Cathedral crushes Loyola

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm Cathedral’s Jon Zinniel (11) takes a shot during the first half of the Greyhonds’ game against Mankato Loyola Tuesday at CHS.

NEW ULM — New Ulm Cathedral had three players score in double figures as the Greyhounds crushed Mankato Loyola 80-45 on Tuesday in a nonconference boys’ basketball game.

Alex Hillesheim had 22 points, James Gillis scored 18 points and Kyle Goblirsch scored 13 points. Goblirsch and Hillesheim each had nine rebounds apiece. Chris Knowles added six rebounds and five assists.

“I thought our defensive energy was good throughout the whole game,” Cathedral head coach Alen Woitas said.

Woitas said he liked how the Greyhounds rebounded well throughout the game. It wasn’t very often when Loyola would get a second shot at the basket.

Cathedral managed on several occasions to go after the basketball, get it and set up another chance for a score.

Between their defense limiting Loyola to few shots and the Greyhounds making 3-point shots consistently throughout the game, they made things easy on themselves.

Cathedral was 11 of 23 from 3-point range, was 17 of 24 from the floor and went 13 of 15 from the free-throw line.

Hillesheim hit two 3-point shots sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Gillis to push the Greyhounds into a lead they would never give up. Those baskets ignited the Greyhound offense.

Mark Schommer closed out the first half, hitting a 3-point shot and getting fouled to make two free throws to help the Greyhounds have a 45-22 lead at halftime.

Cathedral’s defense continued to give the Crusaders fits in the second half. Loyola’s first basket of the second half came when Matthew Helget scored with 13:10 left in the game.

Gillis was fouled after he made a basket. He hit the free throw. Gillis and Hillesheim nailed 3-pointers on consecutive possessions for a 73-42 Greyhound advantage. Goblirsch scored on a close-range shot and Schommer scored on a layup for Cathedral’s final points.

Matthew Helget, Isiah Godfrey and Brendan Kane scored 11 points each for Loyola.

Cathedral (1-0) will host Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Friday.