Card boys' basketball: Alexandria topples St. Cloud Apollo, falls to New Prague in overtime
The Cardinal boys’ basketball team got its second Central Lakes Conference win of the season and inched closer toward the .500 mark with a 55-49 win at St. Cloud Apollo last Thursday night.
Alexandria used a second-half run to take control of the game before holding on down the stretch. The Cardinals outscored the Eagles 35-24 after the break after trailing by five at halftime.
Isaac Rakke had a team-leading 16 points for the Eagles but no other player scored in double figures. The Cardinals had a nice inside-outside game with Logan Doyle and John Vogeler.
Both players scored 20 points. Doyle hit 7-of-12 shots and 6-of-8 free throws, while also dominating the glass with 18 rebounds. Vogeler hit all three of Alexandria’s threes on the night and also went 5-of-7 from inside the arc. That was enough to help the Cardinals move to 5-6 overall.
“This was a great team win for our guys, beating Apollo on their home court,” head coach Forrest Witt said. “With the exception of a couple possessions, we defended the arc very well. That was a huge key entering this game because Apollo can be very dangerous with their three-point shooting. We dominated the glass, only allowing Apollo one look at the basket, but giving ourselves second opportunities.”
ALEXANDRIA 20 35 – 55
APOLLO 25 24 – 49
ALEXANDRIA – Jordan Smith – 6 points, 3 assists, 1 steal; Austin Storm – 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Vogeler – 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals; Tanner Rice – 1 point, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Doyle – 20 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block; Ted Dietz – 1 point; AJ Anderson – 6 points, 2 assists, 1 steal
APOLLO – Rakke – 16; Hussein Abdul – 6; Grant Trokey – 3; Reid Evans – 5; Brett Maslonskowski – 4; John Peter – 6; Trevor Tesch – 2; Roma Pugachenko – 7
NEW PRAGUE 60, ALEXANDRIA 54
The Cardinals fell in overtime to New Prague Saturday, taking an early 10-point lead, but dropping 60-54.
“We started the game with great energy and execution on both ends of the floor,” said head coach Forrest Witt. “The Trojans would make their own run around the 10-minute mark to cut into the Cardinal lead.
“The Cards fell a little stagnate on the offensive end of the floor in the last 10 minutes of the half, but were able to hold a three-point lead at the break.”
In the second hallf, the lead changed hands several times, with Alexandria missing a field goal in the waning moments of regulation to send the game to overtime, before New Prague came away with the win.