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L/P boys bb aust 2-11 DONE

Post-Bulletin staff

RANDOLPH — The Lyle/Austin Pacelli boys basketball team won its fifth straight game Tuesday night by an 84-73 margin over the Randolph Rockets.

Brady Stier led the way to the non-conference win with a career-high 35 points. He also had a team-high 14 rebounds for the Lyle/Pacelli Athletics. Stier finished 16-for-19 in shooting from the field.

Cody Meyer had another big night offensively for L/P with 27 points, although he was only 9-for-22 at the free throw line. The Athletics missed a total of 26 free throws on the night, but they still scored 84 points.

"It was a big scoring night for Brady and Cody, but we also had some other key contributions in the win," L/P coach Reid Olson said. "Ryan Rust scored nine points and gave us some outstanding minutes as he played most of the second half. He was about the only guy who made free throws for us at 5-for-5 on the night.

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"There were a total of 70 fouls called in the game. Even though most of the fouls were on them (45), it was tough for us to get into a flow."

The visitors got up by 10 points at halftime and managed to maintain that advantage throughout the second half. Another key statistic for the Athletics was their complete domination on the boards. L/P had 36 more rebounds than Randolph.

"They only have four wins, but they play in a tough conference and face a lot of good teams," Olson said. "They’re in our subsection and we’re shooting for the third seed, so this was a big win in terms of the post-season seeds."

Lyle/Pacelli (12-7) returns to Southeast Conference play on Friday night with a road trip to Lanesboro.

LYLE/PACELLI (84)

Brady Stier 35, Cody Meyer 27, Ryan Rust 9, Michael Lonergan 6, Matt Buntje 5, Justin Hutchinson 2, Alex Brennan 0, Kyle Pereault 0.

RANDOLPH (73)

Chaz Speight 24, Ethan Kuehn 17, Marty Wernimont 13, Owen Sprute 8, Alex Cherwinka 5, Scott Otte 4, Tyler Thomforde 2.

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Halftime — L/P 38, Randolph 28.

Three-point goals — L/P 3 (Meyer 2, Lonergan 1). RAN 5 (Wernimont 2, Speight 2, Cherwinka 1.

Free throws — L/P 19-45, RAN 16-25.

Rebounds — L/P 36 (Stier 14, Rust 13); Randolph 10.

Turnovers — L/P 16, Randolph 7.

Fouled out — RAN, Cherwinka, Speight, Wernimont.

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