L/P, Southland ready for postseason
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By Scott A. Kolb
The Lyle/Austin Pacelli boys basketball team opens post-season play Saturday afternoon, while the Southland boys will wait until Tuesday night to get started in their second season.
Both the Lyle/Pacelli Athletics and Southland Rebels play their subsection tournament openers on the road.
The Athletics play their first round game in the Class A, Section One, West Subsection at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School. The Rebels play at the higher seeded Byron Bears in the Class AA, Section Two, East Subsection opener.
Seeded third in Section 1A West, the Athletics (17-9) play the sixth-seeded Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs (5-21) on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. The Bulldogs are the defending subsection and section champions.
Faribault Bethlehem Academy (24-2) is the top seed in the subsection. The FBA Cardinals are ranked No. 4 in the state for Class A and enter the tournament with 12 straight victories.
Goodhue (15-10) is the second seed in the tourney. The Wildcats played Bethlehem Academy during the regular season and suffered a 72-56 loss on Jan. 5., but since that time closed the season with an 11-4 run. Goodhue plays seventh-seeded Randolph in the game prior to Lyle/Pacelli vs. J-W-P.
The Athletics finished with a strong overall regular season record, but settled for a four-place finish in the Southeast Conference. The L/P boys closed the season with four straight wins, but none of those teams had a winning record.
Junior center Brady Stier (20.4 ppg) is an elite scorer. Junior guard Cody Meyer (14.3 ppg) also averages in double figures while senior forward Justin Hutchinson scores at a 9.0 clip.
"Even though J-W-P is the lower seed, they won this section last year and went to state, so we expect a tough game," L/P coach Reid Olson said. "Our guys had a strong finish to the regular season and hopefully, we can keep it going in the subsection. Our main phrase is, just play L/P basketball."
Rebels low seed
Southland (6-19) is the seventh seed in Section 2AA East and travels to third-seeded Byron (18-6) for Tuesday night’s tournament opener. The Rebels lost to the Bears in the quarterfinals of the subsection last year.
The Rebels finished the regular season on a five-game losing streak. The youthful Rebels have just one senior on the squad and have been held to 50 or fewer points in 15 games this season.
Junior guard Chris May leads the Rebels in scoring at 14.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Alan May also averages in double figures at 10.4 ppg, and sophomore guard Sam Noterman is at 7.6 ppg.
The Bears finished the regular season on a roll with six straight wins. They are led in scoring by junior guard Zach Southwick (13.9 ppg) and senior guard Angel Talamantes at just under 10 points per game.
After the opening round at the high seeds, the Section 2AA, East Subsection semifinals will be next Thursday night at Austin High School.