NEW ULM - The New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds boys basketball team decided to hold a board meeting during its game against the Madelia Blackhawks Tuesday night.
In a meeting where both teams entered the contest with 2-14 records, it was the Greyhounds' ability to outrebound the Blackhawks 17-1 on the offensive boards that helped Cathedral win a 39-38 nail-biter.
Overall, the Greyhounds were able to out-rebound Madelia 31-12, and their second half defense and protection of the ball was more important than offensive firepower.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Madelia’s Kyle Schultz (12) takes a shot over New Ulm Cathedral’s Jake Stadick during the second half Tuesday at CHS.
"The second half we came out and played really hard," Greyhounds coach Paul Hazuka said. "We tried to pick up the tempo with the press and that seemed to turn the tide."
"We just couldn't rebound in the second half," Blackhawks coach Bill Klusmeier said. "Then we missed a couple of layups at the end of the game and that was it."
David Streit and Jack Bergeman both had 3-point shots that got Madelia off to a quick 8-4 lead, but a couple of three-point plays from Michael Skillings and Jeff Osborne later gave the Greyhounds a 12-8 lead.
Another 3 by Bergeman made it a 14-14 tie, the first of four ties before the half ended with the Blackhawks up 22-20. While neither squad had much luck in the first half with inside shots, Cathedral also hurt itself with nine turnovers.
That changed in the second half. After two more ties at 22-22 and 25-25, it appeared the press the Greyhounds came out with was having an effect on Madelia's rhythm. A long jumper by Jacob Gangelhoff opened a 31-26 Cathedral lead, with five points the largest lead for either team.
A Mike Sorenson 3-pointer put the Blackhawks back in the mix, cutting the Greyhounds' margin to 33-31. Cathedral continued to cling to the lead, though, with a Brandon Beranek bucket on his own offensive rebound giving the Greyhounds a 39-34 margin with 3:30 left in the game.
Madelia scored the next four points, and with less than a minute to play, the Blackhawks were down 39-38. Madelia missed a layup with 56 seconds on the clock, but the Greyhounds then missed a free throw. After a Madelia timeout, the Blackhawks lofted a shot inside that missed with eight seconds left and they immediately fouled Cathedral.
But the Greyhounds again missed from the free throw line and with two seconds left, Madelia took a desperation 3-point shot that missed, giving Cathedral its third win of the year.
The Greyhounds had three players with eight points, with Osborne leading the rebounding class with nine. Beranek and Gangelhoff each had five boards.
Cathedral travels to play Sleepy Eye at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.