Building a 15-point lead at the half on the road against Class A’s top-ranked team, the Minnewaska boys basketball team had to know its opponent was geared to make a charge.
BOLD (19-1) made several runs in the second half to make things interesting. But after every surge, the Lakers (13-6) had an answer.
Shooting 68 percent from the field, Minnewaska handed the Warriors their first loss of the 2019-20 campaign after a 78-66 result Thursday from BOLD Elementary School.
Holding the hosts 14 points below their season average point total, the Lakers have now earned a split against their West Central Conference foes in each of the last five years.
Minnewaska enjoyed a 39-24 advantage at the end of the first half. But less than five minutes into the second half, BOLD cut its deficit to single digits.
After a jump shot from senior guard Gavin Vosika rattled in, the Warriors trailed 48-41. Often, the home team full-court trapped in hopes of gaining a turnover. However, the Lakers rarely had trouble breaking it. The visitors responded with a 7-0 run to make it 57-43 following a basket inside by junior forward Sam Hested.
Minnewaska did turn the ball over in the half-court, though. Two Warriors’ takeaways highlighted an 8-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from senior guard Matt Moorse.
Three times, BOLD trimmed the Minnewaska cushion to five. With 2 minutes, 35 seconds remaining, Vosika faked a hand-off and banked in a lay-up to cut the Minnewaska lead to 68-63. But, that was as close as the hosts would get.
Lakers junior forward Aaron Van Steeg drained three of four attempts from the foul line before junior forward Luke Barkeim drew a charge with 1:39 left in the paint on a Vosika drive to seal the victory.
Four players scored in double figures for the road team. On 9-for-13 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the line, junior guard Peyton Johnsrud paced his team with a game-high 28 points. Senior guard Grant Jensen had 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor.
Each going 4-of-6 on their field goal attempts, Ver Steeg and Barkeim had 15 and 12 points, respectively. Ver Steeg also had a game-high 15 rebounds.
Senior guard Jordan Sagedahl led the Warriors with 24 points and four steals. Junior guard Drew Sagedahl had 18 points, four rebounds and seven assists. Vosika and Moorse chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Minnewaska (13-6) 39 39 — 78
BOLD (19-1) 24 42 — 66
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Peyton Johnsrud 28, Grant Jensen 16, Sam Hested 3, Drew Nelson 2, Aaron Ver Steeg 15, Luke Barkeim 12, Brady Hoffman 2 … 3-point shots: Johnsrud 3, Ver Steeg 1 … Rebound leader: Ver Steeg 15 … Assist leader: Jensen 3 … Steal leader: Barkeim 2 ... Block leader: Three with 1
BOLD - Scoring: Drew Sagedahl 18, Gavin Vosika 14, Jordan Sagedahl 24, Matt Moorse 10 … 3-point shots: D. Sagedahl 3, J. Sagedahl 1, Moorse 2 … Rebound leader: D. Sagedahl 4 … Assist leader: D. Sagedahl 7, Vosika 5 … Steal leader: J. Sagedahl 4 ... Block leader: None