Kingsland boys come close,
but fall in three tight games
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:49 AM
Kingsland played three close games in boys basketball last week, taking a lead in the second half of each game, but the Knights couldn't hang on for a win to go 0-3 by a combined total of 13 points.
Trevor Schwarz of the Knights shoots from outside against Chatfield. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER
The closest game was the last one Friday at Dover-Eyota, in which the Eagles won 44-43 over the Knights. Jacob Rindels of the Knights hit a three-pointer with about 10 seconds left to give Kingsland a 43-42 lead, but Dover-Eyota scored on a layup as the buzzer sounded.
The lead changed hands 13 times in the game. Dover-Eyota scored the last nine points of the first half to take a 23-16 halftime lead, its largest lead of the game.
Early in the second half, Kingsland scored 13 points in a row to take a 33-26 lead, which it soon extended to 37-28 for the Knights' largest lead. However, after that, the Knights could only score two free throws as the Eagles outscored Kingsland 14-2 before Rindels hit the three-pointer with 10 seconds left. The Knights only attempted one shot from the field in that span as the game was a defensive battle to the end.
Rindels led the Knights in scoring with 14 points. Lenny Moore added nine points, Isiah Bubany six, Jordan Meskill five, Julius Wolf four, Nick Niemeyer three, and Marcus Plaehn two.
The Knights shot just 33 percent from the field, although they made seven of 12 three-pointers. They also made seven two-pointers, but had 30 attempts for a 23 percent conversion rate.
Dover-Eyota made 42 percent from the field and four of nine free throws. Kingsland made eight of 16 from the line.
Rebounding was spread out with Wolf getting seven, Bubany six, Rindels and Niemeyer five each, Plaehn and Moore four each, and Meskill two. Moore had four of the team's eight steals. Rindels and Plaehn each blocked one shot.
Dover-Eyota had 14 steals and three blocks.
In a game in which the lead changed hands seven times and the score was tied six times, the Knights couldn't quite come back to win it in the end as Chatfield downed Kingsland 78-75 at Kingsland Tuesday. Chatfield, expected to be one of the best teams in the conference, was playing its first game due to a late start caused by an extended football season.
Kingsland got off to a slow start as Chatfield scored the first five points, but quickly pulled back into the game and took an 8-7 lead on a Plaehn basket. The score remained tight with several lead changes through the half and into the second half.
Late in the half, Kingsland took a 61-60 lead on a basket by Wolf. However, Chatfield scored the next eight points to take the lead for good. Kingsland did get within two points on a three-pointer by Schwartz at 75-73, but that was the closest they came to taking back the lead in the end.
Chatfield led 45-41 at the half and Kingsland outscored the Gophers 34-33 in the second half.
Rindels led the Knights with 19 points, making 73 percent of his shots from the field, while Moore, who shot 67 percent from the field, and Wolf, who shot 63 percent from the field, each had 11 points. Also, Meskil had nine, Niemeyer eight, Bubany and Plaehn six each, Schwartz three and Bradley two.
The team shot 56.6 percent from the field, making 73 percent of its two-point shots and 34.8 percent of its three-point shots. However, it wasn't nearly as hot from the line, making just seven of 16 free throws.
Chatfield had similar stats, making 44.6 percent from the field and eight of 16 from the line.
Leading rebounder for Kingsland was Plaehn with six, followed by Moore with five, Wolf with four, Meskill and Bradley with three each, Rindels with two, and Bubany and Niemeyer with one each.
Moore with six and Rindels with five led the team in assists.
This non-conference game Thursday at Pine Island was also back and forth through the first half and early into the second half. Pine Island, with strong free throw shooting at the end, outlasted the Knights 86-77.
Kingsland led 40-39 at the half and regained the lead 42-41 on a Plaehn basket early in the second half, but Pine Island went on a 11-0 run to take a 52-42 lead. Kingsland was able to pull back within three points several times after that and was down 75-70 late in the game, but the Panthers made nine of 10 free throws to end the game.
The shooting from the field wasn't as good as in the game vs. Chatfield as the Knights shot 33.8 percent. They were better at the free throw line, though, making 21 of 30 attempts.
Rindels scored 28 points and Niemeyer 17 to lead the Knights. Plaehn added nine, Moore eight, Wolf six, Meskill five, Schwartz three and Clayton Friemuth one.
Rindels had a double-double with 10 rebounds to go with his 28 points. Moore had 10 assists, a season-high for any one player. He also had three steals.
The Knights, now 2-5 overall, were scheduled to play at Spring Grove Tuesday, Dec. 17, in a non-conference game against a team that is in the new subsection that includes Kingsland. Spring Grove, which plays in the Southeast Conference, is undefeated this season. Thursday, the Knights are at 3-3 Winona Cotter and Saturday, they continue their road trip at 4-1 Rochester Lourdes before taking a break for the holidays.