Isaac Freese pulls down a rebound for the Burros in their game against Rochester Area Home School.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Isaac Freese pulls down a rebound for the Burros in their game against Rochester Area Home School.

With three games in four days, the Lanesboro boys' basketball squad had a busy week. The Burros met the challenge, defeating two SEC opponents while dropping only one game (to Christian Athletic League RAHS).

Lanesboro vs. Rochester Area Home School

On Tuesday Jan. 15, the Burros lost to RAHS 61-43 in Lanesboro. It was the first time the schools have met.

The Burros held a 31-25 lead at the half, but were out-pointed three to one in the second period. With six players on the roster from 6'3" to 6'5", the extra-tall Defenders' defense managed to put pressure on LHS shooters as the game wore on, holding the Burros to 20 percent in treys and 28 percent on two-point tries. Second chances were few for the Burros.

"(We) only scored 12 points the second half," LHS coach John Smith noted. "Defensively we played well enough to win but needed to hit some more shots in the second half... They played a better second half defensively and limited our second chance points. Overall though it was a nice game for us to play; a good physical game against a well-coached team."

Luke Rogers scored 14 points and made 7 rebounds. Erik Peterson added three treys to the total, got 2 steals and passed for 2 assists. Kole Ruud scored 8 and grabbed two boards. Daulton Gartner added 7 points and led the team with 10 rebounds. Garrett Boggs added 8 rebounds to team totals, along with two points. Zach Voeltz hit a trey for LHS.

Senior Elias Rosendahl led Rochester with 26 points, his highest total of the season.

Lanesboro at Lyle/Pacelli

Lanesboro beat L/P 80-56 on Thursday, hitting 10 shots (33 percent) from beyond the arc, 54 percent from two-point territory, and a solid 80 percent (12 of 15) from the foul line.

The Burros succeeded in forcing the Athletics to turn over the ball 16 times to 11, resulting in more chances for the Burros at the hoop. Lanesboro held a 48-36 lead at the half. A 16-6 edge in offensive rebounding didn't hurt the Burro scoring effort either.

"We jumped out early with good shooting in the first half especially by senior Erik Peterson," Smith reported. "All of his three-point makes were in the first half. We did cool off in the second half but our defense kept the game under control and we rebounded very well especially on the offensive end."

Ruud led Lanesboro scorers with 27 points. Peterson added 21. Rogers (14 points) and Daulton Gartner (10) were also in double figures for the high-scoring Burros. Isaac Freese wasn't far behind, with 8. Freese led rebounders with four offensive and four defensive boards. Peterson and Rogers had 6 rebounds each.

Smith credited Gartner with an outstanding effort, stating that his senior guard "played his best game of the year on both ends of the floor, scoring 10 points and defending L-P's best player most of the game and doing a very good job on him."

Senior guard Skylar Meyer led L/P with 21 points. David Diang had 20.

Lanesboro at Grand Meadow

The Burros defeated GM 76-52 on Friday, hitting another 10 treys on the road.

"We started out sluggish getting behind early 9-0 but then we started hitting some open shots and got back in the game and got on some runs," Smith said. "Kole Ruud shot the ball really well finishing 7/7 from 3-point range and ending with 30 points."

Ruud's efforts were backed by Rogers, who hit for 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists with only 2 turnovers. Freese added 16 (a career high) and snagged 11 rebounds while guarding 6'6" center Bryce Benson. Gartner scored 9 points. Erik Peterson dished out 6 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds.

Lanesboro led 43-26 at the half. The Burros took advantage of twice as many free-throw attempts as their hosts, hitting 12 of 18 while the Superlarks went 6 of 9. Lanesboro also out-shot their opponents 53 percent to 11 percent from beyond the arc.

Benson (a senior) scored 15 for the Superlarks. Junior guard Trenton Bleifus added 13.

Lanesboro used a 10-5 edge in steals to win the turnover tussle 17-15. Rebounds were even at 26 per team.

"Overall (it was) a good win coming off the nice effort the night before vs. L-P and getting two important conference wins," Smith said.

Up next

On Jan. 22, the Burros traveled to Mabel-Canton. The team then hits the road to Schaeffer Academy on Jan. 25.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 10- 0 10 - 4

Lanesboro 9 - 1 10 - 4

Mabel-Canton 4 - 6 4 -10

Hope Lutheran 3 - 7 6 - 9

Houston 0 - 9 0 -14

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow 7 - 3 8 - 6

Lyle/Pacelli 6 - 4 8 - 6

Schaeffer Academy 6 - 4 9 - 7

Glenville-Emmons* 2 - 7 2 -12

LeRoy-Ostrander 2 - 8 2 -13