, while two days later M-C met Cochrane-Fountain City from Wisconsin.

Mabel-Canton versus Cotter

The Cougars fell 80-48 to the Ramblers, a Class AA opponent from the Three Rivers Conference.

Cotter managed a 16-1 run as the second period got under way, extending a 40-32 halftime margin. Running an effective half-court offense and hitting the basket via fast break opportunities, the Winona team was nearly unstoppable in the second period. A 17-3 scoring advantage from the foul line didn't hurt the Ramblers' chances, either. Cotter hit 85 percent of their free throws, while M-C had some difficulties, scoring on only 37.5 percent of theirs.

Donnie Lind led the Cougars with 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Justin Ward added eight points and eight rebounds. He also led the team in assists, dishing out four with only three turnovers. Hunter Johnson canned eight points and came down with two rebounds. Keyser Wenthold scored seven points and stole the ball twice. Noah Manning totaled five boards while scoring four points.

Senior Garrett Crowley led the Ramblers with 22 points, hitting eight of 16 from the field, four of six from the foul line. Classmate Caleb Forst poured in 14 more.

Mabel-Canton versus Cochrane-Fountain City

The Pirates defeated the Cougars, 53-34 on Saturday.

M-C trailed 32-13 at the half. Cougar Coach Doug Wyffels said that cold shooting (four for 26 from the field) was to blame. It was a hole that proved difficult to dig out of, but Mabel-Canton did play even with the larger school (almost three times M-C's enrollment) during the second period.

Lind scored 11 points for the Cougars. Ward added eight, while Johnson, Manning and Collin O'Bieglo had four points each. Wayne Ross added three points.

Lind was also the top rebounder for M-C, snagging nine boards. Manning pulled down seven, while Ross and Ward had four apiece. Wenthold had four thefts, four assists and three boards. Collin O'Bieglo also had three rebounds. Johnson had two.

Having a lid nailed on the basket during the first half may have limited M-C to a 26 percent success rate from the field overall, but the Cougars did improve their free-throw percentage to 75 percent.

Brody Halverson led the Pirates with 15 points. Garrett Marklowitz, Evan Skroch and Dillon Gieger had seven points each.

Up next

M-C travels to Spring Grove on Jan. 2. The following night, the Cougars travel to Hope Lutheran. On Monday, Jan. 6, Mabel-Canton takes on Fillmore Central on the road. The Burros of Lanesboro arrive in Mabel on Jan. 7.



Southeast Conference Boys Basketball as of Jan. 1

EAST DIVISION

Spring Grove 7-0 SEC (9-2 all)

Lanesboro 5-1 SEC (6-3 all)

Mabel-Canton 4-1 SEC (5-5 all)

Hope Lutheran 3-2 SEC (4-5 all)

Houston 3-3 SEC (3-6 all)

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli 3-4 SEC (3-5 all)

Grand Meadow 1-3 (2-6 all)

Glenville-Emmons 1-4 SEC (3-7 all)

Schaeffer Academy 0-4 SEC (0-8 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-5 SEC (1-7 all)