Tigers fall to Rockets
Published 10:10 pm Friday, December 4, 2015
In its second consecutive game against an opponent ranked in the state polls, the Albert Lea boys’ basketball team was unable to come back from a 33-point halftime deficit.
Jake Kilby led the Tigers with 21 points and five steals, but No. 7 (AAAA) Rochester John Marshall cruised to an 82-48 win Friday at Albert Lea.
“We came out and played as hard as we possibly could play,” said Tigers coach Stan Thompson. “We just had a lot of high-percentage shots that didn’t go in. That was the best team I’ve seen in the Big Nine since I’ve been coaching.”
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Albert Lea’s leading scorer from last season, Dedoch Chan, transferred to Rochester John Marshall but did not play Friday. Chan averaged 21.9 points per game last year.
Jake Thompson posted a team-high five assists for the Tigers to go with 11 points, three rebounds and three steals.
Denzel Acha added seven points and four rebounds.
After falling 79-66 against Rochester Mayo in the season opener, Albert Lea (0-3, 0-3 Big Nine) is in the midst of three straight games against ranked opponents.
The Tigers fell 77-59 Tuesday at No. 2 (AAA) Northfield and will play at No. 8 (AAA) Red Wing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Mankato East is the fourth team in the Big Nine Conference that is listed in the state polls. The Cougars began the season 2-0 but lost by 19 points to John Marshall and are coming off a 74-73 home loss Friday against Winona (1-1, 1-1 Big Nine).