By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - It's called taking over a game.
Brandon Polesky scored the final 14 points of the game to lead the Sleepy Eye to a 52-48 win against New Ulm Cathedral in Tomahawk Conference boy's basketball on Friday night.
Polesky finished his night's work with a game-high 32 points.
Jack Schwartz paced Cathedral (7-14, 3-10 Tomahawk) with 14 points. Collin Helget added 12.
"This was a tough loss for us," said Cathedral coach Alan Woitas, who saw his team see its two-game winning streak snapped. "We had been playing real well the last couple of weeks. The kids competed tonight but we did not make enough shots to win."
The Greyhounds led Sleepy Eye 41-36 before Lane Trebesch sank two free throws to cut the lead to three with 5:43 left in the game.
Enter 6-foot-2 Polesky, who hit a jumper then sank two free throws followed by a drive to the basket for a 44-41 Indians' lead.
Polesky and Helget exchanged baskets to tie the game at 46-46. That was when Polesky outscored Cathedral 6-2 to secure the win.
"I was lucky to get the ball at the end and make some crucial free throws," said Polesky, who scored 22 of his points in the second half. "My teammates did a good job on defense - this was a nice team win."
Both the Indians and the Greyhounds could not shake each other for most of the game. Cathedral took its biggest lead of the game at 22-13, spurred by a Schwartz's 3-pointer coupled with a basket from James Herzog.
However, the Indians (6-15, 3-10) cut the lead to 22-20 on baskets from Isaiah Krumbach, Juan Montemayer and Polesky.
Michael Skillings' 3-pointer opened up the second half to lift Cathedral to a 25-20 lead. But that was the biggest lead that either team would have in the second half as they tied twice before the Greyhounds held another five-point lead at 41-36 before Polesky and the Indians began their late run.
"They are a real scrappy team," said Sleepy Eye coach Brian Polesky. "We did not get many open looks in the first half but we did a better job of getting to the basket and the free-throw line in the second half."