Tuesday's Rochester boys basketball roundup

After a disappointing loss on Friday night the Rochester Lourdes boys basketball team righted its ship with a dominating win over Stewartville at Alumni Hall.

Lourdes rode 57 percent shooting to a 71-39 Hiawatha Valley League rout of the Tigers. Friday, Lourdes fell for just the second time in HVL play, losing to Byron.

The Eagles remain tied for first with Byron in the HVL Gold Division, both at 11-2 in the league.

Lourdes (14-7 overall) was led by senior point guard Dan Lose in beating Stewartville (8-5, 13-7). Lose scored a game-high 24 points. Rob Poterucha added 11 points and 10 rebounds, Aaron Ruff had nine points and Dan Timmons had seven points.

Lourdes outrebounded Stewartville 32-15.


The Eagles grabbed a convincing 32-18 halftime lead.

"We shot the ball well and attacked Stewartville’s zone really well the first 10 minutes of the game," Lourdes coach Jim Daly said. "Our kids did a great job of hitting the gaps in that zone. We had a little more concentration tonight and our execution was really good."

Stewartville got nine points each from Tom Gisler and Dan Smelter.


Sixth straight win

FARIBAULT — Rochester Mayo continued its strong play with a over Faribault.

The Spartans (13-8 overall) have now won six straight games.

"They’ve been coming in with a lot of energy," Spartans coach Shaun Lang said.


Lucas Kuipers led Mayo with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Hicks had 17 points and five rebounds while Andrew Valen chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Mayo lead 35-26 at the half before holding the Falcons to 14 second-half points.

"On the road we played great defense after halftime," Lang said. "That was the big difference."

Lang said the Spartans were able to stop Faribault’s inside dribble penetration in the second half. Mayo held Faribault scoreless for a five-minute stretch in the half.

"I felt we didn’t give any good looks at the basket," Lang said.

Mayo made 23 of 49 shots from the floor (46 percent) and 14 of 23 free throws. The Spartans controlled the boards 40-29.

Josh Sjodin led the Falcons with 12 points. Faribault made just 15 of 55 shots (27 percent) and was 7-for-12 at the line.

Mayo (10-4 Big Nine) will play host to once-beaten and state-ranked Owatonna at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.



Panthers’ finish electrifying

Two steals and two shots by Rochester Century in the final seven seconds of the game weren’t quite enough to catch Mankato West. The Scarlets won 41-40.

With sevens seconds left, Century’s Marcus Allen made a steal and fed Matt Diedrick for a layup to cut West’s lead to two points. Then, after a timeout, the Panthers’ Jeremy Rattle got off a 3-point shot, but it didn’t fall.

Century coach Joe Ohm, however, was impressed with the team’s effort. "Our kids are playing good basketball here at the end of the year," he said.

The defensive effort in the first half against West was particularly good. The Panthers and the Scarlets battled to a 10-10 tie. Both teams played primarily half-court offense during the half. Neither team took a free throw during that time period.

For the game, Century held West to 32 percent shooting, while hitting 41 percent themselves.

Scarlets guard Bryce Brunz made the difference at the finish. He scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, including 7 of 7 free throws late in the game.

Marcus Allen led Century in scoring with 18 points, and he grabbed eight rebounds. Rattle finished with 10 points, and Grant Ignatius had 10. Diedrick also dished five assists.

Century got just six free throws in the game, making four. West made 10 of 15.

Century hosts Albert Lea on Friday.

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