He raised up on his backside from out of bounds near half court to see the most improbable shot of his career hit dead center. For the second straight summer-league game, a three-point basket by senior point guard Blaine Storlie broke a tie score at the buzzer for the Spring Grove basketball boys.

Neither time did the Lions need three points, just any points; and due to the clock, a long distance prayer was the only option. This last jaw-dropper was not really a shot but instead a two-handed over-the-shoulder heave while not only covered by two Prairie du Chien defenders but also while falling out of bounds - near the half line.

That frantic finish on July 24 was far different than the three games that followed for SG (10-5, 4-2 league) at the July 28 Cotter Tournament in Winona.

Against Class AA competition, all from the Three Rivers Conference, the Class A Lions won one and dropped two.


SG 43, PdC Team Two 40

The fantastic finish came as SG had to in-bound the ball as far from the basket as possible with fewer than two seconds (0:01.9) on the clock against Prairie du Chien Team Two. Alex Engelhardt lofted it to Storlie short of the half line.

The Lions had led for most of the game, up 20-16 at halftime. There were seven-to-nine-point margins in the second half before a Prairie du Chien lay-up tied the score with 24 seconds to play.

The Lions squandered their next possession with a turnover but got the ball back with a Blackhawk turnover with 1.9 seconds to play.

Lion coach Wade Grinde described the Blackhawks as "athletic, strong, fundamentally sound."

Cotter Tournament

St. Charles 58, SG 41

The Saints took control early, ahead by 16 points at halftime before winning by 17. Both teams began with full-court defenses, but St. Charles fared far better with the fast pace.

When not scoring in transition, the Saints shot well inside and out. They were more mature physically and athletic enough to cover the floor with their traditional 1-3-1 zone and block six shots.

SG 49, Dover-Eyota 27

The Lion full-court defense and two treys sparked SG to an 8-0 lead before the Eagles got off a shot. SG led 29-11 at halftime and was up by as many as 28 points in the second half.

Chatfield 63, SG 50

Lion Josh Olerud scored the first five points of the game, but the first half would belong to hot-shooting Chatfield. Five of the Gophers' eight 3-point baskets came before halftime when they led 34-23. The teams traded scores in the second half with the Lions never getting closer than nine points.

SG played with three seniors, two sophomores, four freshmen and an eighth grader.


SG 40, Viroqua Team Three 23

Having previously drubbed Viroqua Team Four by the same 17-point margin, the B-boys improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in league play while coasting past this bunch of Blackhawks.


Last week's tournament at Hokah was rained out. The season ends this week with the annual league tournament at Preston.