Kingsland celebrated Senior Night vs. Winona Cotter, and the two senior Knights, Lenny Moore and Jordan Meskill, were roasted by their teammates. However, they also were presented with signed basketballs, posters and other items.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Kingsland celebrated Senior Night vs. Winona Cotter, and the two senior Knights, Lenny Moore and Jordan Meskill, were roasted by their teammates. However, they also were presented with signed basketballs, posters and other items. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Kingsland boys played a trio of tightly-contested conference games the past week. The week began in dramatic fashion at home with a half-court, buzzer-beating shot to give the Knights a narrow victory over Dover-Eyota. The Knights weren't able to build on their late-game heroics though, dropping the next two games of the week to Lewiston-Altura and Winona Cotter.

Dover-Eyota 57, Kingsland 58

Kingsland (6-15, 4-11) started the week at home, taking on Dover-Eyota (7-15, 6-8) in a game that came down to the final possession. The Knights got off to a quick start thanks in part to a pair of easy buckets inside each for the post duo of Marcus Plaehn and Julius Wolf. After the Knights built an early 18-11 lead, however, the Eagles began their comeback. Dover-Eyota tied the game back up at 24 in the late stages of the first half.

Jacob Rindels knocked down a pair of free throws in the closing moments of the first to give the Knights a two-point lead at the intermission. Rindels scored eight points in the half for Kingsland. His teammate in the backcourt, Lenny Moore, added three assists and two points in the half.

The second half began with the Knights scoring at will, only this time the points were coming in increments of three. Isiah Bubany started the early flurry of three-point baskets, knocking down a trey to open play in the second. Rindels followed with a pair of threes, stretching the Kingsland lead to a game-high 10 points.

The Eagles would not be deterred, however, as they responded to Kingsland's surge to start the half by chipping away at the deficit for the remainder of the game. After tying the game several times late in the second half, the Eagles finally broke through to take the lead on a three-pointer, 53-51. After the two teams exchanged the lead a couple more times, Dover-Eyota grabbed a two-point lead on a free throw line jumper with 2.3 seconds remaining.

That field goal prompted coach John Fenske to call a timeout to set up a potential game-winning play. It appeared Fenske had dialed up the right play call. The inbounds pass was thrown to Plaehn in the center of the court, almost to the half-court line. Meanwhile, Rindels was streaking towards Kingsland's offensive end from his initial position near the inbounder. Once the inbounds pass was received by Plaehn, he quickly turned and fired the ball to the streaking Rindels, narrowly missing the outstretched arms of the Eagle defenders. Rindels caught the ball just short of half-court near the sideline, put down two dribbles to the left to free himself up, and launched. The ball banked off the square on the backboard and ripped through the net. Pandemonium ensued, as Rindels's teammates mobbed him at half-court, celebrating the victory.

Points: Rindels 22, Wolf 10, Moore 8, Larson 7, Plaehn 4, Bubany 4, Niemeyer 3.

Rebounds: Wolf 6, Bubany 5, Rindels 5, Plaehn 4, Niemeyer 4, Moore 3, Larson 1, Meskill 1.

Assists: Moore 5, Rindels 3, Bubany 2, Larson 1, Wolf 1.

Kingsland 62, Lewiston-Altura 68

Kingsland (6-16, 4-12) travelled to Lewiston on Wednesday evening to take on conference opponent Lewiston-Altura (5-16, 3-12). This contest saw the Knights fall behind early in the first half only to come back and build an eight-point advantage going into the locker room at halftime. Rindels, coming off an exhilarating game-winning shot two nights before, picked up where he left off, scoring nine of the Knights first 11 points and 19 total in the half. Senior guard Lenny Moore also had a big first half, recording nine of his 16 points and contributing three assists, three steals and a block. Overall, the Knights played an extremely efficient first half, shooting 15/23 from the field and only committing 6 turnovers.

The Cardinals wouldn't go down without a fight, however, as they erased the eight point first half deficit almost immediately in the second, scoring the half's first ten points. The Knights responded to Lewiston-Altura's run, regaining the lead on baskets from Rindels and Moore. The Knights then took a 52-51 lead on a Jordan Meskill free throw, a lead that would prove to be their last of the game.

The Cardinals took their late lead to as many as six before the Knights made a final comeback. A three-point basket by Bubany tied the game back up at 62. Lewiston-Altura, however, proved to be too resilient for Kingsland, closing the game on a six to zero run during which the Cardinals shot six for eight from the free throw line. The Cardinals used efficiency from the three point and free throw lines to escape with the victory, posting second half percentages of 61 percent (11/18) from long distance and 75 percent (15/20) from the free throw line.

Points: Rindels 26, Moore 17, Larson 8, Bubany 6, Wolf 2, Niemeyer 2, Meskill 1.

Rebounds: Rindels 7, Larson 5, Wolf 5, Moore 3, Plaehn 3, Bubany 3.

Assists: Rindels 3, Moore 3, Larson 1.

Winona Cotter 64, Kingsland 61

Kingsland (6-17, 4-13) concluded their week on Friday at home against a Winona Cotter (11-9, 9-8) team that beat the Knights by ten earlier this season. The Knights opened the game spreading the ball around on offense, getting two points from each of their five starters to build an early 10-8 lead. The Knights and Ramblers played a tightly-contested first half that featured six lead changes and ended with the Knights leading by one, 26-25. Rindels led the Knights in scoring in the first half, contributing six points; although, most of his damage was done in the second half, during which he scored 14, giving him 20 points for the game. Meskill added six more in the half while Plaehn and sophomore guard Quinn Larson each chipped in four first half points as well. Larson had an active first half, swiping three of his team-high five steals in the opening period and also adding four rebounds and an assist.

After a relatively low-scoring first half, the Knights and Ramblers picked up the offensive pace in the second. Despite the increase in offensive production, the second half was even more competitive than the first; the two teams exchanged the lead 16 more times, with neither ever achieving a lead greater than five points. The Knights led by five early in the second half after consecutive baskets by Larson and Meskill. That lead would dissipate over the next three Rambler possessions, as they responded by taking their largest lead of the game, 59-55, on a pair of free throws. Kingsland was able to tie up the game two times in the closing moments on baskets by Moore and Wolf, but Winona Cotter scored the final three points of the game to give them the 64-61 victory.

Points: Rindels 20, Larson 11, Meskill 11, Moore 8, Plaehn 6, Wolf 3, Niemeyer 2.

Rebounds: Rindels 10, Wolf 8, Larson 7, Meskill 4, Bubany 2, Plaehn 2, Moore 2.

Assists: Rindels 3, Plaehn 3, Moore 3, Larson 2, Meskill 2, Wolf 1.