Knights gather momentum

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 18, 2001

ALDEN – The Alden-Conger boys’ basketball team is on a roll.

Thursday, January 18, 2001

ALDEN – The Alden-Conger boys’ basketball team is on a roll.

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And just in time.

The Knights meet Bethlehem Academy Friday at Faribault, a place veteran coach Paul Ragatz has yet to win.

The Knights won for the third time in a row Tuesday, beating Medford 79-36 in a conference game at Alden.

&uot;It was a big win,&uot; said Ragatz. &uot;Because it gives us some confidence for Friday heading into Faribault.&uot;

On Tuesday, the Knights took an early lead and never looked back. It was 25-4, 46-15 and 65-20 at the quarter breaks.

&uot;Our guys certainly played well – and unselfish,&uot; said Ragatz.

Several Knights posted some very impressive numbers.

Derek Thorson had 23 points, eight rebounds, six steals and four assists, Paul Scrabeck 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, Aaron Evenson 17 points and three steals. Point guard Brad Boettcher totaled 11 assists and 10 steals.

The Knights made four of 12 on three-pointers and 30 of 66 overall from the floor while going 11-for-17 on free throws. They had 47 rebounds, 24 steals, 21 assists, 10 blocked shots and 11 turnovers.

A night earlier, the Knights led from start to finish in beating Blooming Prairie 60-53 at Alden.

That was a key win, according to Ragatz, because Blooming Prairie defeated Bethlehem Academy about a week earlier.

Thorson had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Evenson 24 points and eight rebounds. Scrabeck had three dunks while totaling eight points, 13 rebounds, five blocked shots and three assists.

&uot;It was a real strong offensive showing and a big conference win,&uot; said Ragatz.

The Knights take a record of 3-2 in the conference and 7-4 overall into Friday’s game at Bethlehem Academy.