Kingsland boys win only conference game last week


CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Brady Musel goes up for two Kingsland points in front of a Wabasha-Kellogg defender.
By: 
Chad Smith

The Kingsland boys basketball team took one of their three games last week, starting the week with a 61-26 win over Glenville-Emmons in Spring Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 7, sweeping the two-game, regular-season series.

A slow first half turned out to be the difference in a home-court loss to Wabasha-Kellogg, 61-42 on Friday, Jan. 10, before hosting Hayfield in a second-straight non-conference game and falling 79-63 the next day. The Knights are 5-9 overall, 2-5 in the Southeast Conference.

Offense, defense clicks

The Knights were clicking on both ends of the floor in the 61-26 win over G-E. The Kingsland defense held the struggling Wolverines to 11 points in the first half and 15 after the break. The Knights led 29-11 when the halftime horn sounded, and then outscored G-E in the second half 32-15 to pull out a Southeast Conference win.

Walker Erdman led all scorers in the game by posting a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds (5 offensive). He also had a team-high three steals while adding two assists and one blocked shot. Brady Musel nearly joined him in the double-double club, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while leading the team with five blocks. Zach Hauser added seven points and four rebounds, while Reed Merkel added six points and 10 boards.

Kingsland made 24 of 62 shots (38%) against Glenville-Emmons. The Knights were 15 of 36 (41%, 30 points) from two-point range and hit nine of their 26 shots (34%, 27 points) outside the arc. They didn’t have (or need) a lot of extra opportunities at the free-throw line, hitting four of seven attempts. The offense finished with 15 assists, led by four from Merkel, while five other players finished with two assists each.

The Knights did an effective job on the glass, pulling down a combined total of 45 rebounds, including 18 on the offensive end. Luke Howard contributed eight rebounds to go with five points.

The Kingsland defense came up with eight steals, getting two each from Hauser and William Jahn. The Knights only turned the ball over against the Wolverines’ defense 10 times in the game.

Slow start vs. W-K

A slow first half on the offensive end of the floor turned out to be the difference in the non-conference loss to the Falcons that kicked off five-straight games in Spring Valley. The Knights could only come up with 14 points in the first half while W-K tallied up 34. The second half was much more competitive as Kingsland outscored the Falcons 28-27, but couldn’t overcome that large halftime deficit.

Kingsland struggled all night on offense. The Knights ran their offense well and generated 62 shots, but just 14 of them went through the basket (22%). Inside the arc, Kingsland made nine of 36 (25%) two-point shots, while knocking down just five of 26 (19%) outside the three-point line. They didn’t generate a lot of extra opportunities at the free-throw line, but the team did make nine of 13 tries (69%).

Luke Howard was the top scorer for Kingsland with 13 points (2 of 5 on three-pointers) while leading the team in rebounds (7) and steals (4). Musel was the only other Kingsland player in double figures with 10 points and led the team with two blocked shots. Erdman, who has been the team’s top scorer recently, had a quiet night with five points but he did come up with two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

The Knights’ offense generated 11 assists, including two each from Luke Howard and Musel.

On the glass, Kingsland grabbed a total of 34 missed shots, including 15 on the offensive end of the floor. Ten Knights contributed to the rebounding total, with Merkel grabbing six boards, while Kaden Rath, Hauser, Nathan Lund, and Musel each had four rebounds.

The Knights’ defense had a combined total of five blocked shots and eight steals.

Saturday loss to Hayfield

The Knights ended the week with another non-conference game at home, this time against the Hayfield Vikings on Saturday night. The first half would turn out to be the difference in the ballgame. The Vikings shot well, finishing with 43 points when the halftime buzzer sounded, up by 14 points (43-29) against the Knights. After the break, Kingsland played much better at both ends of the floor, outscoring the Vikings 34-33, but was unable to overcome the large deficit.

The Knights had four players wind up in double figures against Hayfield, starting with Luke Howard’s 14 points (3 of 5 on three-pointers). Musel and Erdman each added 11 points, while Merkel chipped in 10 points. The offense came up with nine assists, which included three each from Erdman and Hauser.

The team hit 23 of its 65 shots (35%) in the game but had most of its success on the inside. The Knights took advantage of size in the post to make 18 of 47 (38%) from two-point range. Kingsland had a chance to make it a little bit closer final score at the free-throw line, making 12 of 18 attempts (66%).

They grabbed 30 rebounds, 11 on the offensive end. Hauser was the top Knight on the glass with eight rebounds, Musel added seven, and Merkel pulled down five missed shots.

The defense came up with 13 steals, which included a team-best four by Jahn. Howard added three thefts. Musel led Kingsland with three of its four blocked shots.

Schedule

The week kicks off with a home game against Randolph on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and the Knights will be looking to split the regular-season series after dropping a 79-43 decision back on Dec. 6. The Rockets recently lost their unbeaten status in the SEC after dropping a home game against Lyle/Pacelli 81-75. The Knights host Houston on Friday, Jan. 17, their only matchup with the Hurricanes. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Kingsland will host LeRoy-Ostrander, its second matchup with the Cardinals after losing a tight first game, 65-59, on Dec. 10.