Cold shooting dooms Eagles in loss

NEW ULM – The floor of the basketball court was more like a frozen tundra for the New Ulm Eagles boys basketball team Tuesday night.

The Eagles shooting was colder than a popsicle in their matchup against the Norwood-Young America Raiders, resulting in a 86-54 loss that drops New Ulm to 5-13.

Eagles coach Steve Foley saw something else that didn’t match up well with the Raiders.

“They played a more uptempo game than we did,” Foley said. “We didn’t bring the same intensity they did. They came ready to play and we didn’t.”

It became apparent early on that this game would be a shootout. The trouble for New Ulm was an inability to hit any shots, open or not, inside or not, while NYA had a whole lineup of sharpshooters who rarely missed from anywhere on the court.

The Raiders took a 7-0 lead to their first double-digit lead, 18-7, with 9:21 left in the first half. New Ulm’s Jackson Yackley cut it to 18-10 before NYA’s Tom Messner went bombs away.

Up 22-10, Messner launched four consecutive 3-point shots. With only a Grant Kannegiesser bucket sandwiched in between them for the Eagles, the Raiders suddenly bumped their lead to 34-15.

While Isaiah Johnson did score five in a row to cut the margin to 39-22 after a 3-pointer, NYA outscored New Ulm down the stretch 8-2 to take a 47-24 lead at halftime.

The second half went no better for the Eagles. While the Raiders let up on the rocket launches, they still outscored New Ulm 20-8 in the early going to open their margin to an insurmountable 67-32 lead three quarters through the contest. From that point, it was small consolation that the Eagles outscored NYA 22-19.

Messner led all scorers with 23, with three more Raiders reaching double figures. Yackley was the only New Ulm player to hit double figures with 17.

New Ulm will host South Central Conference rival Waseca at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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