Eagles pound Giants in boys’ basketball

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Noah Hauge (11) goes up for a shot after getting past Jayce Luna (2) of Le Sueur-Henderson Friday at New Ulm High School. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — New Ulm crushed LeSueur-Henderson 82-51 on Saturday in a nonconference boys’ basketball game.

Connor Foley finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. He was 11-of-21 from the free throw line. Foley is 3 points shy of reaching 1,000 career points.

Reece Melby added 15 points and 12 rebounds while Braden Zimmerman had 12 points for the Eagles.

“I was a little concerned coming into today after playing so hard last night,” New Ulm head coach Steve Foley said. “But, something got into the kids. Maybe we should play more back-to-back games.”

Coach Foley said they’ve been stressing defense during practice and the team played well in most aspects of the game. He said they need to do a better job of making free throws.

The Giants held an early lead before the Eagles tied it and asserted themselves making several runs throughout the first half.

New Ulm closed out the first half on a 9-0 run. Melby hit a 3-point shot and a basket. Foley got a basket and later fed the ball to Jaden Domeier who scored on an inside shot for a 50-24 Eagle lead.

Foley and Melby led New Ulm with 13 points apiece in the first half.

Foley and Brandon Zimmerman each scored for New Ulm adding to its lead in the second half. Burke Nesbit broke the Giants’ drought with a basket with 15:40 left. They did outscore New Ulm 6-0 before New Ulm started to score when it needed.

Foley fouled out with 2:12 left in the contest. LSH got the final four points of the game.

Nesbit led LSH with 17 points, Mitchell Borchardt had 12 points and Connor Arnold added 11 points.

New Ulm (4-2, 2-1) will host Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Thursday.


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