The Lanesboro boys' basketball team scored two big wins over SEC opponents last week.

Lanesboro at Mabel-Canton

The Burros topped the Cougars 68-54 on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

"We played a better first half then second," LHS coach John Smith said. "We shot well the first half and overall we shot well from behind the three-point line. We got a little relaxed defensively in the second half, which led to some good possessions for M-C. Overall though, everyone played solid."

Kole Ruud led Burro scorers with 23 points. He also had a steal and 2 rebounds, while passing for 6 assists. Luke Rogers led the team in rebounds with 11. He completed a double-double by scoring 21 points, including an excellent 55 percent from three point range. Those six treys combined with 4 apiece from Ruud and Peterson for 14 threes overall. Peterson totaled 12 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals, while Isaac Freese added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

"It's always good to get wins on the road, and especially in Mabel where it's a tough place to come in to play," Smith said. "Isaac Freese and Luke Rogers did a nice job on the boards each having a double-double for the game. Erik Peterson also did a nice job again taking care of the ball having no turnovers from his point position."

The Burros out-boarded the Cougars 29-22, and continued their tradition of giving opponents a clinic in outside shooting. Lanesboro hit a solid 42 percent from beyond the arc as a team. Free throw shooting favored M-C, with the Cougars hitting 11 of 15 (73 percent) while LHS only netted 46 percent (6 of 13) from the line. Turnovers were even at 13 per team.

Lanesboro at Schaeffer Academy

The Burros defeated the SA Lions by a score of 72-58 in Rochester on Friday.

Smith said it was a "Nice road win against a much improved Schaeffer team. They are very long and athletic which gave us some problems with our perimeter game. We did not shoot extremely well which led to some empty possessions. As a team we shot well from the free throw line which is a key to winning games late in the year.

"Luke Rogers had a great game offensively and also defending their best player most of the game. Kole Ruud also played well on both ends and shot extremely well from the free throw line hitting 11 of 14. We had great play from our sophomore group stepping in for some foul trouble, including Matthew Luck who hit two three-point shots."

Rogers' 28 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot led the way for LHS. Ruud totaled 19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists with only two turnovers. Peterson added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists with only 5 turnovers. Matthew Luck charged off the bench for 8 points. Freese hit for 5 points while providing 8 rebounds.

Even with heightened defensive pressure, the Burros still sank 11 treys. As Smith noted, LHS out-shot the Lions from the free throw line 78 percent to 58 percent. That was an especially important statistic since the Burros went to the line 32 times. The Lions only advanced to the charity stripe on 19 occasions.

Nate Hanson led Schaeffer Academy with 20 points and 9 rebounds. The senior guard also surpassed 1,000 career points during the contest. Junior forward Eric Zeldenrust hit for 11.

Up next

The Burros visit Glenville-Emmons on Friday, Feb. 1. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, they will host Houston. Thursday, Feb. 7, brings a doubleheader at Hope Lutheran (St. Mary's University). Friday Feb. 8, is a home game versus LeRoy-Ostrander.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 12 - 0 13 - 4

Lanesboro 11 - 1 12 - 4

Hope Lutheran 4 - 8 7 -10

Mabel-Canton 4 - 8 4 -12

Houston 1 -10 1 -16

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow 8 - 4 9 - 7

Schaeffer Acad. 7 - 5 10 - 8

Lyle/Pacelli 7 - 5 9 - 8

G-E* 3 - 8 3 -13

LeRoy-Ostrander 2 -10 2 -15