New Ulm boys roll over Chargers

NEW ULM – New Ulm jumped to a 19-point halftime lead and used that to roll Dassel-Cokato 66-44 Tuesday in nonconference boy’s basketball.

Grant Kannegiesser paced the Eagles (2-4) with 18 points with Jarin Spence adding 10.

Dalton Asplin led the Chargers (0-4) with 12 points.

For the Eagles and head coach Steve Foley, the story of the game was the fast start and keeping the pedal to the metal in the second half.

“We came out and played well the first half,” Foley said.

And it was the first half that told the story of the game as the Eagles – backed by Kannegiesser’s 10 points and eight points off of the bench by Tanner Zupfer – moved New Ulm to a 19-15 lead before the Eagles ran off the final 15 points of the half.

Seven of the final 15 points came courtesy of Zupfer, who Foley said has come off of the bench and played steady all year.

Zupfer’s offense – two 3-pointers and a free throw – was sandwiched around hoops from Kannegiesser, Tanner Kluis and baskets off of Chargers turnovers by Matt Rowley and Spence.

The Eagles forced 16 Charger turnovers and scored 14 points off of them.

A basket from Tyler Dittrich, who had opened the game with a slam dunk for the first points of the game, gave New Ulm a 44-18 lead that increased to 59-38 on a conventional three-point play from Jackson Yackley.

A three-point play from Peder Johnson and two more Spence baskets saw New Ulm take their biggest lead at 66-40 with less than two minutes left in the game.

New Ulm hosts Hutchinson on Friday.

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