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Mayo loses to another tough foe

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

OAKDALE — The powerful Rochester Mayo boys basketball team is on a two-game losing streak.

The positive, however, is that they haven’t lost to just anybody. Tuesday, the Spartans fell in overtime to No. 10 Class AAA ranked Mankato West. Friday night they fell 72-57 to No. 7 Class AAAA ranked Tartan.

This latest loss had more to do with Mayo foul trouble than anything else. Four Spartans drew their third foul in the first half, including stars Lucas Kuipers and Jordan Hicks. Kuipers and Hicks, who then each missed large chunks of the game, both wound up fouling out.

Mayo got off to a great start, building a 10-point lead. But then came the fouls.

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"The officials ma0de calls that were frustrating for our kids," Mayo coach Shaun Lang said. "But we have to adjust as a team."

Tartan got a huge game from 6-foot-3 junior point guard Mark Sonnen, with 31 points.

Hicks led Mayo with 17 points and seven rebounds. Kuipers had 11 points and seven rebounds, Hal Sundt had 10 points, and Garrett Benson had eight points.

LA CRESCENT 46, LOURDES 43

Lancers stay unbeaten

LA CRESCENT — Lourdes has had its hands full with a tough schedule of late. The Eagles had their toughest matchup yet on Friday, taking on powerful La Crescent.

The Eagles battled, but didn’t have quite enough to get past the Lancers, who are off to a 5-0 start.

"We competed hard," Lourdes coach Jim Daly said. "I’m happy with our effort. But we didn’t do quite enough to get the job done. La Crescent has a lot of athleticism."

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La Crescent was led by its star, 6-foot-3 guard Ian Anderson. The senior finished with 24 points. No other Lancer hit double figures.

Lourdes got 20 points from senior standout Tom Gores. Rob Poterucha added 11 and Tyler Greguson had eight.

Daly said a couple of bad stretches of play by his team did it in.

"We had one stretch where they outscored us 7-0," Daly said. "We had a couple of bad possessions. When you are going against teams as good as La Crescent, you can’t do that."

La Crescent won the game despite committing 19 turnovers.

Lourdes slipped to 4-3 overall.

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