Keyser Wenthold (5) and Justin Ward (13) collide mid-air while fighting a Lyle-Pacelli player for the ball during their game last Friday night. Also shown are Hunter Johnson (12) and Noah Manning (14).  HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Keyser Wenthold (5) and Justin Ward (13) collide mid-air while fighting a Lyle-Pacelli player for the ball during their game last Friday night. Also shown are Hunter Johnson (12) and Noah Manning (14). HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
The Cougars jumped out to a 10-0 lead last Friday and never looked back, defeating Lyle-Pacelli, 75-49.

M-C shooters lit up the scoreboard for the home crowd, hitting 47 percent from the field. The Athletics shot just 39 percetn. Free throws were more or less even, with M-C sinking 15 of 20 while L-P got 14 of 23.

Hunter Johnson had the eagle-eye for M-C, hitting his only three-point attempt and 10 of 15 tries from closer in. He also nailed most of the Cougar free throws (11 of 16).

It all added up to a 25-point night for the senior guard. He also had five assists, three rebounds and three steals for the night.

Noah Manning hit the double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also passed for six assists with only three turnovers.

Donnie Lind scored 13 points, snagged five rebounds, lifted four steals and provided two assists with no turnovers.

Justin Ward and Collin O'Bieglo chimed in for eight points each. Ward got a hand on 10 Athletics passes, came down with two rebounds and dished for two assists. O'Bieglo had two rebounds as well.

Mac Nelson came off the bench for four points, a rebound, a steal, and an assist.

Dustin Kerns had two points and two rebounds.

Remarkably, the battle of the boards was a dead heat. Both teams had 14 offensive rebounds and 18 on the defensive end.

The Athletics gave up 35 turnovers compared to 22 lost possessions for the Cougars. That allowed M-C shooters 18 more cracks at the hoop (62 to 44), and they made the most of it.

A glaring difference was successful passing. The Cougars totaled 23 assists while L-P only got six. M-C got 19 steals, while the As had 12.

Sophomore guard Mark Manyuon paced the Athletics with 14 points. Noah Jiskra poured in 10, while Braden Kocer and Jordan Cotter added six each.

L-P slipped to 6-13 overall, 5-10 SEC, while M-C improved to 11-8, 10-3 SEC.

Up next

On Monday, Feb. 3, M-C was scheduled to host Lanesboro in a make-up game. Thursday brings a road trip to LeRoy-Ostrander. The following night, Spring Grove visits Mabel.