Boys sweep Cougars in semi-finals, turned away by Trojans in finals
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 8:51 AM
The No. 2 seed Spring Grove boys defeated No. 6 Mabel-Canton 62-46 in the Sub-section 1A East semi-finals but for the second time in three years fell in the finals to top seed Rushford-Peterson 83-65.
Chase Grinde (left ) and Brady Schuttemeier contend for rebound with Mabel-Canton’s Keyser Wenthold and Donnie Lind. Jon Speltz/Spring Grove Herald
Semi-finals: SG vs. M-C
This year's sub-section semi-finals pitted a pair of teams who know each other well; in their third meeting of the season, SG defeated M-C, 62-46.
Earlier in the month, the Lions had scored 27 fast-break points in a runaway win at Mabel. But in the rematch, the Cougars kept it a half court game with each team managing only 6 transition points.
In that Feb. 7 game, SG had out-rebounded the Cougars by 15. But on Saturday, M-C became only the third team in 28 games to out-board the Lions, 30 to 29.
Both teams did not shoot as well as they had in their two previous meetings. SG came in hitting 42% from the field for the season, but shot only 37% in Rochester. M-C netted only 35% and was again outscored by SG from the foul line, 19-10.
Both teams had to work hard to get shots. SG coach Wade Grinde said his Lions could not get into a rhythm on offense, at least in part due to the M-C defense. He praised the Cougars for "playing with heart."
On the other end of the court, M-C improved its ball handling against Spring Grove's trapping defensive pressure but still gave up 24 turnovers to 15 for the Lions.
The Cougars never led but twice sliced 8 and 7-point deficits down to 1 before SG closed the first half on a 16-5 run.
The Lions opened the game with a pair of Dustin Vickerman 3-point baskets. Spring Grove's other 3 treys came during that critical late first half run - a third from Vickerman following two from Chase Grinde.
M-C opened the second half with a Keyser Wenthold triple, but that would be final 3-pointer of the game for either team. The Cougars went 0 for 12 and SG 0 for 5 beyond the arc the rest of the way.
The closest M-C got during the second half was 7 points (42-35), but SG scored the next 7 points and led by double-digit margins thereafter.
KFIL radio Game Ball winner Brady Schuttemeier scored 9 of his 15 points in the second half and completed his seventh double double with 16 rebounds.
Grinde, the KFIL Lion Player of the Game, also scored 15 points with Vickerman putting in 14 points along with 6 rebounds.
Alex Engelhardt added 9 points, and with 3 assists, he was joined by Dylan Kampschroer (2 assists) and Gabe Solum (1) with more assists than turnovers.
For M-C, the KFIL Co-Players of the Game were Hunter Johnson and Donnie Lind. Each scored 10 points. Noah Manning had 6 assists and Justin Ward 3.
Johnson also contributed 7 rebounds, with 6 each from Manning and Wenthold and 5 boards from Lind.
Since Canton and Mabel consolidated in 1966, the Cougar and Lion boys have played 104 basketball games but only 6 times in postseason tournaments. SG leads overall 65-39 and had won 2 of the 3 playoff games in the old district/region format. But since sub-section play began, M-C had won both playoff games - upsetting higher seed SG in 2005 and 2006.
M-C closed at 15-12, the Cougars' first winning record in seven seasons (16-9 in 2007). SG improved to 25-3, achieving 25 wins for only the second time in program history.
all FG: SG 37%, M-C 35%
3-pt: SG 29% (5-17), M-C 19% (4-21)
2-pt: SG 40%, M-C 48%
FT: SG 68% (19-28), M-C 48% (10-21)
Rebounds: SG 29, M-C 30
Turnovers: SG 15, M-C 30
Fouls: SG 22, M-C 22
HALFTIME: SG 35, M-C 23
INDIVIDUALS: P-points, R-rebounds, A-assists, S-steals, B-blocked shots, H-hustle points, * starter.
