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Chaska runs over New Ulm boys

December 19, 2012
Jim Bastian - Journal Sports Writer ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - In New Ulm High School's last home boy's basketball game, they allowed 84 points but still won.

This time, the Eagles were not so fortunate.

Chaska forced 20 first-half turnovers as the Hawks ran by a tired New Ulm team 90-54 Tuesday night in non-conference basketball.

Gavin Bjorklund led Chaska (4-4) with 19 points. Jacob Hansen added 14, Eric West 12 and Peyton Sanders 11.

Sam Miller paced the Eagles (2-6) with 14 points with Jackson Yackley adding 12.

"It looked like we were a little tired tonight," New Ulm coach Steve Foley said. "We played three games last week within six days and it looked like we were just tired. But they are a good team - they get up and down the court. They are quick, athletic and deep."

New Ulm stayed close at 16-11 on two Tanner Kluis free throws.

But the Hawks' Noah Thompson hit a seemingly innocent basket, Thompson's hoop sparked a 10-0 spurt by Chaska with four consecutive New Ulm turnovers resulting in Hawks' points.

The 28-11 lead ballooned to 36-12 before a Chris Mulder 3 and an Isaiah Johnson basket temporarily slowed the Hawks.

But three more turnovers resulted in points and a 44-18 Chaska lead with just over three minutes left in the first half.

Chaska kept up the pressure on the Eagles in the second half taking leads of 70-31 and later 86-48 with just over five minutes left in the game.

"We did not look like we came ready to play tonight," Foley said. "We played with them for the first four or five minutes before things started snowballing and they hit three's. They hit shots like that and gained confidence.

"This is a game that we throw away," he said. "Each team gets one stinker a year and this is one we chalk up to that."



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