Kramer shoots Hayfield past K-M
Despite some rust that built up during a nine-day layoff, Hayfield found the range from the free-throw line and the three-point arc often enough Saturday night to oust Kasson-Mantorville 65-51 in a Section Two, Class AA East boys basketball game played in Hayfield.
No. 3-seeded Hayfield (12-12) advances to a sub-section semifinal game against No. 2 seeded United South Central (12-11) at 6 p.m. Thursday at Waseca High School.
United South Central defeated Triton 60-43 Saturday.
The Vikings' Tyler Kramer, after being fouled on a three-point attempt early in the fourth quarter against K-M, made a three free throws to give Hayfield a 42-37 lead. The free throws were part of an eight-point run by Hayfield that K-M couldn't answer.
Hayfield never trailed in the game. Freshman David Johnson opened the Vikings' scoring with a three-pointer to trigger a 13-4 run. K-M whittled the lead to three points during the third quarter.
The Vikings sank 16 of 24 free throws in the final period.
For the game, Hayfield shot 44 percent (17-39) overall, and the same on three-pointers (7-16).
The last time the teams met was Feb. 28, when Hayfield defeated K-M 62-46 in their last regular-season game. The Vikings won all three matches with K-M this season; all three were close going into the last quarter.
Hayfield dominated the boards Saturday, getting 31 rebounds to K-M's 19. Johnson and Mark Oelkers led the winners with eight rebounds each. Kramer dished seven assists.
Hayfield coach Chris Pack described the Viking's upcoming foe, United South Central, as small and aggressive. The team's tallest player is 6 feet, 1 inch.
"We have the potential to win Thursday," Pack said. "After that, it's one game at a time."
Last season, Hayfield was the Cinderalla of the state tournament, getting to the state Class AA final before losing to Kenyon-Wanamingo.
"That team (in 2000-2001) played better defense," Pack said. "Offensively, we're better this year than last year."
Upset-minded Triton, seeded No. 7, built a 26-21 lead in the first half in its Section 2AA game against United South Central in a game played in Wells. But the the No. 2-seeded Rebels forced too many turnovers with their man-to-man pressure for the Cobras to hang on. The Rebels prevailed 60-43.
Josh Spitzack led Triton in scoring with 14 points.
Ryan Collins 11, Robbie Deming 10, Troy Diderich 2, Garrett Duncanson 8, Matt Ferguson 0, Justin Gillette 0, Matt Gross 0, Phil Kirsch 4, Tim Kunz 4, James Ostroot 0, Jared Skogen 12.
Brandon Boullion 0, Shawn Colucy 0, Nick DeMaria 6, Randy Gebhardt 1, Brock Greenhagen 0, Cody Hegna 2, David Johnson 13, Tyler Kramer 21, Bryan Oelkers 5, Mark Oelkers 10, Cody Schieck 0, Ted Simonson 2, Drew Wanzek 5.
Kasson-Mantorville 11 22 37 51
; Hayfield 20 28 40 65
; Three-point goals -- K-M 3 (Duncanson 2, Deming 1), Hayfield 7 (Johnson 3, Kramer 2, DeMaria 1, B. Oelkers 1).
Free throws -- K-M 13-15, Hayfield 24-36.
Fouled out -- K-M, Duncanson.
SECTION 2, CLASS AA EAST
United South Central 60, Triton 43
Jon Dalager 8, Ryan Fate 0, Dan Hanson 2, Brian Louks 4, Matt Scherger 2, Adam Schmoll 1, Eric Selthun 0, Josh Spitzack 14, Andrew Twite 8, Tyler Paulson 4, Kyle Dessner 0.
UNITED SOUTH CENTRAL (60)
Wetzell 17, Iverson 7, Beyer 18, Halvorson 2, Forderer 6, Niebuhr 4, Wigern 2, Ulrich 4.
Triton 16 26 35 41
; United South Central 14 21 41 60
; Three-point goals -- Triton 1 (Spitzack 1), USC 5 (Wetzell 1, Beyer 2, Forderer 2).
Free throws -- Triton 15-26, USC 13-19.
Fouled out -- None.