Cardinals take down conference BB leaders
The Staples Motley boys basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the Mid State Conference by beating Detroit Lakes 71-62 on Jan. 8. The Cardinals ran their record to 8-4, as DL, Crosby-Ironton and Staples Motley all have one conference loss.
Both teams started the game shooting well, with Trey Skeesick scoring four inside baskets. The Cardinals stayed hot as their defense started shutting down DL.
“Our guys played a great team defensive game and we outworked them in a number of areas,” said Coach Micheal Poncelet.
John Lund made three 3-point shots as Staples Motley took a 10 point lead midway through the half. Gavin Smith increased that lead to 16, at 34-18, after a driving basket, a three point play and a three point shot.
But DL came back in the second half, cutting the lead to four in the last five minutes. It took a team effort to keep the lead, as Andrew Israelson, Connor Schmitz, Skeesick and Smith all made big shots at the end of the game.
“Our guys have embraced their roles and and everyone is performing at a really high level,” said Poncelet, “we are finishing when we get to the basket and our free throw shooting has improved drastically.”
Poncelet said “It was nice to get that conference win but these guys now have the mindset of ‘whats next,’ so after they got off the floor and back into the locker room their mind had already turned to Pequot Lakes,” (a game played Jan. 12).
The Cardinals also have two games with Crosby-Ironton remaining this season.
Staples Motley 71, Detroit Lakes 62
Scoring: Gavin Smith 23, Trey Skeesick 20, John Lund 10, Andrew Israelson 10, Connor Schmitz 6