AUSTIN EDITION Mabel-Canton keeps Lyle/Pacelli winless
MABEL -- Defensive pressure by Mabel-Canton forced Lyle/Austin Pacelli into 30 turnovers during Thursday night's 58-48 loss in boys basketball.
This was the first Southeast Conference win in two years for the M-C Cougars. Nathan Pastwa led M-C with a game-high 17 points, his highest scoring output of the season.
Many of the points for the home team came off transition opportunities created by the defense. Jason Krivachek of M-C also posted his best game of the season so far with a dozen points, including a pair of three-pointers.
"We pressed L/P in the first half and it hurt them," M-C coach Orel Tollefson said. "Our man-to-man defensive pressure made a big difference."
The Cougars had 10 steals off the press. The Athletics trailed by only six after the first quarter, but the deficit had jumped into the double-digits by halftime.
Nels Nelson led L/P with 12 points, most of those coming in the second half. Mark Van Winter added nine points as L/P tried in vain to rally in the second half.
"We were only 2-of-10 from the field in the third quarter and they cut the lead back to 10 points on a couple of occasions," Tollefson said. "But we were able to push it back over 10 by the end of the third quarter and then I let everybody play."
Mabel-Canton (2-5, 1-2 SEC) also dominated on the boards with a decided edge in rebounding on the night. Nathan Donald had 10 boards to lead M-C, and Olaf Haugen added nine rebounds in the win
L/P boys (0-8, 0-3 SEC) are off for the Christmas break and return to action on Jan. 7 against LeRoy-Ostrander in Lyle.
LYLE/AUSTIN PACELLI (48)
Chris Bergstrom 0, Kellen Blaser 0, Jake Burzinski 0, Nick Ehret 10, Joey Greibrok 4, Alex Halbach 2, David Judd 2, Nels Nelson 12, Shawn Pfeil 0, Alex Schilling 6, Chris Schmidt 3, Mark Van Winter 9.
Brady Bergey 8, Patrick Darrington 1, Nathan Donald 6, Olaf Haugen 5, Dan Inglett 0, Wesley Johnson 0, Jason Knoke 2, Jason Krivachek 12, Taylor Marsden 3, Jake Nash 2, Nathan Pastwa 17, Matt Pepin 0, Weston Recio 2, Adam Tollefson 0, Dustin Tollefsrud 0.
Lyle/Pacelli 10 22 29 48
; Mabel-Canton 16 33 43 58
; Three-point goals -- L/P 2 (Nelson 2), M-C 3 (Krivachek 2, Pastwa 1).
Free throws -- L/P 22-26, M-C 13-21.
Fouled out -- None.