NEW ULM - At the time, a dreary first half of shooting did not appear to bode well for New Ulm Cathedral.
However, the Greyhounds overcame a four-point halftime deficit against Truman/Martin Luther and finished the game on a 14-0 run to win 56-43 in a nonconference boy's basketball game on Thursday night.
"I thought being down four at halftime was actually pretty good seeing how we shot in the first half," said Cathedral coach Alan Woitas. "The second half we changed up a few things, but we just made more shots."
Cathedral (7-13, 3-9 Tomahawk) shot 8-for-28 in the first half, including 1-for-11 from 3-point range. Sophomore Jack Schwartz scored the team's only 3-pointer of the half.
"Once you get into a cold streak, it sometimes gets in your head," said junior Michael Skillings, who was 0-for-4 from 3-point range in the first half. "You've just got to shove that out and that's what we did at halftime. We were told we've got to come out hot if we want to win this game."
Skillings, who said a lot of his game is predicated on 3-point shooting, drilled his first 3 of the game to give Cathedral a 22-21 early in the second half.
The Bluejays (9-12, 5-5 Valley) battled the Greyhounds, led by two baskets by Sam Geistfeld and a 3-pointer by Adam Neumann. Geistfeld was held to just four points in the second half after scoring a team-high 11 in the first to finish with 15.
Three-straight points from Jackson Maloney off the bench gave the Bluejays a 33-29 lead, but a basket by Collin Helget and another 3 from Skillings gave the Greyhounds a 34-33 lead with 9:15 to go. A gliding layup from Jacob Gangelhoff gave Cathedral a 36-33 lead to cap off a 7-0 run and force T/ML coach Brian Borkenhagen to call a timeout.
Two 3s from Colton Greiner capped off a 7-2 run by Truman/Martin Luther to give it a 41-38 lead.
However, Truman/Martin Luther had only rotated one player off the bench and at this point, its lack of depth began to show.
Cathedral rotated two players off the bench, which went a long way in the final stretch.
"Everybody contributed in a big way, but we were able to keep people fresh," Woitas said. "Guys by this time of the year, too, are able to play a few more minutes because they're a little more conditioned."
A putback by Maloney gave the Bluejays a 43-42 lead, but the Greyhounds took advantage of their fatigue by scoring 14 unanswered points to seal the win.
Gangelhoff led the Greyhounds with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, scoring 11 in the second half. Helget complemented Gangelhoff with 16 points after scoring 12 in the second half.
Cathedral returns to conference play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, when it hosts Sleepy Eye.
Truman/Martin Luther 21 22 - 43
New Ulm Cathedral 17 39 - 56
TRUMAN/MARTIN LUTHER (43)
Greiner 4-15 0-0 10, Geistfeld 6-11 1-3 15, Ad Neumann 2-10 0-0 5, Aa Neumann 0-2 0-2 0, Weiderhoeft 0-1 0-0 0, Maloney 6-9, 1-2 13.
NEW ULM CATHEDRAL (56)
Franta 2-5 3-4 7, Skillings 2-8 0-0 6, Gangelhoff 7-11 7-13 21, Helget 7-14 2-8 16, Schwartz 2-9 1-2 6, Herzog 0-3 0-0 0, Guggisberg 0-3 0-0 0.