NEW ULM - It was a roller coaster ride for the Minnesota Valley Lutheran boys basketball team on Tuesday evening, ending in a 79-54 loss at the hands of St. Clair.
Trailing by 16 points midway through the first half, the Chargers were able to cut the lead to eight points at 40-32 at halftime.
Using that late first half run as momentum, the Chargers cut the lead to four points at 43-39.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Nick Dewanz (40) drives to the basket after getting past a St. Clair defender during the second half Tuesday at MVL.
"We had good effort and better positions and we also didn't turn the ball over much," MVL coach Craig Morgan said.
That was as close as the Chargers would get.
St. Clair dominated the remainder of the game as MVL coughed up the basketball too often in the second half. St. Clair junior Ryan Kruse carried St. Clair for most of the night, and he almost single-handedly put the Chargers away.
"We threw the ball away more," Morgan said. "We need to take the care of the ball and we didn't. We also didn't defend number 25 (Kruse) very well."
Kruse scored 21 of his game-high 36 points in the second half as St. Clair went on to defeat MVL.
Nick Dewanz played a solid game for MVL, bruising his way down low to a team-high 16 points and a bunch of tough rebounds.
"Nick has worked on his game a lot individually, and this is an effort that we need night in and night out," Morgan said.
MVL drops to 0-3 on the young season and will host Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart on Friday.