Burro boys complete sweep of Cougars, swept by Hurricanes


RON MAYER/NEWS LEADER John Prestemon scores two Lanesboro points vs. Mabel-Canton.
By: 
S. Lee Epps

The Lanesboro boys suffered a second setback against Houston before completing a season sweep of Mabel-Canton. But the 72-63 road loss at Houston on Jan. 7 was closer than the previous 19-point home loss. And the 59-42 home win against the Cougars on Jan. 9 was far more competitive than the Burros' earlier 32-point rout.

The week concluded with a 65-40 home loss to a good 10-win Grand Meadow team.

Lanesboro dropped to 5-9 (2-7 SEC) with a 71-48 loss at Wabasha-Kellogg while this article was being written on Monday of this week. Complete coverage will be in next week's News Leader.

Houston 72, LHS 63

The Hurricanes ran their way to a win with a third of their points coming on fast breaks. Those transition layups were the difference as both teams battled on even terms while rebounding and taking care of the ball.

And both shot well from 3-point land. The Burros hit 10 of 30 trey attempts (33%) and Houston was 7 for 19 (37%).

It was a 43-to-43 rebounding stalemate, and turnovers were almost even — LHS 20, Houston 19.

With the Burros defending full-court, it was a fast-paced, up-and-down-the-court game that challenged ball-handlers.

Lanesboro did have an edge in offensive rebounds (20 to 13) and had a few more shots from the field (75 to 66), but 11 of those shots were blocked.

And with 11 fast-break lay-ups, the Hurricanes outshot LHS 48% to 34%.

After six lead changes, the Burros had six scoreless possessions while the 'Canes took a 31-21 lead on the way to a 35-28 halftime score.

"We played a good first half," said coach Matt Asleson. "Sawyer (Johnson) played really well, hitting some early shots and taking a big charge.

"We started the second half slow; some early turnovers and defensive lapses found us in a big hole again."

The second half began with two Lanesboro turnovers and two Houston baskets. The Hurricanes led 40-28, and the Burros would trail by double-digit margins until the final three and half minutes.

"Our pressure defense was able to force some turnovers and draw some charges, and we battled all the way back again. This team doesn't have any quit in them and that makes it fun. As soon as we can find a way to be more consistent, the wins will start coming. "

After trailing by 21 (58-37), Lanesboro battled back and was within seven points (70-63) with 2:30 on the clock.

The 'Canes left the door ajar while three times missing the front end of 1-and-1 free throw opportunities, but the Burros came up empty on their final five shots and had two late turnovers, one of which Houston took in for a transition lay-up.

Sawyer Johnson led LHS with 22 points and 8 rebounds. John Prestemon scored 13 points and rebounded 7 times.

"Sawyer was all over the place for us — one of his best games of the year," said Asleson. "John really played well in the second half, finding open teammates and forcing turnovers on the defensive side."  

Ben Eversole and J. T. Rein added 9 and 8 points, respectively — each with 5 boards.

Hayden Lawstuen and Ryan Holmen each scored 4 points and Bodin Mayer 3. Mayer also rebounded 5 times while Ben Snyder had 4 ricochets.

Six Hurricanes scored, but three did almost all of the damage. Caiden Danielson led Houston with 26 points while Mikkel Schutte put in 22 points and Alex Van Gundy 16.

Houston improved to 7-5 before closing the week at 8-6 with a 101-91 win versus LeRoy-Ostrander and a 112-81 loss to Lewiston-Altura.

The B team game went to Lanesboro 42-30. In junior high action, the Burros won 56-19, but the 'Canes took the seventh grade game 48-38.

LHS 59, Mabel-Canton 42

Lanesboro threatened to pull away in the first half but didn't until well into second half. The Mabel-Canton boys hit 45% of their shots in the first half but only 29% in the second half.

The Burros led only 40-36 and continued to score while the Cougars went 12 possessions while adding only two free throws.

Lanesboro then led by 15 points (53-38) and would go on to win by 17.

