M-C boys fall to Southland, rebound with wins at G-E, Schaeffer

Mabel-Canton’s Dylan Loppnow fights to get the ball out from under the basket against Glenville-Emmons defenders last Thursday night. Loppnow had an impressive game, leading the team with 23 points. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and had four blocked shots. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS LEADER

Ryan Kuhn takes to the air to score two points against Glenville-Emmons last Thursday night. The Cougars won 73-63. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS LEADER
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The Mabel-Canton boys basketball team ended calendar year 2018 with a loss at Southland by a score of 74-60 on Dec. 28. At the other end of the spectrum, the new year brought two-straight wins to open 2019. The Cougar offense got going in a win over Glenville-Emmons 73-63 on Thursday, Jan. 4, in Mabel. They ended the week with a Friday night road win at Schaeffer Academy in Rochester 46-42, in a game that saw M-C outscore Schaeffer 18-7 at the free throw line. The Cougars closed the week 5-5 overall (2-2 SEC).

Lost to Southland 74-60

The Rebels (2-7) broke the non-conference game open in the second half. After leading Mabel-Canton by only three points (37-34) at the break, Southland outscored M-C by 11 points (37-26) in the second half to pull out the 14-point win.

The Cougars struggled with consistency, hitting only 22 of 63 shots (35%). 19 of those 22 field goals came inside the three-point line. M-C had a good chance to produce points at the free throw line but went 13 for 31 at the stripe (42%).

Dylan Loppnow continued to lead the way offensively, scoring 18 points while completing a double-double with 14 rebounds. He also led the team with four of its six blocked shots.

Drew Wyffels added 13 points while completing a double-double of his own with 10 rebounds. Wyffels also led the team with four steals and three assists. Ryan Kuhn added 11 points and four rebounds.

One thing the Cougars have done well in recent weeks is grabbing rebounds. They pulled down a combined 42 rebounds against Southland. Blake Henry contributed four rebounds while scoring eight points. The Cougars finished with six blocked shots and eight steals (Henry, Kuhn with three each).

They did commit 17 turnovers against the Southland defense.

Beat G-E 73-63

The Cougars beat the Wolverines (0-8, 0-5) in a non-conference contest, the first of their two meetings this season. Mabel-Canton really picked up the pace offensively compared to their loss at Southland, hitting 25 of 61 shots (41%). The Cougars also spent a lot of time at the free throw line, hitting 19 of their 40 attempts against G-E (48%).

M-C led 43-22 at halftime. G-E outscored the Cougars 41-30 in the second half, but M-C still won the game by 10 points.

Loppnow had another double-double, leading the team with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Wyffels was next with 17 points and a team-leading five assists. Parker Ingvalson was close to double figures, netting eight points and getting six rebounds.

Point guard Dawson Dahlum of G-E was a one-man wrecking crew for the Wolverines, leading all scorers with 34 points on seven of 18 shooting (four three-point baskets), just missing a double-double while grabbing eight rebounds. The rest of the team struggled, combining to go 14 of 49 (29%). G-E hit 29 of 44 free throw attempts. Combine that with the 40 Mabel-Canton free throws and you have a basketball game that didn’t have a lot of flow and took a while to complete.

Mabel-Canton won the rebounding battle 49-39. Brayden Gjere contributed seven rebounds and Kuhn added six. The Cougars gave themselves a lot of second-chance scoring opportunities by getting 18 offensive rebounds.

The Cougars were solid defensively, getting 10 blocked shots against the Wolverines. They also finished with 17 steals (Loppnow six, Wyffels five) to just seven for G-E. The Cougars had 16 assists to just seven for Glenville-Emmons.

Beat SA 46-42

The Cougars made a Friday night trip to Rochester for a conference game at Schaeffer Academy (6-7, 2-4 SEC), coming away with a four-point win in a game that saw neither team’s offense clicking. It has been 10 years since the Cougar boys had won a game with as few as 46 points.

M-C led 26-16 at halftime and had to hold off a second-half comeback as the Lions outscored the Cougars 26-20 after the break.

A big difference in the game came at the free throw line. While M-C didn’t shoot well, they did more than double the Schaeffer point production at the line, getting 18 points (in 33 attempts, 54%) to just seven (in 13 attempts) for the Lions.

Schaeffer held a nine-point advantage outside the arc, hitting five three-point shots (15 points) to just two for MC (six points).

Wyffels stepped up to lead the team’s offense by scoring 22 points. Loppnow added 10 points, and Ingvalson chipped in seven points. Isaiah Lahr led Schaeffer with 16 points, including two three-point baskets.


The Cougars begin the week with a road test at Lewiston-Altura as the News Leader was going to press on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The first of a three-game home stand is tonight (Thursday, Jan. 10) when M-C plays host to Kingsland (7-5, 4-2 SEC).

Next Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Cougars play Houston for the second time this season. Mabel-Canton won the first matchup in Houston 61-55 in early December and will play the rematch at home next week.