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Hayfield pushes past Lourdes (slide show)

Hayfield pushes past Lourdes (slide show)
Lourdes Sean Griffin drives around and under and through the Hayfield defense for a lay up during first half action Friday night December 9, 2011 at Lourdes Alumni Hall.

It was a showdown game — albeit an early one — Friday night at Alumni Hall.

And it was Hayfield emerging as the winner. The Vikings used a big three-pointer by sophomore guard Trevor Anderson in the final 20 seconds of regulation, then two free throws by him seconds later as they beat Rochester Lourdes 62-57 in Hiawatha Valley League boys basketball.

Both teams are considered early-season favorites to finish high in the HVL standings.

Lourdes reached the state Class AA final game last year, though it graduated all of its starters from that team. Hayfield had one of the top young teams in the HVL last year and finished 17-11 overall.

The win upped the Vikings' record to 2-0 overall, while Lourdes is 2-1.

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"Give (Hayfield) credit, they've got a nice team," Lourdes coach Jim Daly said. "We talked about how we didn't want to let their 'big three' of (Cole) Kruger, (Bobbie) Stephens and (Brady) Kramer beat us. We did all right against them, but we weren't counting on Anderson scoring 13 points.

"But that's what makes them so good. They are very balanced."

Lourdes didn't do itself any favors in a few categories. It shot just 7-for-17 from the free-throw line, 4-for-16 from three-point distance, and also were without the services of 6-foot-6 center Jacob Schaefer for much of the first half as he got into foul trouble.

Hayfield was 12-for-19 from the line and 6-for-15 on three-pointers.

"Despite all that, we were in the game," Daly said. "We competed hard. The trouble was our youth and inexperience really showed at times tonight."

Hayfield wound up with three players hitting double-figures in scoring, with Kruger netting 17 points, Drew Streightiff 13 and Anderson 13. Bobbie Stephens was just off that pace with nine points.

Lourdes was led by senior guard Sean Griffin with 20 points. Schaefer had 15 and Mark Pagel 14.

Hayfield 62, Lourdes 57

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HAYFIELD (62)

Cole Kruger 17, Jason Born 0, Logan Adams 0, Bobbie Stephens 9, Trevor Anderson 13, Sam Freiheit 0, Dillon Wagner 0, Matt Bergstad 0, Tyler Oakland 0, Brady Stevens 8, Caleb Gilbertson 0, Drew Streightiff 13, Brady Kramer 2.

LOURDES (57)

James Randle 0, John Bigler 0, Sean Griffin 20, Michael Dearani 0, Alex Glynn 4, Derek Weinshenk 0, Michael Brandt 0, Jacob Schaefer 15, Ethan Plager 0, Mark Pagel 14, Kyle Kapraun 2, Jordan Lemanski 0, Andre Stewart 0, Christopher Kehoe 2, Dan Sloan 0.

Halftime: LOUR 27, HAY 27.

Free throws: HAY 12-19, LOUR 7-17.

Three-point goals: HAY 6 (Anderson 3, B. Stephens 3) LOUR 4 (Pagel 2, Griffin 1, Glenn 1).

 

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