NEW ULM - After three frustrating losses, the New Ulm Cathedral boys basketball team found a way to win.
A 16-1 run by the Greyhounds that went from late in the first half to early in the second half gave Cathedral its first lead. After the run, the Greyhounds held onto the lead the rest of the game as they came away with a 62-56 win over Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart Friday night in Tomahawk Conference basketball.
Jake Stadick led Cathedral (1-3, 1-2) with 14 points, with Jacob Gangelhoff adding 13.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Jeff Osborne (10) takes a shot over Tyler Pagenkopf (3) of Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart during the second half Friday at CHS.
Tate Lange paced the Mustangs (2-2, 1-2) with 17 points.
"The kids went up against a bigger team tonight," Greyhounds head coach Paul Hazuka said. "But we really exhibited some good patience on offense and some good decision-making on offense. That allowed us to get some better shots and some made shots."
That patience and shot-selection saw Cathedral shake off its last two poor-shooting games with an 18-for-35 performance from the floor, including making 11-of-19 shots from the floor in the second half.
Early in the game it looked like the Mustangs were going to keep the Greyhounds winless.
A conventional three-point play from BLHS' Mason Clark moved the Mustangs to a comfortable 28-15 lead with 2:15 left in the first half.
Michael Larson canned back-to-back 3s to cut the lead to 28-21. More important, it sparked the Greyhounds' offense as they ran off a 10-1 run before halftime to cut the lead to 29-25.
"He (Larson) has the ability to do that," Hazuka said. "We have to have that from him, and the other guys seemed confident to make their shots."
That momentum carried over to the second half as Stadick made consecutive baskets and Jeff Osborne converted a Mustangs turnover into a basket for a 31-29 Greyhound lead.
It was their first lead of the game.
Two free throws from BLHS' Tyler Pagenkopf temporarily stopped the Cathedral run.
Baskets from Brandon Beranek, Stadick and Osborne lifted the Greyhounds to a 47-31 lead with 13:21 left in the game.
"Him (Larson) making his shots does help everyone else out, and I think that it also helped our defense," Hazuka said.
Free throws by BLHS helped the Mustangs cut the lead to 44-39, but two Stadick baskets and a Jacob Gangelhoff hoop moved Cathedral to a 50-39 lead.
BLHS got as close as 52-46 with about three minutes remaining in the game, but clutch free throws from the Greyhounds late sealed the game as Cathedral scored its final 10 points from the free throw line.
"We made those free throws at the right time," Hazuka said. "I think that we learned a lot from this game."
Cathedral (1-3) will play at St. Clair on Monday.