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Area Boys' Basketball: Lake City stays undefeated in conference play

Goodhue's Luke Wallaker (51) attempts a layup over a Lake City defender on Jan. 10. Martin Schlegel / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Lake City's Reid Gastner (34) shoots a 3-pointer from the corner during the Tigers' game on Jan. 10. Martin Schlegel / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Goodhue boys' basketball team lost a tight battle with Wabasha-Kellogg, 41-40, on Friday.

At the half, Goodhue trailed 18-15. The two teams stepped it offensively in the second half, but Goodhue fell just short.

Dawson Evenson led the Wildcats with nine points and Luke Wallaker added eight points.

Goodhue fell to 4-10 overall.

Rochester Lourdes 70, Cannon Falls 59

The Cannon Falls boys' basketball team fell 70-59 to Rochester Lourdes on Friday.

Luke Sjoquist the led the Bombers offense with 23 points, while sinking four 3-pointers. Isaac Illa had 13 points and Drew Otte added 12 points.

Cannon Falls fell to 8-6 overall.

Other Area Scores:

Randolph 51, Lyle-Pacelli 30

Thursday

Coming off an impressive comeback against Stewartville, Lake City grabbed an early lead and never relinquished it. Fifth-ranked Lake City downed Goodhue 58-33 in boys' basketball action on Thursday.

The Tigers were able to pull ahead and stay ahead thanks to the sharp shooting of junior Reid Gastner.

"(Reid) carried us," said Lake City head coach Greg Berge. "(Nathan Heise) didn't have his best first half. We needed to get the ball inside a little bit more and we did that in second half then the three's start dropping."

Gastner led the Tigers at the half with 11 points, while hitting three 3-pointers. His 11 points were big as Heise went scoreless in the first half. Many of Gastner's shots came on wide-open looks and he appreciates when his teammates found him alone for a shot. By game's end, he finished 6 of 8 from behind the arc.

"Feels pretty good when you have your shot down," Gastner said. "You still want to look for your teammates and play like you usually do."

Gastner finished with a season-high 22 points. While carrying the load offensively, he stayed true to his game and was unselfish with the ball as he led the Tigers with six assists.

Heise found his scoring touch in the second half, with at least four of his 15 points coming via an easy layup off a steal.

As for the rest of the Tigers, Josh Matanich was kept mostly quiet in the paint by Goodhue's swarming defense. Throughout the first half, Matanich was double-teamed when he had possession of the ball. At one point, Matanich looked as if he was being guarded by the entire Wildcats defense.

Matanich found Gastner for a few of his 3-pointers, but Berge said he'd like the team to be more assertive down low as the season rolls on.

"At times we were a little hesitant and they were able to come down and double," Berge said. "In the end, we were able to work it inside-out."

Gastner said the team was much improved defensively, especially after Tuesday's game against Stewartville. Goodhue's Sam Opsahl was the only Wildcat in double-digits with 11 points.

"That's what we like to pride ourselves on," Gastner said, "because we have the potential to be a really elite defensive team. Last game against Stewartville it kind of got out of hand, but this game we came back and held them."

With the win, Lake City improved to 11-2 overall, while Goodhue fell to 4-9 overall.

"Whenever you play Goodhue, they play a style of game that you have to grind it out," Berge said. "I thought we played pretty good defense overall, we only gave up 33 points. Offensively we did some great things, but we were a little sloppy at times too. In the end we were able to pull away with a nice win."

Other Thursday Area Scores:

Randolph 83, LeRoy-Ostrander 46

Bethlehem Academy 60, Kenyon-Wanamingo 33

Tuesday

Trailing by 20 points, Lake City pulled off a 75-65 comeback win over Stewartville on Tuesday.

The Tigers found themselves down at the half 39-22 and forged ahead with a 53-point second half.

Nathan Heise, who scored 20 points in the second half, bucketed a team-high 27 points for the Tigers. Reid Gastner scored 15 points in the second half and finished the game with 20.

Heise and Gastner combined for 11 assists and eight steals. Josh Matanich added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Cannon Falls 55, Goodhue 40

The Cannon Falls boys' took down Goodhue on Tuesday, 55-40.

Isaac Illa scored a game-high 16 points for the Bombers, while Luke Sjoquist had 14 points and Rhett Schaeffer added 10 points.

Sam Opsahl led the Wildcats with 12 points, and Jacob Christensen tallied eight points.

Cannon Falls improved to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in the Hiawatha Valley League.

Other Tuesday Area Scores:

Zumbrota-Mazeppa 71, Kenyon-Wanamingo 47

Randolph 86, Glenville-Emmons 33

Kasson-Mantorville 45, Pine Island 41

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