Kingsland boys come back to win two games
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:34 AM
Despite poor starts, Kingsland won both its boys basketball games last week on consecutive nights at home as the Knights downed Grand Meadow 71-55 Thursday and Wabasha-Kellogg 52-47 Friday.
Lenny Moore drives to the basket for the Knights against Grand Meadow. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The third game scheduled last week, at home against Plainview-Elgin-Millville, was postponed due to school closings on Tuesday. The game will be played Monday, Feb. 10.
Friday, Wabasha-Kellogg opened with the first six points of the game and kept the lead the entire first half, ending with a 31-20 advantage at halftime, its largest lead of the game.
The Knights came back early in the second half to tie the game at 34. The game remained tight from there with the two teams tying three more times, the last one at 47-47. From that point, Kingsland scored the final five points of the game to secure the victory.
Jacob Rindels scored 18 and Lenny Moore 17 to lead the Knights. Quinn Larson added 10 points while Julius Wolf had four points and Isiah Bubany scored three points.
Bubany led the team in rebounding with five. Rindels had the team's two assists and Moore had the team's two steals, one of those coming at a key time - on the W-K possession right after Moore sunk a two-pointer to put the Knights up 49-47.
The previous night, Kingsland got off to a poor start again as Grand Meadow scored the first seven points of the game. The Knights trailed 10-2 before they made their way back to tie the game at 17.
After the lead went back and forth, the Larks took their final lead at 24-23. Kingsland outscored them 12-3 to finish the half with a 35-27 lead. Grand Meadow got no closer than within seven points in the second half as Kingsland outscored the Larks 36-28.
Rindels had 17 points, Bubany 13 and Moore 11 to lead the Knights. Larson and Marcus Plaehn each scored eight points, Jordan Meskill had five, Wolf four, Clayton Friemuth and Josh Bradley two each and Dane Gillespie one point. Bubany made four of seven shots from beyond the three-point arc while Rindels made eight of 10 free throws.
Rindels, Larson and Plaehn each had six rebounds while Meskill and Moore each had five. Larson had five assists to lead the team. Bubany, Larson and Moore each had two steals. Larson and Bradley each blocked a shot.
This week after a game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, when Kingsland was scheduled to travel to Lewiston-Altura, the Knights will face undefeated Rushford-Peterson for a second time in a home game on Friday. Then, they travel to Southland on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The Knights lost to R-P 83-26 in the first game of the season and beat Southland 74-51 in the second game of the season on Nov. 26. Kingsland is 4-9 overall.