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VerSteeg’s big night not enough for Lakers

The Minnewaska boys’ basketball team got 25 points and nine rebounds from Austin VerSteeg but it wasn’t quite enough to hold off Benson in a 65-62 loss.

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Jayden Beecher added 10 points for the Lakers, while Thorin Erickson had eight. Beecher also added a team-high seven assists in the losing effort. The Lakers held a 37-32 lead at the break but were outscored by eight in the second half.

GAME STATISTICS MINNEWASKA 37 25 – 62

BENSON 32 33 – 65

MINNEWASKA – Derek Burd – 1 point; Riley Thompson – 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist; Matt McIver – 4 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 1 block; Austin Ostrander – 7 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; VerSteeg – 25 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 1 block; Beecher – 10 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal; Erickson – 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks; Alex Elwood – 2 rebounds

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