Jacob Rindels twists around to put up a shot for the Knights against Spring Grove.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Jacob Rindels twists around to put up a shot for the Knights against Spring Grove. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Kingsland dropped three boys basketball games - all on the road - last week to end 2013 with a 2-9 record.

The first game of the week, which was a non-conference game at Spring Grove on Tuesday, continued a trend of close games in which Kingsland had a lead late into the game. The Lions prevailed in the end, though, winning 62-54.

Spring Grove opened the game with a 2-0 lead on two free throws, but Jacob Rindels hit a three-pointer to put the Knights ahead, a lead they kept the entire first half, which ended with a 31-25 Kingsland advantage at halftime.

The run continued when Rindels hit a shot to put Kingsland up 33-25 at the beginning of the second half. But the Lions went on a 12-2 run to take the lead. The lead went back and forth until Rindels hit another three-pointer to put Kingsland up 49-48 for its last lead of the game.

Spring Grove scored the next seven points to take a 55-49 lead. Rindels hit a basket to cut the lead to four, but the Lions answered with a three-pointer. At the very end, Spring Grove made two free throw attempts on each side of a three-point shot by Isiah Bubany for the Knights.

There was a big disparity in free throw shooting as the Lions made 14 of 18 from the line while Kingsland made just one in four attempts. Kingsland shot better from the field, making 48 percent overall, and 50 percent from behind the three-point line. Spring Grove shot 38 percent from the field.

Rindels was accurate, making seven of 11 two-point shots and three of five three-point shots to lead the Knights in scoring with 24 points.

Quinn Larson, Marcus Plaehn and Lenny Moore each scored eight points while Bubany added six to round out the scoring for the Knights.

Julius Wolf led the team in rebounding with seven. Rindels and Plaehn each had five rebounds. Moore had two assists and two steals to lead the team in those categories.

Winona Cotter

Jordan Meskill hit a three-pointer to start the scoring in the game on Thursday at Cotter, but the Knights never led after the early 3-0 lead. Cotter led 35-23 at the half and extended the lead to as much as 24 points in the second half, although Kingsland outscored Cotter 26-24 in the half to narrow the deficit in the 59-49 win.

Kingsland shot 25 percent from the field, making just five of 27 from beyond the arc. The Knights did make 10 of 16 from the line. Cotter, on the other hand, shot 50 percent from the field and made seven of 11 free throws.

Nick Niemeyer led the team in scoring with 11 points, making six points from the field and sinking all five of his free throw attempts.

Meskill scored seven points, Rindels and Plaehn six each, Trevor Schwarz five, Clayton Friemuth and Josh Bradley four each, and Larson and Moore three points each.

Bubany, Plaehn and Moore led the team in rebounds with six each. Rindels led the team in assists with three. Bubany, Moore and Wolf each had two steals to lead the team.

Rochester Lourdes

Once again Kingsland started the game with a three-pointer - this time by Rindels - to go up 3-0 for the only lead of the game. The Knights kept it close early, but Lourdes gradually pulled away, taking 38-24 lead and extending that to 70-50, the final score in this Saturday game at Lourdes.

Rindels ended up with a team-high 16 points and three rebounds. Moore had nine points, three rebounds and a team-high three assists. Larson also had nine points to go along with two rebounds and a steal. Plaehn had five points, a team-high five rebounds and one block. Niemeyer had four points, one rebound and an assist. Schwarz had three points while Friemuth and J.J. Fenske each had two points. Fenske also had two rebounds. Meskill had four rebounds and an assist while Bradley added two rebounds, and Bubany and Allen Junge each had a rebound. Brennen O'Connor also had an assist and Eaen O'Byrne had a steal.

The Knights shot 35 percent from the field, compared to 49 percent for Lourdes.

Up next

The Knights ended 2013 with five games in a row on the road. They open 2014 with four games at home, starting Jan. 3 against 8-2 St. Charles.