Wayne Ross shoots from beyond the arc for three points as teammate Mac Nelson follows the shot.  HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Wayne Ross shoots from beyond the arc for three points as teammate Mac Nelson follows the shot. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Mabel-Canton boys basketball team added a win by defeating the Lyle-Pacelli Athletics on Friday night, but also recorded a loss, falling to St. Charles the following evening.

M-C at Lyle-Pacelli

On Friday, Dec. 13, the Cougars travelled to Austin where the players met the Lyle-Pacelli Athletics. Down 32-29 at the break, M-C came back to defeat the Athletics, 75-63.

Justin Ward hit 10 for 13 from the field en route to a 28-point performance, the top individual total so far this season for the Cougars.

Noah Manning poured in 13 more (including a pair of threes), while Mac Nelson added nine. Donnie Lind scored eight points, and Hunter Johnson added seven.

Nelson battled for the boards, grabbing eight rebounds for the Cougars. Manning had seven. Ward and Hunter snagged five each, while Lind had four. Overall, M-C was out-rebounded 44-39, however.

Ball handling favored M-C. The As lost the turnover tussle 25-17. Ward had a team-high five assists with only one turnover.

Fouls were costly for the hosts. The Athletics were whistled 33 times to 24 for the Cougars. That put M-C at the line for 46 attempts, cashing in for 26 points. That's exactly how many tries L-P got as well, sinking only 15.

The Cougars held slim margins during the early going, but L-P tied the game at 19-all and then the contest became a free-for-all. There were three more ties prior to the halftime break. M-C caught the As at 42-42 with 11:27 to play and took the lead back four minutes later. An 11-0 run down the stretch (including three straight buckets from Ward) kept the Cougars in the driver's seat until the end.

L-P was led by Jordan Hart with 18 points, three steals. Braden Kocer had 10 points, nine boards and five assists. Brennan Rius added eight points, five rebounds and had three blocked shots.

Mabel-Canton vs. St. Charles

Returning home the following night, M-C took on a non-conference opponent, St. Charles, losing to the Class AA Saints, 56-68.

Lind scored 16 points and came down with six rebounds. Ward added 14, got four steals and passed for five assists. Johnson had 12 points and four rebounds. Manning contributed six points, five rebounds and five assists.

The taller Saints out-boarded the Cougars, 35-22. Turnovers were essentially even (27 for M-C, 26 for St. Charles). Steals were also close, 13 for M-C and 15 for St. Charles.

The Cougars went to the perimeter much more often than their guests, attempting 20 shots from beyond the arc but only sinking five. Working the ball inside for more (53 to 32) two-point tries, the Saints hit 51 percent overall from the field to M-C's 38 percent. St. Charles only tried seven shots from three-point territory, hitting one.

Free throw attempts were also close, but the Cougars enjoyed an edge in success from the line (11-14 to 5-15).

The Saints were led by Andy Buck, who canned 24 points. Devin Decker added 17. Luke Leistikow and Dayton Danielson scored eight apiece.

Up Next:

M-C traveled to Rushford-Peterson on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Two days later, LeRoy-Ostrander visits Mabel.

Southeast Conference 2013-2014

Boys Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove* 5 - 0 6 - 0

Lanesboro 3 - 1 3 - 1

Mabel-Canton 3 - 1 4 - 2

Houston 3 - 2 3 - 3

Hope Lutheran 1 - 2 2 - 3

*defending champions

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow* 1 - 1 1 - 1

Lyle/Pacelli 2 - 3 2 - 4

Glenville-Emmons 1 - 2 3 - 4

Schaeffer Academy 0 - 3 0 - 4

LeRoy-Ostrander 0 - 4 0 - 4