NEW ULM - New Ulm Cathedral had chances to upset St. Clair, but ended up watching them crumble.
The Greyhounds (1-6, 1-3 Tomahawk) yielded a 19-9 run to the Cyclones (5-2, 1-1 Valley) in losing 67-58 in a nonconference boy's basketball game on Monday night.
"They just brought more intensity at the end," said Cathedral junior Jacob Gangelhoff of the Cyclones. "We were more winded than they were, they had more fresh guys they were putting in. They were able to keep ahead of us that way."
Gangelhoff led all scorers after the first half with 12 points, but shot 2-of-8 from the field and 1-of-5 from the free-throw line in the second half to finish with a team-high 18.
"He's probably been our most consistent scorer throughout the year," said Cathedral coach Alan Woitas of Gangelhoff. "He did a nice job of attacking the basket the whole game, got to the free-throw line and created opportunities for other guys."
St. Clair's Ryan Kruse nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish off a 10-4 Cyclone run going into halftime to tie the game at 28-28. Cathedral had led 24-18 with seven minutes to go in the half, but a mass substitution that returned all five St. Clair starters to the game three minutes later provided fresher bodies in the winding minutes.
At the beginning of the second half, Cathedral kept chipping back despite two 3s from St. Clair's Brandon Goebel and buckets from Austin Nagel and Kalob Johannsen.
An ankle-breaking fakeout of Goebel by Brandon Beranek on the way to the basket gave Cathedral a 43-40 lead after storming back from a 38-32 deficit that saw momentum in St. Clair's favor.
Shortly after, Nagel was called for traveling after colliding with Collin Helget - a call that sent coach Charles Freitag and the rest of the St. Clair fans into a frenzy.
"It changed the momentum of the game a little bit," Woitas said. "Right or wrong call - anytime you can get a little energy on your side of things, you've got to use that and make the most of that and I think our kids did a nice job of that."
The Cyclones managed to regroup, however, to come away with the victory behind a game-high 22 points from Kruse. Helget had a double-double 11 points and 10 rebounds for Cathedral.
"It's definitely frustrating," Gangelhoff said. "We have a lot of potential on this team. Our plans is to get better each and every game."
Cathedral will have that chance at Sibley East at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
SC 28 39 - 67
NUC 28 30 - 58
SC: Ryan Kruse (22 pts, 7-14, 7-8 FT), Austin Nagel (11 pts, 4-9, 1-3 FT), Kenny Strobel (10 pts, 3-7, 2-2 FT), Brandon Goebel (9 pts, 3-9, 1-1 FT)
NUC: Jacob Gangelhoff (18 pts, 8-19, 1-5 FT), Michael Skillings (12 pts, 3-8, 4-5 FT), Collin Helget (11 pts, 4-7, 3-4 FT), Brandon Beranek (8 pts, 4-6).