JV boys’ basketball team avenges loss to East, wins two in Blue Earth tourney

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Last week was a busy one for the Albert Lea junior varsity boys’ basketball team.

The JV Tigers started Thursday with a tough Mankato East team coming to town.

The Tigers avenged an earlier loss this season by pulling out a 62-60 victory in overtime. The Tigers were led in scoring by Corey Dieser with 17 points, including five in overtime, and Brock Sorenson with 13.

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On Saturday the Tigers traveled to play in the Blue Earth Invitational.

The Tigers played a scrappy Fairmont team

in the opener, prevailing 61-49. According to coach Max Jeffrey, the Tiger defense in the second half shut down Fairmont.

&uot;After being down three points at halftime, our defense clamped down and we outscored them 30-15 in the second half,&uot; said Jeffrey.

Leading the defensive effort were Ryan Truesdell, Preston Dahl, and Wade Kolling. Conner Keyeski led the Tigers with 20 points, including four three-pointers.

In the second game the Tigers defeated Blue Earth 64-55. The Tigers continued their hot shooting by making seven three-point shots.

&uot;We shot the ball well, here is no doubt about that,&uot; said Jeffrey. &uot;Give credit to Trent Miller for hauling down some big rebounds and the post play of Zach Marty and Travis Klatt.&uot;

The Tigers had three players in double figures with Sorenson scoring 19, Keyeski 17, and Marty 11.

The JV Tigers take their 5-1 record to Rochester Mayo this Thursday. Game time is 6 p.m. at Mayo High School.