Erik Peterson of the Burros and Brady Schuttemeier of Spring Grove follow the basketball as it bounced off the rim. Peterson was dangerous from outside as he hit nine of 13 three-point shots.  PHOTOS BY CHRIS OLSON/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
Erik Peterson of the Burros and Brady Schuttemeier of Spring Grove follow the basketball as it bounced off the rim. Peterson was dangerous from outside as he hit nine of 13 three-point shots. PHOTOS BY CHRIS OLSON/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
The Burros scored a big home court win on Monday, Feb. 11, versus Spring Grove, snapping the Lions' 29-game conference winning streak.

Lanesboro versus Spring Grove

"We wanted to get back in the conference title race and we needed to get this win to catch Spring Grove and have a chance at a conference title," LHS coach John Smith said following the Burros' 79-68 victory. "The boys played really hard and came in ready to play."

Spring Grove shot well and had a huge 37-to-23 rebound advantage. Both teams hit 49 percent from the field, but Spring Grove was hitting mostly two-point baskets while the Burros were sinking threes.

Lanesboro finished with 15 treys and a chance to win a share of the East Division championship. They have one more SEC game to play, while the Lions finish up with non-conference opponents.

Burro starters went an amazing 31 possessions in the second half with only one turnover. Averaging 14 lost possessions per game, Lanesboro had only 10 turnovers on the night, two of which came in the fading moments with reserves on the floor.

No one expected reserves to be playing at the end after the two teams went down to the wire in the Lions' 67-62 win over Lanesboro in early January. Spring Grove was up 33-32 at the half in the rematch.

"Matthew Luck stepped up in the first half and played well for us due to some early foul trouble by Isaac Freese..." Smith added. "As a team I felt we took care of the ball really well against SG's constant pressure. It was a fun atmosphere for a high school game with a full gym and lots of anticipated excitement. It was nice to see the team play well together and pull out the win against a good Spring Grove team."

LHS opened the second period with three straight treys, igniting in a 13-0 run. The Burros maintained single-digit margins most of the second half, and the Lions would get no closer than four points. Lanesboro held their greatest lead at 14 points with a minute left.

At one point, Spring Grove hit 9 of 10 shots but was still down by nine points because the Burros continued to cash in three-balls.

Both teams came into the game shooting a good 36 percent from three-point land. But in this game, LHS attempted twice as many treys as the Lions and shot a much better 42 percent (15 for 36) than Spring Grove's 22 percent (4 for 18). The Burros launched 36 attempts from beyond the arc, some from way beyond, and shot 27 times closer in. LHS outscored SG 50 to 16 from the perimeter.

Erik Peterson was the most sensational sniper hitting 9 of 13 treys while scoring 29 points. At one juncture in the second half, he netted five threes in a row. The 5-foot, 8-inch senior guard successfully negotiated the Lions' full-court pressure defense and also had 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 rebounds. Junior sharpshooters Kole Ruud and Luke Rogers each hit 3 treys while scoring 25 points and 15 points, respectively. Ruud had 6 assists and Rogers 2. Another guard, Garrett Boggs, scored 6 points with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Season rebounding leader, 6-2 senior Isaac Freese, took only two shots but hit them both for 4 points. He led LHS with 9 rebounds.

The Burro victory came without injured Daulton Gartner, usually the first player off the bench for LHS.

After playing a zone defense back in January, the Burros went to a man-to-man in the rematch. That resulted in the Lions attempting fewer perimeter shots. Spring Grove found their success dribbling into the man defense, which yielded 30 points.

Spring Grove earned more free throws but did not take full advantage, hitting 8 of 15 while LHS went 2 for 4.

Blaine Storlie and Brady Schuttemeier led Lion scoring, rebounding and ball handling. Schuttemeier missed some first-half action in foul trouble but still had a second straight double-double hitting 6 of 8 shots from the field for 13 points, a game-high 10 rebounds and 3 assists with only 1 turnover, Storlie put in 21 points along with 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

The Burro win snapped the Lions' four-game winning streak in a series that is amazingly close (SG holds a 47 to 46 edge). Each team has one league loss (to each other). Barring a major upset in the final week, it will be the 10th straight season in which either SG or LHS has won or shared an SEC boys' basketball championship (SG 8 titles, LHS 3). The outcome also figures heavily into upcoming sub-section seeding.

Lanesboro at Rushford-Peterson

Lanesboro traveled to the home of perennial sub-section favorite R-P on Friday, losing 83-55.

The Trojans brought a No. 8 Class 1A state ranking to the contest. They set a fast pace, and may have worn down Burro shooters just enough in the second period to cause a costly series of misses.

Lanesboro began with a man-to-man defense, while R-P applied full-court pressure via a 1-2-2 zone. Although the LHS offense had some trouble with the Trojan defensive scheme, they stayed mostly within single-digits of their hosts throughout the first half of play. A spin move as the first half expired by senior guard Phil O'Shaughnessy put R-P up by 10, 44-34.

Things fell apart for the Burros after the break, as R-P tore off on a 25-1 run. The R-P press went to a man-to-man, resulting in a series of steals. The aggressive attacking style that the Trojans employed seemed to pay dividends at that point. In a KFIL radio interview, R-P coach Tom Vix also credited good shot selection by his players during the game-changing run.

The Burros made some uncharacteristic misses as well, which didn't hurt the home team's efforts; credit R-P defenders, who shut down open shot opportunities.

"Lanesboro can shoot you right out of a game," Vix noted.

"We ran into a very good Rushford-Peterson team," Smith said. "We hung with them the best we could the first half hitting some nice three-point shots but their pressure defense wore us down and we turned the ball over just too many times to stay with a team like them."

Ruud finished with 19 points, including 5 for 5 from the foul line. Peterson and Rogers scored 9 points each. Zach Voeltz hit two late treys for 6 points. Freese had 5 points, while Boggs chipped in 4. Tylar Miller had 3 points.

Rebounding leaders included Freese with 9, Rogers with 6, Ruud with 4 and Boggs with 3. As a team, the Burros were out-boarded 31-29.

Turnovers were a key. LHS had 25 on the night, while R-P only committed 12 giveaways.

Sophomore guard Cole Kingsley scored 19 points for the Trojans. Classmate point guard Charlie Krambeer added 14.

KFIL Players of the Game were Ruud for LHS and Krambeer for R-P. Kingsley won the Game Ball Award.

Up next

The Burros travel to Lewiston-Altura on Tuesday, Feb. 18. On Friday, they close out the regular season hosting Lyle/Pacelli.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove* 17 -1 19 - 5

Lanesboro 16 -1 17 - 5

Mabel-Canton 5 -12 5 -19

Hope Lutheran 5 -13 9 -15

Houston 2 -15 2 -22

*clinched share of division championship

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow* 13 - 4 15 - 9

Lyle/Pacelli 11 - 6 13 -11

Schaeffer Acad 10 - 7 13 - 10

G-E* 4 -13 5 -19

LeRoy-Ostrander 3 -14 4 -20