Julius Wolf of the Knights lays the ball in for two points vs. Fillmore Central. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Julius Wolf of the Knights lays the ball in for two points vs. Fillmore Central. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Kingsland scored the last six points of the game Saturday at home against Lake City to win its second boys basketball contest of the season Saturday with a 42-35 win.

In the closing minutes of the game, Kingsland extended its 36-35 lead by scoring six points in a row, all on free throws, until the buzzer sounded. The Knights never took a shot from the field, as they made six of 10 free throws during that stretch. Lake City only managed to take two shots from the field after reaching 35 points, but Lenny Moore got the defensive rebound on the three-point attempt and Kingsland's Jacob Rindels got the rebound on the other Lake City shot.

The game was one of streaks as the Knights went on an 11-0 run early in the game to go up 15-5, which it extended to 18-9 at the half. Early in the second half, Lake City came back from a 23-13 deficit to go up 25-23, which tied for its largest lead of the game. The game remained tight from there until Kingsland's spurt at the end.

Neither team shot well as Kingsland made 12 of 35 from the field and Lake City made 11 of 33. The biggest difference was at the free throw line, where the Knights made 15 of 24 compared to five of 10 for Lake City.

Quinn Larson led the team in scoring with 14, followed by Rindels with eight, including three of the free throws at the end of the game. Also scoring were Isiah Bubany with seven, Marcus Plaehn and Moore with five each, Julius Wolf with two and Jordan Meskill with one.

Rindels led the team in rebounding with nine. Larson and Bubany each had two assists while Bubany had three steals to lead the team.

At Fillmore Central

In the Fillmore Central game on Tuesday, Kingsland led 40-32 at the half and extended the lead to 10 points before the Falcons came back to win the game.

The Knights went up 44-34 on a Rindels free throw early in the second half. The Falcons converted two baskets right after that point before Rindels hit a two-pointer to put the Knights' lead back at eight. Fillmore Central then went on a 9-0 run to take a one-point lead.

Larson then hit a three-pointer to put Kingsland back up 49-47. The lead went back and forth for a while before Plaehn hit a basket to give Kingsland a 55-54 advantage, which would turn out to be the last lead for the Knights. The Falcons scored the next eight points to extend their lead by seven.

Rindels then scored three points on a basket and free throw to get Kingsland within four points, a margin the Knights were to match three times later in the game, the last time when Clayton Friemuth put in two to close the score to 70-66.

Larson led the team in scoring with 21 points, 15 of those from beyond the three-point line. He shot 50 percent from the field both in two-point and three-point range.

Rindels added 16 points, also shooting 50 percent overall. Plaehn had 12 points on 71 percent shooting.

Others scoring for the Knights were Wolf with nine, Meskill with six, Moore with five, and Bubany and Friemuth with two each.

Plaehn led the team in rebounding with 14 as the team had an advantage in rebounding overall. Moore was the leader in assists with seven. Wolf had two steals to lead in that category.

The two teams shot about the same from the field with the Knights converting 47.5 percent and the Falcons hitting on 49 percent. The difference was at the free throw line. Fillmore Central shot better and had more attempts, making 27 of 34, while the Knights made just 12 of 21.

Four persons were in double figures for Fillmore Central, led by Carter Rindels with 17 points.

Caledonia at home

Thursday against Caledonia at home, Kingsland fell 92-63. The Knights got in a hole early as the Warriors scored the first 16 points of the game. Kingsland turned the ball over seven times before scoring a point.

The rest of the game was more even as Caledonia outscored the Knights 35-30 the rest of the first half and 41-33 in the second half.

Rindels led the team in scoring with 11 points, making three of five from three-point range. Trevor Schwarz also made three of five three-point attempts to end with nine points. Meskill also scored nine points.

Others scoring were Larson with seven points, Nick Niemeyer with six points, Moore with five points, Plaehn with four, Bubany and Friemuth with three each, and Dane Gillespie, Josh Bradley and Wolf with two each.

Rindels and Plaehn led the team in rebounding with seven each. Wolf added five while Larson, Meskill and Moore each had four of the team's 40 total rebounds. Rindels had three assists and Larson two while Larson and Meskill each had two steals. Wolf had two blocks.

Upcoming games

Kingsland plays three games again this week, which started with a contest at home against Chatfield, which will be playing its first game due to a late start caused by the extended football season. Thursday they play a non-conference game at Pine Island and the next night they travel to Dover-Eyota. Next Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Knights travel to Spring Grove for a non-conference game.