Basketball: Scoreless stretches cost MinnewaskaThe Lakers couldn't rally in losses to Morris or Sauk Centre
By: Lori Mork, Alexandria Echo Press
Despite a 20-point, six-steal game from senior Austin Lieser, Minnewaska couldn’t hold off the Morris/Chokio-Alberta Tigers Friday night, suffering their first loss of the season in a 60-48 West Central Conference contest.
The Lakers went cold early in the first half, allowing the Tigers to go on a 16-0 scoring run to negate an early Minnewaska lead.
The Lakers, however, rallied back before the half to trail by just five at the break.
Unfortunately, cold shooting plagued them once again to start the second half as they scored just three points from the free throw line in more than nine and a half minutes, again allowing the Tigers to extend their lead to double digits.
Austin Dierks led the MACA Tigers with 22 points and 15 rebounds, many times keeping the Lakers to just one shot.
Minnewaska earned nearly half of its points from the free throw line, hitting 22-of-26 from the charity stripe, helping to counter the 25 percent field goal shooting.
Austin Giese joined Lieser in double figures as he finished the night with 12, nine of those from the free throw line.
The Lakers are scheduled to host Melrose on Friday night. They were at Sauk Centre last night, Tuesday.
STREETERS STOP LAKERS
Minnewaska dropped to 2-2 on the season with a 70-58 loss to Sauk Centre Tuesday night as the Mainstreeters outscored the Lakers by seven in the second half to stretch their five-point lead to a 12-point victory.
It was a close contest early on with the teams tied at 15, but Sauk Centre took advantage of a scoring drought by the Lakers to take a 12-point lead in the first half.
Minnewaska rallied back to cut their deficit to five at the half, but the Mainstreeters again cruised ahead, increasing their lead to 15 in the second half before the Lakers chipped it back to 12.
Three Lakers hit double figures in the loss as Austin Lieser led with 16, Austin Ostrander 14 and Jake Amundson 11.
Nick Adams scored 21 points for the Mainstreeters and Patrick Knoblach added 20.
SAUK CENTRE 70, MINNEWASKA 58
MINNEWASKA 32 26 — 58
SAUK CENTRE 37 33 — 70
MINNEWASKA – Austin Lieser 16, Jake Amundson 11, Austin Giese 3, Tyler Nielsen 2, Austin Ostrander 14, Isaiah Adams 7, Kenny Diaz, Jayden Beecher 2. Field goals 19-60, 3-pt 8-15 (Lieser 2, Amundson 3, Ostrander 2, Diaz 1), Free throws 19-25, Rebounds 38 (Lieser 11, Ostrander 13), Assists 14 (Giese 6), Steals 5 (Amundson 2), Blocked shots 2 (Lieser 2), Fouls 16.
SAUK CENTRE – Nick Adams 21, Patrick Knoblauch 20, Josh Buschette 11, Seth Otte 5, Casey Weber 4, Austin Landkammer 4, Adam Jensen 3, Dylan Kohorst 2. Field goals 29-65, 3-pt 4-16, Free throws 8-21, Rebounds 28, Fouls 17.
MORRIS/CA 60, MINNEWASKA 48
MORRIS/CA 28 32 — 60
MINNEWASKA 23 25 — 48
MORRIS/CA – Field goals 24-49, 3-pt 3-11, Free throws 9-16, Rebounds 35, Fouls 18.
MINNEWASKA – Derek Burd 3, Austin Lieser 20, Austin Giese 12, Austin Ostrander 3, Jayden Beecher 3, Isaiah Adams 7. Field goals 11-44, 3-pt 4-18 (Burd 1, Lieser 1, Giese 1, Ostrander 1), Free throws 22-26, Rebounds 18 (Lieser 5, Ostrander 5), Fouls 19, Assists 7 (Beecher 3, Burd 1, Amundson 1, Giese 1, Ostrander 1), Steals (7 (Lieser 6, Ostrander 1), Blocked shots 1 (Lieser 1).