Wolverines shot down in second half

Published 12:41 am Saturday, January 28, 2012

Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune Derek Olson makes a pass to Trenton Thoms on Friday during the Glenville-Emmons game against Houston.

GLENVILLE — It was the end of a four-game winning streak for the Glenville-Emmons boys’ basketball team (9-5) as they took a loss to Houston (13-3) on Friday 34-25.

Houston had an 8-2 lead after the first three minutes of the game. After two baskets by the Wolverines’ Wyatt Madson and one by Derek Olson, the game was tied 8-8 with 13 minutes and 40 seconds remaining in the half.

Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune Trenton Thoms takes a shot at the basket on Friday. Thoms scored seven points for the Wolverines, had four rebounds and one steal.

Madson scored at 11:23 giving the Wolverines their first lead 10-8.

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The Hurricanes’ Mitchell Beckman and Troy Sires each scored with less than 11 minutes to go, taking back the lead 12-10.

The Wolverines took the lead 15-13 for the second time with just under three minutes remaining.

With a 3-pointer by Olson at the halftime buzzer, the Wolverines had gained a 20-14 lead.

“We dominated in the first half, we played as good as we possibly could defensively,” Wolverines coach Dan Fredrickson said. “Offensively, when they were playing man-to-man and their big guy got in foul trouble at nine minutes, we need to be able to pound the ball inside a bit more.”

Fredrickson said if they would have taken advantage of the foul trouble, they could have extended their lead, which would have made a huge difference in the second half.

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, just a minute into the second, the Hurricanes’ Tyler Peplinski made a 3-pointer which was followed by two more Hurricane baskets.

After free throws by Trenton Thoms at 12:49, Glenville-Emmons tied the game and took the lead for the third time.

Houston had a brief lead at 11:49 but the Wolverines came back one last time at 10:36 for a tie game of 24-24.

In the final seven minutes, Houston went on an eight-point run. Thoms scored on a free-throw at 1:23, but Houston scored the last two points of the game at 1:08 for their 11-point lead.

“It was just a rough, rough night shooting for us,” Fredrickson said. “Their 1-2-2 zone kept us out of rhythm and we settled for jump shots instead of being able to create our own shots and attack the basket.”


Glenville-Emmons stats: Derek Olson, 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Wyatt Madson 8 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist; Trenton Thoms 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Tyler Belshan 2 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 assists; Perry Kirsch 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Tommy Kirsch 1 rebound; Blake Lundmark 1 rebound.