*Brady Schuttemeier 15P, 16R, 1A, 2S, 3H; *Chase Grinde 15P, 3R, 2A, 1S, 7H; *Dustrin Vickerman 14P, 6R, 5A, 2S, 1H; *Alex Engelhardt 9P, 3R, 2A, 3S, 4H; Elliott Cross 7P, 1S; *Dylan Kampschroer 2P, 2A, 2S, 2H; Gabe Solum 1A, 3S, 1B, 3H; Tanner Sanness 1R; also playing Brock Schuttemeier, Devon Nerstad, Jordan Jaster
Finals: SG vs. R-P
Spring Grove stumbled at the start while No. 1 seed Rushford-Peterson raced away, defeating the Lions 83-65.
Despite a determined effort and strong performances, the Lions could never catch the highly efficient Trojans who won their fifth straight Sub-section 1A East championship game.
R-P coach Tom Vix told KFIL-Radio before the game that "We're a team that's difficult to come back on... We press, made or miss, every possession."
It proved a prophetic statement. Both teams began with a pressure defense. But the young Lions suffered through 8 turnovers during their first 11 possessions. More experienced R-P put on a passing clinic and soon led 17-2.
Nearly flawless on offense, the Trojans hit 10 of their first 15 shots and scooted ahead 22-5, an early 17-point margin that would end up as an 18-point decision.
SG changed defenses, took better care of the ball and shot well, too. But the Lions never got closer than 11 points. It was too difficult to come-from-behind against a team that played with unselfish precision (19 assists on 28 baskets), shot extremely well, and enjoyed an explosive performance off the bench.
Coach Wade Grinde credited the Trojans' speed and pressure, but was pleased with how well his players adjusted and finished the game.
Four Lions scored in double figures. Chase Grinde, the KFIL-Radio Lion Player of the Game, scored 19 points while both Kampschroer and Engelhardt added 13. Schuttemeier scored 11 points to go with a game-high 7 rebounds.
Except for the drag of 24 turnovers (second most of the season), SG shot well enough to win most games. The Lions hit 48% from the field (better than their season average) including an excellent 46% from 3-point land. R-P forced the Lions to attempt nearly half of their shots beyond the arc, but SG did nail 11 treys.
Shooting closer to the basket, R-P was 60% from the field, matching a season-high for Lion opponents. The Trojans also lived up to their outside shooting reputation, sinking an excellent 47% (8 for 17) from beyond the arc.
From the foul line, SG was very good (8-12), but the Trojans did not foul often. R-P was even better from the charity stripe (76%, 19-25). And with SG forced to foul at the end, the Trojans were at the line much more often.
Junior guard Seth Thompson scored 3 consecutive times down the floor before leaving (not to return) with an early ankle injury. That brought Austin O'Hare off the bench to become the KFIL Radio Trojan Player of the Game. The lanky and long 6-foot-4 senior scored inside and out (3 treys) for 26 points hitting 7 of 11 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free throw line.
The KFIL Game Ball winner was junior guard Alex Vix, who scored 17 points along with 5 assists. Junior point guard Cole Kingsley added 15 points, 5 steals and 4 assists.
The Trojans did not falter until committing 3 quick turnovers when SG went to a full-court press with 7:27 left to play. Coach Vix countered with a delay offense with just under six minutes to go. Forcing SG to foul, the Trojans sank 11 of 14 free throws in the final six minutes.
Kampschroer, Engelhardt and Grinde each came up with a late steal and a late 3-point field goal, but that only trimmed 6 points off a 24-point deficit. The final 18-point spread was exactly half of the 36-point margin (79-43) the Trojans had enjoyed versus SG in late December.
R-P not only had more points on the scoreboard but also considerably more fans at Mayo Civic Center Auditorium.
Spring Grove's season ended at 25-4 with half of those losses coming against R-P, along with setbacks against the Class AA sub-section champion (Caledonia) and the defending state champion in Wisconsin (Randolph).
In 18 years of sub-section play, the Lion boys' have appeared in the championship game five times, having won in 2008 (versus R-P).
The Trojans lead the series against SG 39-7 including an 8-2 record over the Lions at sub-section.
State-ranked R-P improved to 28-1 while winning sub-section for the 15th time in 18 seasons. The Trojans 18-year record at subsection is now 50-3.
