Knights clobber CHS

NEW ULM – Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s canned 12 of 27 shots from 3-point range and forced 21 New Ulm Cathedral turnovers as the Knights ran by the Greyhounds 82-56 Friday night in Tomahawk Conference boy’s basketball.

Jared Rothmeier paced the Knights (7-3, 4-2 Tomahawk) with a game-high 25 points, with 18 of them coming on 3-pointers. Mike Hirsch added 23 points.

Collin Helget led Cathedral (4-8, 2-4 Tomahawk) with 16 points.

For the Knights and coach Tim Milliard, it was a case of getting an early lead and making Cathedral play St. Mary’s style.

“When we get a lead it to our advantage because we are more up-tempo” he said. “And we are comfortable with that pace of a game. I was pleased with the play of our defense (the 21 turnovers resulted in 27 St. Mary’s points) and we shot the ball well from the perimeter.”

Cathedral coach Alan Woitas said the Knights got a lead early and took advantage of that.

“They made a lot of 3s and we got down early,” Woitas said. “Our kids played hard – we missed some shots that we typically make and their lead just continued to grow. It is a tough thing to be a player in a game where the other team just keeps making shots. And they (St. Mary’s) have the capability to do that. They have five guys who can shoot the ball.”

The Knights built a 21-8 lead at the 11:35 mark of the first half using an 8-0 run. Baskets off of Cathedral turnovers from Rothmeier and Hirsch sparked the run.

Three straight 3-pointers from Hirsch moved the Knights into a comfortable 32-17 lead at the 5:17 mark before the Knights went inside for baskets from John Brandl and Nick DeMaris.

“We feel that if you are going to play man-to-man against us then you are going to decide what you are going to do,” Milliard said. “If you are going to come out and guard us on the 3-point line then we will try and take it to the basket.

St. Mary’s increased its 44-27 halftime lead to 58-29 thanks to three turnovers.

“We had too many turnovers,” Woitas said. “The up-tempo game does not bother us. We can play that way but we do not want to get into a high possession game. We have guys who can handle the ball.”

An 11-0 run by St. Mary’s increased the lead to 69-34 before a basket from Payton Adams made it 77-39.

“I think that our guys were tired tonight,” Woitas said. “But they shot the ball extremely well. Tip your hats to St. Mary’s. They played well tonight.”

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