Knights make early exit from Class 1A Section tournament
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:44 AM
The Kingsland boys basketball team entered postseason play with a modest 6-20 overall record looking to make some noise in the Section 1A tournament.
Kingsland’s Quinn Larson puts up a shot at Lanesboro in the section tournament. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Knights were seeded fifth out of nine teams in the section, which is comprised of teams from both the Three Rivers Conference and the Southeast Conference. Their opening opponent, the Lanesboro Burros, hail from the latter conference and received the fourth seed for their 15-6 regular season record.
Kingsland 55, Lanesboro 77
Kingsland (6-21, 4-16) began the postseason by taking on the Lanesboro (16-6, 14-2 Southeast) in the first round of the Class A, Section 1 tournament. The Knights received the fifth seed in the section, which meant they had to travel to Lanesboro to take on the fourth seeded Burros.
The Knights began the game with a 4-0 run on back-to-back buckets by guards Jacob Rindels and Lenny Moore. The Burros responded by tying the game up at four after the Knights went on a dry spell for a couple of possessions. The two teams exchanged the lead five more times in the early going, the last of which came on Lanesboro's third consecutive three point basket, putting them on top 13-11. Unfortunately for the Knights, the Burros wouldn't relinquish this early lead for the rest of the game.
A three-pointer by Moore near the end of the first half cut the lead to nine and gave him five points in the half. Moore also added two of his four steals in the first. Quinn Larson led the Knights in scoring in the first half, recording six points.
Three points from junior guard Isiah Bubany to start the second half cut the Knight deficit to six. That would be as close as Kingsland would get in the closing half, however. The Knights tried to climb back into the game mid-second half as junior forward Marcus Plaehn connected on a field goal that trimmed the lead to 11. With their double-digit lead being threatened, the Burros fired back, responding to Plaehn's bucket by going on an 18-5 run that stretched the lead to 24. The Knights were only able to cut that deficit by two points during the balance of the game as Lanesboro went on to win by 22, 77-55.
Seniors Moore and Jordan Meskill played an active game in what was their final time suiting up for the Kingsland boys basketball team. Moore had five points, three rebounds, four assists, and a steal while Meskill recorded five points and four rebounds.
Points: Rindels 13, Larson 9, Plaehn 8, Bubany 6, Meskill 5, Moore 5, Niemeyer 4, O'Byrne 3, Wolf 2
Rebounds: Meskill 4, Niemeyer 4, Larson 3, Plaehn 3, Moore 3, Wolf 3, O'Byrne 2
Assists: Moore 4, Bubany 1, Rindels 1, Larson 1, Plaehn 1, Wolf 1