Patriots struggle to end regular season
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball wrapped up the regular season with a 58-46 loss to the Minnewaska Lakers on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Glenwood.
It was the sixth straight loss for the Patriots, 11-14 overall and seeded third for the North Subsection 8AA playoffs. Pequot Lakes is scheduled to open the North Subsection 8AA quarterfinals hosting No. 6 Badger-Greenbush-Middle River at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26.
Hunter Larson and Connor Davich netted 12 points apiece for Pequot Lakes.
Minnewaska 19 39 - 58
Pequot Lakes 34 12 - 46
Michael Gruber 8, Riley Thompson 12, Justin Amundson 4, Matt McIver 6, Greg Helander 4, Austin VerSteeg 20, Brandon French 4. FT 12-18 (67 percent).
Jack Kreitz 4, Hunter Larson 12, CJ Borleis 8, Brandon Hehir 5, Connor Davich 12, Henry Liedl 3, Zach Sjoblad 2. FT 8-11 (73 percent).
Staples-Motley 77, Patriots 68
Andrew Israelson scored 25 points and the Cardinals made 10 3-point baskets in a Mid-State Conference win at the Pequot Lakes Athletic Center on Friday, Feb. 20.
Brandon Hehir had a career-high 18 points and Jack Kreitz added 15 for the Patriots, who finish 4-6 in the Mid-State Conference. The Cardinals end 6-4 in conference action.
Blake Connell added 15 points, John Lund scored 14, Zack Hofmann 11 and Nathan Schimpp 10 for the Cardinals, who sweep Pequot Lakes this season.
S-M assumed a 10-2 lead early as three of their first four baskets were 3-pointers. They would add four more 3-points in the first half for a comfortable 44-27 advantage. The Patriots rallied with 41 points in the second half, but they had dug too deep of a hole.
Pequot Lakes did reduce the deficit to 73-63 in the final minute after a pair of 3-pointers by Hehir. Then Connor Davich connected on a 3-pointer to make it 76-68 before the Patriots ran out of time.
Staples-Motley 44 33 - 77
Pequot Lakes 27 41 - 68
Gavin Smith 2, Blake Connell 15, Zack Hofmann 11, Nathan Schimpp 10, Andrew Israelson 25, John Lund 14. FT 13-19 (68 percent).
Jack Kreitz 15, Hunter Larson 9, Josh Buell 6, CJ Borleis 5, Brandon Hehir 18, Eric Elverum 6, Connor Davich 7, Henry Liedl 2. FT 11-17 (65 percent).