Knights win big over MVL
NEW ULM – Coming off their win against Sleepy Eye, the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers were faced up against another Sleepy Eye team.
This time it was the Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Knights – and the Chargers didn’t stand a chance.
St. Mary’s scored 67 first-half points – 21 from Kansas Adams – as the Knights wiped out the Chargers 102-58 in Tomahawk Conference basketball Monday night.
Adams ended up with 24 points after limited playing time in the second half and the same went for Sean Mathiowetz as he scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half.
David Surprenant added 17 points and John Brandl chipped in nine points while leading the team with four steals.
“It was just one of those starts where every once in awhile you run into a game like that,” St. Mary’s head coach Tim Milliard said. “They didn’t get off to a very good start – we started out pretty well. It isn’t like we shot exceptionally well from the 3-point line, but our transition game was really strong. I thought we got a lot of easy buckets in transition.”
Easy buckets were exactly what St. Mary’s was getting.
The Chargers were struggling on both ends of the floor and every error that they committed, St. Mary’s was rumbling down the floor to capitalize.
Mathiowetz and Adams each canned two 3-pointers in the first half.
St. Mary’s held a 67-30 lead at halftime.
The Knights came out just as hot in the second half as they increased the lead to 90-45 with a 3-pointer from Surprenant with 9:40 left in the game.
Surprenant ended up hitting three straight 3-pointers and a layup as he scored 11 straight points for his team, putting the Knights up 98-50 with 7:40 remaining.
The running-clock mercy rule started after Surprenant’s final bucket and the Chargers outscored the Knights 8-4 during that time.
Chad Lease was the leading scorer for MVL with 13 points and Seth Kroells had 10.
The Chargers (3-16) will be back in action tonight against Redwood Valley for the third game of a four-game home-stand.
St. Mary’s (14-3) will also play tonight as the Knights will try to extend their win streak to nine games when they host Mountain Lake Area.