Cathedral crushes GFW in boys’ basketball

New Ulm Cathedral’s Jon Zinniel takes a jump shot during the first half of the Greyhounds’ win against Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Tuesday at CHS. For more photos of this event go to

NEW ULM — At the 11:53 mark of the first half, GFW’s David Herrera canned a jumper that pulled the Thunderbirds to within 8-7 of the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds.

But that was the closest the Thunderbirds would come to Cathedral the rest of the game.

The Greyhounds went on a 28-2 run the rest of the first half and built a 35-9 halftime lead and downed the Thunderbirds 77-25 Tuesday in a Tomahawk Conference boys’ basketball game.

Alex Hillesheim led Cathedral (2-0) with 15 points. Nate Hauser added 14.

Tyson Kask led GFW (0-1) with six points.

“At the beginning of the game we did not play well offensively,” Cathedral coach Alan Woitas said. “We missed some shots but those guys really locked up defensively and kept ourselves in the game early on. And our defense translated to offense tonight which was nice to see.”

That defense forced 10 GFW turnovers in the first 13 minutes of the game. Cathedral quickly expanded that slim 1-point lead into a 14-0 run that forced GFW coach Jon DeRock to call a timeout.

After the timeout, GFW’s Kyle Huiras hit a bucket.

But those were the last points for GFW in the first half as Cathedral scored the final 13 points of the half.

Hauser collected six of his points in that span with Hillesheim adding five.

Cathedral started the second half like it ended the first half.

Cathedral outscored GFW 20-2 to take a commanding 55-11 lead off of a Hillesheim drive.

That lead grew to 70-19 on a 3-pointer from Jaydan Hotovec with less than six minutes left in the game.

“Our ball-pressure was tremendous most of the night,” Woitas said as Cathedral forced 26 turnovers in the game. “We got some easy points off of turnovers and got our offense going.”