"We struggled shooting the ball," said Asleson. "But give Mabel-Canton and their staff a lot of credit. They have improved a lot since the first time we played them. We rebounded the ball extremely well and gave ourselves extra chances.  A good win for us in a tough stretch of games."

Lanesboro outshot the Cougars overall only 39% to 38%, but the Burros attempted 12 more shots from the field and seven more from the foul line. LHS hit 8 of 17 free throws (47%), M-C 5 of 10 (50%).

That disparity came with 13 more offensive rebounds and four fewer turnovers.

Neither team benefited much from afar with Lanesboro netting only 5 of 20 shots from 3-point range and Mabel-Canton only 3 of 15.

Prestemon led LHS in four statistical categories with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 assists with only 1 turnover.

"John led the attack for us all night," added his coach. "He was aggressive on both ends of the floor.

"Ryan Holmen and Bodin Mayer both played strong games in the post for us.   Ben Eversole was a spark plug again, drawing 2 charges for us."

Holmen added 11 points and 7 rebounds. There were 10 Burros in the scoring column with Johnson adding 8 points, Rein 6, Eversole 4, Snyder 4, Mayer 3, Wilson Storhoff 3, Carter Clarke 2 and Jake Gathje 2.

Mabel-Canton had quickly scored the game's first field goal, but the Burros scored 10 straight points while bolting away for an early 12-point lead (19-7). Lanesboro would never trail thereafter, but the Cougars soon answered with their own 10-point run.

LHS led 30-26 at halftime, but M-C opened second-half scoring to make it a two-point margin. The Burros would score the next six points but would not breathe easy until the Cougar scoring drought.

The Cougar-Burro B team game went to overtime for the second time this season — again a Cougar win, this time a 48-47.

Lanesboro took the eighth grade game 56-17, while the Cougar seventh graders won 47-28.

Grand Meadow 65, LHS 40

After trading early baskets, Grand Meadow took control with an 11-to-2 run for a 14-4 lead they would never relinquish. An ensuing 13-to-2 Superlark scoring streak made it 27-6 en route to a 35-16 halftime score.

The Burros competed on more even terms after the break, but were never able to get closer than 16 points before falling by 25.

GM junior Colt Landers, with four 3-pointers, poured in 22 points along with 9 rebounds. Ethan Lane added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

"Grand Meadow really came out strong," said Asleson. "Landers is one of the best players in our conference. He can hurt you from all over. 

"We made a switch to zone in the second half, and we played much better.   Playing our third game in four nights showed. We struggled shooting the 3 and couldn't get to the free throw line. But give the kids credit, they battled in the second half and played them pretty even."

Nine Burros scored with Rein and Johnson each putting in 7 points, Prestemon 6, Snyder 4, Holmen 4, Clarke 4, Eversole 3, Lawstuen 3 and Seth Semmen 2.

Prestemon passed out 6 assists and Gathje 2, each with no turnovers.

"Carter, Hayden and Seth came off the bench and played well for us on back to back nights," added Asleson.

The Larks shot a strong 36% from 3-point land (10 for 28), while the Burros hit only 3 of 19 treys (16%). Overall from the field, GM shot a good 46% to Lanesboro's 35%.

There were only 10 fouls called all game with Lanesboro attempting only one free throw (1 for 1) and Grand Meadow going 5 for 7 at the foul line.

Ball-handling was good with 10 turnovers for LHS and eight for the Larks. Grand Meadow earned a 36-to-27 rebounding advantage and improved to 10-4 on the season and remained a factor in the SEC West Division race at 6-2.

The Superlarks also won the B team game 41-32. Grand Meadow does not have an eighth grade team this year; the Burro seventh graders won 38-30.

This week and next

After Monday's non-conference road loss at W-K, the Burros ride the bus to Randolph on Friday, Jan. 17.

They head north again on Tuesday, Jan 21, to Rochester for the rematch against East Division leader Schaeffer Academy.

The boys are back home for back-to-back visits from Glenville-Emmons on Thursday, Jan. 23, and from Kingsland on Jan. 24.