Hosting SEC opponents from both the Eastern and Western Divisions, the Lanesboro boys' basketball team went 2-0 last week.

LHS vs. M-C

On Dec. 4, the Burros welcomed the Cougars of Mabel-Canton to Lanesboro, winning 46-39 in spite of some lukewarm shooting.

LHS attempted 21 of their trademark treys, but only hit four (19 percent). From two-point range, they hit a decent 12 of 26 (46 percent). M-C countered with three buckets from the three point perimeter (out of 12 attempts), but only hit one-third of their attempts from closer in (12 of 36).

Heads-up defense and rebounding made the difference for the Burros, who out-boarded M-C 36-24, and more than doubled their opponents' steal count (11-6).

"Both Isaac Freese and Luke Rogers rebounded the ball very well each game (last week) which is a key to our defense getting stops and limiting the opposition to one shot per possession," LHS coach John Smith noted.

Free throw shooting averages favored the Cougars (67 percent to 48 percent), but the Burros got over twice as many trips to the charity stripe, out-scoring M-C 10-6.

Junior guard Luke Rogers led all scorers with 15 points. He also snagged 14 rebounds. Erik Peterson had 13 points, as did Kole Ruud. Freese had 14 rebounds and 3 points.

For the Cougars, Noah Manning had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 assists. Justin Ward chipped in 10, and also cleared 7 boards.

M-C out-pointed the Burros 22-21 in the second period, but it wasn't enough to cut a 25-17 halftime deficit.

"In the Lanesboro game we played much better in the second half," M-C coach Doug Wyffels said. "After 12 turnovers in the first half we had only 6 in the second. We need to come out focused right away and not put ourselves in such a hole."

LHS vs. Grand Meadow

The Burros came out hitting on all cylinders on Friday versus Grand Meadow, defeating the Superlarks 77-36.

Kole Ruud contributed a career-high 29 points in the victory, hitting a blistering 75 percent from beyond the arc and 83 percent from two point territory. The junior guard also nabbed two offensive rebounds and had three assists with only one turnover. Ruud set the pace when he drilled the first two field goals of the game, both from three-point land, then added a two in transition, spotting the Burros an 8-0 lead.

Two other Burros were also in double figures. Luke Rogers scored 22 points, had 10 rebounds (4 offensive and 6 defensive), two steals, and two assists. Erik Peterson recorded 15 points, all of which were from downtown. He also had 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and two thefts.

Lanesboro tallied 16 treys during the game, 10 of which occurred in the first period of play. They enjoyed a 56-20 lead at halftime.

Isaac Freese was the rebounding king, grabbing 10 defensive and 2 offensive boards. He also chipped in 3 points. Garrett Boggs recorded 5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists.

The Burros also hit 11 of 14 from the charity stripe (79 percent), while the 'Larks only made five buckets on an equal number of tries from the line.

"I felt we came out with a lot more energy and intensity versus Grand Meadow which helped with our fast start," Smith said.

Junior Trenton Bleifus led GM with 10 points. Landon Jacobson chipped in 8.

Up next:

On Tuesday, the Burros were scheduled to host Hope Lutheran. On Thursday they will visit Houston. Two days later the team hosts Schaeffer Academy. Thursday, Dec. 20, is a home date versus St. Charles.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 3 - 0 3 - 1

Lanesboro 2 - 0 2 - 1

Hope Lutheran 1 - 1 3 - 2

Mabel-Canton 1 - 2 1 - 2

Houston 0 - 1 0 - 1

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Lyle/Pacelli 1 - 1 1 - 1-

Schaeffer Academy 1 - 1 1 - 2

Grand Meadow 0 - 1 0 - 1

Glenville-Emmons* 0 - 1 0 - 2

LeRoy-Ostrander 0 - 1 0 - 3