Burros hit FTs, top G-E 46-41

Published 11:23 pm Friday, February 11, 2011

Glenville-Emmons’ Landon Hall (31) dribbles the ball Friday during the final minutes of a 46-41 loss to Lanesboro in Glenville. Hall had seven points and six assists in the loss. -- Andrew Dyrdal

GLENVILLE — Trailing 38-37 with 2 1/2 minutes left Friday, the Glenville-Emmons boys’ basketball team had a shot in the lane to pull ahead of the Lanesboro Burros.

It missed and the Burros (16-5, 12-3 Southeast) made six consecutive free throws to pull away and win 46-41.

Down 44-37, Andrew Lau was fouled after pulling down a defensive rebound and made both free throws on a 1-and-1.

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The Burros’ Lucas Johnson then made the backside of two free throws before the Wolverines’ (16-3, 12-2) Tyler Woodside made a layup to pull within 45-41 with 18 seconds left but it wasn’t enough as Lau fouled out on the next possession and Cory Strom made a free throw to make the final score 46-41.

Wolverines head coach Dan Fredrickson was pleased with his team’s defense as they held the Burros to their second-lowest points total of season. Offensively, however, the Wolverines were unable to take advantage.

“We came down and didn’t recognize what a great shot was,” Fredrickson said. “It came down to poor offensive execution and that’s the coach’s responsibility.”

The Wolverines and Burros played back-and-forth for most of the game.

The Burros led 10-5 early before the Wolverines went on an 11-5 run to take a 16-15 lead off a Wyatt Madson layup.

Andrew Lau knocked down a 3-pointer for three of his game-high 20 points to pull the Wolverines ahead 21-18 with just under four minutes left in the first half, before the Burros went on an 8-3 run to close the half and led 26-24 at the break.

After starting the season 16-1 the Wolverines have now lost two straight including a loss Tuesday at Lake Mills, Iowa.

Fredrickson said Friday’s loss stings more because it was at home.

“It’s disappointing because it’s in our gym in front of our fans,” he said.

The loss pulls the Wolverines even atop the Southeast Conference with Houston, a team they beat 62-50 on Jan. 21 in Glenville. Since that loss, Houston (15-4, 11-2) has won six of seven and hosts the Wolverines on Feb. 18, likely for the conference championship.

“We’re playing for something bigger,” Fredrickson said. “As long as we take care of our body of work we’re conference champs.”

In addition to his 20 points, Lau led the Wolverines with nine rebounds. Landon Hall had six points and six assists and Wyatt Madson had six points and six rebounds.

The Wolverines struggled Friday involving the team’s second-leading scorer Tyler Woodside in their offense. He had just two points with six rebounds and four blocks.

“We’ve got to be able to get Woodside the ball,” Fredrickson said.

Peter Hansen, the Wolverine’s leading scorer this season until an injury on Dec. 14 sidelined his most of the season, will return to practice Tuesday and plans on playing at Houston.

The Wolverines play again at 7:15 p.m. Monday against Mabel-Canton (6-13, 6-7) in Glenville.