Mankato West proves to be too much for New Ulm

By Jim Bastian

Journal Sports Writer

NEW ULM – Mankato West forced 32 New Ulm turnovers and scored 32 points off of them as it won 83-39 in nonconference boy’s basketball on Monday night.

Jake Dale led the Scarlets (10-4) with 16 points and Brandon Meyers scored 14.

Grant Kannegiesser led New Ulm (2-14) with 13 points.

“They are a Big Nine team – they play real physical and that gave us fits,” New Ulm coach Steve Foley said. “It was a physical game inside. It is tough for us to match that physical style of play.”

It was also a tough game for the Eagles in terms of ball possession.

New Ulm held a 6-2 lead thanks to two baskets from Kannegiesser and another from Jarin Spence.

But West went on a 19-4 run to assume a 21-10 lead, which expanded to a 33-14 cushion as New Ulm turned the ball over 13 times in the first seven minutes of the game.

Sixteen of the Scarlet points in that span came off Eagles’ turnovers.

“They came out and pressed us, we knew that they were going to press us,” Foley said. “We did a nice job against the press. They took it off and we got in the halfcourt offense. We got impatient and a little helter-skelter and started to throw the ball around. It is tough to win games when you have those turnovers.”

West built a 52-27 halftime lead before scoring the first 18 points of the second half to take a comfortable 70-27 lead. Two free throws from Matt Rowley ended the Scarlet run at the 12:11 mark of the second half.

Again, turnovers were a thorn in the Eagles’ side.

“You give a team 20 more shots because of the turnovers and take away those shots from us,” Foley said. “I told the kids that I thought we did a nice job on the boards. We matched them there.”

New Ulm ran off its biggest scoring spurt of the game after Rowley’s two free throws. Tyler Dittrich followed with a 3-pointer before Nate Glaubitz canned a jumper for a 7-0 Eagles run.

The loss was New Ulm’s 10th-straight and the Eagles hope to end that skid Thursday when they host St. Peter.

Foley knows that coming out at home and playing solid all-around is key.

“We played Blue Earth [Area] last Friday and it was a close game,” Foley said. “The kids have been working hard and I love their effort. I wish that our record would reflect their effort. It would be great to get a win.”

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