Lanesboro's Erik Peterson tries to work around defensive pressure from Spring Grove while teammate Kole Ruud comes over to help.
Lanesboro's Erik Peterson tries to work around defensive pressure from Spring Grove while teammate Kole Ruud comes over to help.
Lanesboro's boys' basketball team played three games in four days last week, finishing 1-2 against SEC and TRC opponents.

Lanesboro at Spring Grove

Lanesboro and Spring Grove arrived Tuesday as the only two teams undefeated in conference play. The Lions prevailed on their home court in a thriller, 67-62.

Josh Olerud scored 27 points for Spring Grove and Luke Rogers 26 for Lanesboro - both career highs, but Spring Grove managed to hit 7 of 10 free throws in the final 1:47 to protect a slim lead.

Three consecutive three-point baskets (one from Olerud followed by two from Blaine Storlie) had given Spring Grove a sudden 60-50 lead, the greatest spread of a previously very close game, with only 3:21 to play. But during the next minute, Lanesboro hit three straight shots to make it 60-57.

After five Lion free throws and clutch Burro baskets from Rogers and Kole Ruud, it was again a 3-point game at 65-62 with just 11 seconds to go. Then with only five seconds to play, an errant pass out of bounds cost LHS a chance for a tying trey. It was only the fifth turnover for the sure-handed Burros during the second half.

Olerud added the final two points at the foul line with 3 seconds remaining.

After eight turnovers during their first 21 possessions, the Burros did not have another giveaway in the first half. The Lions committed 3 turnovers during their first 7 possessions, but finished with only 11 turnovers for the night.

Other Burros joining Rogers in double figures were Erik Peterson with 15 points (4 treys) and Ruud with 12. Garrett Boggs scored 7 points, while Isaac Freese chipped in 2.

For Spring Grove, Storlie scored 15 points (4 three-pointers). Alex Engelhardt added 8 points and passed out a career-high 6 assists.

It was competitive on the backboards in the first half (17 rebounds for SG, 16 for LHS), but Spring Grove out-boarded the Burros 21 to 10 in the second period.

Rogers and Freese had 7 rebounds apiece. Daulton Gartner came up with 4 boards, while Peterson and Boggs each had 3.

For SG, Olerud matched his career-high with 10 rebounds while Brandon Schuttemeier pulled down career-best 9 boards.

Both team persevered through foul trouble. LHS played with a six-player rotation while the Lions sent seven players into action.

Spring Grove defenders did everything they could to contain the Burros' highly respected three-point attack. Lanesboro came in having scored just over half of its points from downtown. Averaging 31 trey attempts per game, Lanesboro worked diligently to put up 28 versus Spring Grove, but the Lion defense held LHS to 25 percent success, considerably under the Burros' outstanding 38 percent season average.

The Burros sank 7 triples while the Lions netted 8 from five different players. Spring Grove shot a good 32 percent (8 for 25) from three-point range, close to its 34 percent season average.

Although Spring Grove out-shot LHS from three-point range, the Burros shot extremely well from closer in (16 for 25) and out-shot the Lions from the field overall (43 percent to 37 percent). LHS outscored Spring Grove 53-50 from the field, but the Burros were forced to foul late, and the Lions finished with an 8-point margin at the line. Spring Grove players scored their final 7 points at the foul line, finishing 17 for 28 (61 percent) overall. LHS was 9 for 14 (64 percent) from the charity stripe.

After nine early lead changes, an 8-0 Lion run put Spring Grove up 20-13, but the Burros scored 8 of the next 10 points to cut the Lion margin back down to one (22-21). The Burros pulled even at 30-all, but Spring Grove led 34-30 at halftime and would cling to narrow margins throughout most of the second half.

Spring Grove improved to 7-0 in SEC play. LHS left at 6-1 (7-2 overall). Having won the last four games in the series, the Lions hold a narrow 47-45 edge since 1948.

Lanesboro vs. St. Charles

Lanesboro was defeated 68-48 by Saint Charles two nights later in a cross-conference match.

The Burros kept close to the Class AA Saints in the first period, setting a "run and gun" tempo. Taking advantage of their height inside, the visitors pulled away in the second half.

Senior Center Aaron Leistikow wound up with over half of his team's total, scoring 36 points.

"We haven't had a scorer like Aaron for a while," Saints coach Terry Knothe told KFIL radio. "The opportunities that having a scorer like that creates are pretty interesting to watch."

"There aren't many teams that can match them (LHS) from the three-point zone," Knothe added. "Lanesboro does such a nice job of penetrate and dish... I would think that they're in a position - if they stay healthy - to make some noise at the tournament."

Knothe, who recorded his 400th career win earlier in the week, praised his hosts and their facility. "I think it's the first time we've played in Lanesboro since I've been in St. Charles (34 years)," he added.

Peterson led the Burros with 15 points, 7 rebounds. Rodgers scored 11, and also got 7 boards. Ruud was also in double figures with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Freese led the team in rebounding with 15, and scored 8 points.

St. Charles senior Chase Busian added 14 to team totals. Junior Talon Mercer had 10.

Totals were 41 rebounds for each team in spite of the height discrepancy. The Saints came out ahead (16-20) in the turnover tussle. Fouls were even at 13 for each team. LHS was well defended on the perimeter, hitting just 7 of 33 trey attempts.

Lanesboro at LeRoy-Ostrander

Lanesboro overpowered L-O 76-40 on Friday. Airing the ball from three point range 31 times and hitting net on 14 of those attempts, the Burros extended a 48-29 first half margin into a 36-point rout.

Thirteen players saw action for Lanesboro. Burro defenders grabbed 14 steals, compared to 7 from the Cardinals. That helped Lanesboro to a 16-23 advantage in turnovers. Those extra possessions helped Lanesboro take more shots from the field (57 to 44). Rebounding also went to the Burros by a 35-20 margin.

Ruud outscored everyone on the court, with 22 points. Rogers had 21, while Peterson hit for 11. Gartner came off the bench for 8. Freese had 6 points and 9 rebounds. Sophomore guard Liam Dorn came off the bench to snag 6 boards. Peterson, Boggs, and sophomore forward Eric Holst had one blocked shot each.

Junior forward Zach Royston led the Cards with 14. Senior guard Dom Lazzara was also in double figures with 11.

Up next

Lanesboro was scheduled to host Rochester Home School on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Thursday, the boys will travel to Lyle/Pacelli. The team then heads for Grand Meadow on Friday. Tuesday, Jan. 22, brings another road trip, this time to Mabel-Canton.

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