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Published 9:30 am Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Glenville-Emmons junior Gavin Allison has his sights set on the hoop Tuesday as he's surrounded by Alden-Conger defenders. Allison scored 11 points on the night. --Heather Rule/Albert Lea Tribune

ALDEN — The visiting Glenville-Emmons boys’ basketball team defeated Alden-Conger 56-53 in a nail-biter on Tuesday.

“It was anyone’s game until the end,” Alden-Conger head coach Bill Hintz said.

It was an evenly-matched contest between the two teams, as evidenced by 14 lead changes. The game began basket-for-basket, with neither team surrendering the lead for long.

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Both sides traded runs as well. The Knights put up nine unanswered points in the first half to build a six-point lead, but the Wolverines regrouped with a timeout and came back to tie the game at 21.

The halftime score left Glenville-Emmons holding a three-point lead, just as it was at the end of the game.

The Knights scored a quick basket in the first minute of the second half. But a scoring drought hit the floor for both teams, until the Knights scored again four minutes later.

Alden-Conger senior Jordan Johnson dribbles toward the basket while Glenville-Emmons defenders come to try and stop him. Johnson finished Tuesday’s game with nine points.

Part of the cold shooting can be attributed to Glenville-Emmons’ defense. The Wolverines changed their defense in the second half and made some key stops, according to Glenville-Emmons coach Jared Matson.

“Give Alden credit, they were attacking the basket hard,” Matson said.

Leads were traded again before Alden-Conger went on an 8-0 run.

“We started moving the ball, just trying to get open,” Hintz said.

As the minutes ticked down, however, Glenville-Emmons’ senior guard Derek Olson completed a 3-point play, scored a layup and drained a shot from beyond the arc to extend his team’s lead. Junior guard Gavin Allison also scored a 3-pointer during that stretch for the Wolverines.

With just a few minutes left, the Wolverines led 55-47, but Alden-Conger narrowed the gap with free throws.

The Knights had one last chance to tie the game with 8.9 seconds remaining after a missed Glenville-Emmons free throw. The Knights brought the ball down the court and took a shot from underneath the hoop, but it didn’t go. Cue the buzzer.

“We wanted a 3-point shot,” Hintz said. “It just didn’t work out.”

One of the differences in the game in Hintz’s eyes were the shots from close range that his team wasn’t able to finish.

“There were a lot of them,” Hintz said.

“We just got lazy. We slowed down. We didn’t move.”

Still, Hintz said his team played hard. He also said the Knights played well defensively.

Junior guard Matt Erickson led the Knights with a double-double. He earned a 13 points and a team-high 17 rebounds.

For Glenville-Emmons, Olson had a typical game with a team-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers.

“He’s usually right around four-to-six 3’s a game,” Matson said.

Since every team knows they need to stop Olson, Matson said, the Wolverines need to find other guys to help with scoring as well. Matson was pleased with the way Allison played. He was second on the team with 11 points.

“He was really aggressive tonight,” Matson said.

With the win, the Wolverines are on a two-game winning streak. They have won three of the last four and are 4-13 overall this season.

“We’re hitting our stride right now,” Matson said. “The guys, they’re bringing energy every night. We started off slow, but now things are starting to click offensively and defensively, and it’s starting to show on the court.”

The Knights fell to 2-15 overall with the loss.

Both teams are back in action Friday. Glenville-Emmons hosts Lanesboro for a 7:15 p.m. tipoff in conference play. Alden-Conger will travel to Maple River for a conference game at 7:30 p.m.


Glenville-Emmons 56, Alden-Conger 53

Glenville-Emmons 29 27 — 56

Alden-Conger 26 27 — 53

G-E stats: Derek Olson 25 points, Gavin Allison 11 points, Blake Lundmark 8 points, Nick Anderson 6 points, Andrew Everson 3 points, Christian Voss 3 points.

A-C stats: Matt Erickson 13 points, 17 rebounds; Dom Ofsdahl 10 points; Jordan Johnson 9 points; Zach Behrens 8 points; Jacob Wallin 6 points; Eli Hallman 4 points; Tommy Geesman 3 points.