The Trojans will face 1A West champion Goodhue (19-10) in the Section One championship game at Rochester on Thursday, March 6 at 6 pm. with the winner advancing to state.
all FG: SG 48%, R-P 60%
3-pt: SG 46% (11 for 24),
R-P 47% (8-17)
2-pt: SG 50%, R-P 67%
FT: SG 67% (8-12), R-P 76% (19-25)
Rebounds: SG 20, R-P 20
Turnovers: SG 24, R-P 16
Fouls: SG 22, R-P 13
HALFTIME: SG 25, R-P 39
INDIVIDUALS: *Grinde 19P, 4R, 4A, 3S, 8H; *Engelhardt 13P, 4R, 1A, 3S, 1B, 2H; *Kampschroer 13P, 2A, 1S, 3H; *Schuttemeier 11P, 7R, 1A, 3H; *Vickerman 5P, 2R, 4A; Cross 4P; Solum 3R, 1A, 1H; also playing - Sanness
Sub-section 1A-East Boys Basketball 2014
#8 Schaeffer Academy 87, #9 Houston 73
#7 Wabasha-Kellogg 66, #10 Hope Lutheran 65
#1 Rushford-Peterson 82, Schaeffer 33
#4 Lanesboro 77, #5 Kingsland 55
#2 Spring Grove 67, Wabasha-Kellogg 60
#6 Mabel-Canton 71, #3 Fillmore Central 56
Spring Grove 62, Mabel-Canton 46
Rushford-Peterson 79, Lanesboro 53
Sub-section Championship Finals
Rushford-Peterson 83, Spring Grove 65
Section 1A championship
Winner advances to state
March 6, Rochester 6:00 p.m.
Rushford-Peterson vs. Goodhue
SEC Boys Basketball - final
Spring Grove* 18-0 SEC (25-4 season)
Lanesboro 14-4 SEC (17-10 season)
Mabel-Canton 12-6 SEC (15-12 season)
Hope Lutheran 7-10 SEC (10-15 season)
Houston 6-11 SEC (6-17 season)
Schaeffer Academy* 10-8 SEC (13-13 season)
Grand Meadow* 10-8 (11-14 season)
Lyle/Pacelli 7-11 SEC (9-17 season)
Glenville-Emmons 4-14 SEC (7-20 season)
LeRoy-Ostrander 1-17 SEC (2-22 season)
SG varsity basketball
25-3 (18-0 SEC)
W at Lanesboro 63-55
W vs. Hope Lutheran 72-30
W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 74-28
W at Waukon 54-42
W vs. Houston 62-19
W at Grand Meadow 60-40
W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 80-53
W vs. Kingsland 62-54
W vs. Schaeffer Academy 76-41
L vs. Caledonia 57-90
L at Rushford-Peterson 43-79
W vs. Mabel-Canton 68-46
W at Fillmore Central 79-55
W at Hope Lutheran 53-22
L vs. Randolph, Wis. 47-67
W vs. Lanesboro 82-67
W vs. Glenville-Emmons 81-27
W at Houston 78-37
W at LeRoy-Ostrander 79-30
W vs. Grand Meadow 67-42
W at Lyle/Pacelli 83-59
W at Lansing Kee 61-50
W at Schaeffer Academy 77-40
W at Mabel-Canton 81-42
W vs. Southland 96-60
W at Glenville-Emmons 73-31
W vs. #7 Wabasha-Kellogg 67-60
W vs. #6 Mabel-Canton 62-46
Lion B-team basketball
13-8 (11-3 SEC)
W at Lanesboro 40-37
W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander 67-16
L at Waukon 56-60
L vs. Houston 37-41
W at Grand Meadow 40-19
W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 50-14
L vs. Kingsland 38-46
W vs. Schaeffer Academy 64-36
L vs. Rushford-Peterson 33-39
W vs. Caledonia 43-39
W vs. Mabel-Canton 47-34
L at Fillmore Central 67-53
L vs. Lanesboro 50-51
L at Houston 33-37
W vs. Grand Meadow 48-26
W at Lyle/Pacelli 57-24
W at Lansing Kee 48-24
W at Schaeffer Academy 54-19
W at Mabel-Canton 58-30
L vs. Southland 43-55
W at Glenville-Emmons 54-30