Kingsland boys break streak with win vs. Houston

Brady Musel takes a shot for the Knights underneath the basket vs. Southland. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Kingsland boys dropped their third game in a row, 65-44 to the Trojans on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The offense got going in a big way at home Friday against Houston, with the Knights pulling out a 72-64 win against the Hurricanes.

The Knights are 3-4 overall, 3-2 in the Southeast Conference.

Close for a half at R-P

The road game at Rushford-Peterson was close at halftime (R-P up 29-26). However, the home team wore down the Knights with a ball-control, patient style of offense that wound up making the difference in the contest. The Trojans doubled up Kingsland (36-18) in the second half and went on to win the game by 21 points.

The Knights entered the season looking to consistently get at least three players in double figures on a nightly basis. The Knights hit that mark against the Trojans but didn’t get much else in the way of point production. Wyatt Pruter led the team with 13 points (three of seven on threes) while grabbing four rebounds and one steal. Zach Hauser chipped in 11 points and Lucas Howard added 10 (team-high four assists). While the three combined for 34 points, the rest of the team could only muster 10 more.

Luke O’Hare led the Trojans with 17 points and Kobe Lind scored 14 points. The Trojans were solid from the field, hitting 25 of their 56 attempts (44%) while the Knights struggled from the field. Kingsland dropped in 17 of 54 shots (31%). The Knights actually scored more points outside the arc (nine for 27 on threes, 27 points) than they did on two-point shots (eight of 29, 16 points).

Neither team scored a lot of points at the free throw line as Kingsland was six for six while the Knights were just one for two.

The Knights also couldn’t keep up on the glass as Rushford-Peterson held a 41-18 rebound advantage. Kingsland pulled down eight offensive rebounds to 15 for R-P. Kruegel tied Pruter for the team-lead by grabbing four rebounds.

Both teams took good care of the basketball. The Knights only had five turnovers to nine for the Trojans.

Offense revived vs. Houston

The offense that went quiet in the second half against Rushford-Peterson got going again on Friday night After scoring 44 during the loss to Rushford-Peterson, the Knights almost equaled that mark in the first half against Houston, leading 40-31 at the break. The second half was even closer, with the Hurricanes holding one-point (33-32) second-half edge before the Knights held on for an eight-point win.

For the first time this season, Pruter didn’t lead the team in scoring. He didn’t have to, as Hauser was eight of 11 (six of eight on threes) from the field and led the team with 22 points (six rebounds, four assists). Kruegel was equally efficient, netting 18 points (six of six on free throws), completing a double-double with 13 rebounds (team-best five assists).

The Knights’ second-win included rebounding. After finishing with only 18 rebounds on Tuesday night, Kingsland hit the glass hard, pulling down 45 rebounds, including a fantastic 20 on the offensive end of the floor. Reed Merkel had six rebounds, with Pruter and Howard each getting four.

Defensively, the Knights hit double figures in steals (10) while committing 16 turnovers against the Hurricanes’ defense.


The Knights played former Three Rivers Conference opponent Southland at home in Spring Valley on Thursday night, Dec. 27. They did a quick turnaround by playing Houston again the following night, this time on the road. Results weren’t available prior to press time as the Tribune had another early deadline due to the holidays. Kingsland will take a couple days off for the new year before heading to Goodhue on Thursday night, Jan. 3.