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Cold-shooting Cathedral falls to Thunderbirds

December 12, 2012
Jim Bastian - Journal Sports Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - For the second straight game, poor shooting doomed the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhound boys basketball team.

The Greyhounds hit only 9-of-51 shots from the floor and fell 55-35 to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Tuesday night in a Tomahawk Conference game.

Shawn Jensen came off of the bench to lead the Thunderbirds (1-2, 1-1) with a game-high 17 points.

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Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop’s Cade Leitheiser (44) takes a shot over New Ulm Cathedral’s Ben Kittler during the second half Tuesday at CHS.

Jeff Osborne paced Cathedral (0-3, 0-2) with 12 points.

"I liked how consistent we played the second half," GFW coach Richard Busse said about his team's 34-point performance after halftime. "Everybody checked their 'what can I do as an individual' and brought 'what can I do for the team."

That led to the Thunderbirds going on a 13-4 run to start the second half, increasing their halftime lead to a 34-17 margin.

"This has been two games in a row where we cannot buy a basket to save our life," Cathedral coach Paul Hazuka said. "Our shooting percentage is incredibly low. We work hard on defense - we do a pretty good job there. But if we do not score some points. You can't shut out anybody either."

While the Greyhounds' offense sputtered, the Thunderbird's offense thrived.

A Jensen basket and a Brett Rickheim free throw made it a 39-24 GFW lead.

After the Greyhounds' Ben Kittler sank two free throws, GFW salted the game away.

Cade Leitheiser and Jensen hit buckets before Leitheiser hit four free throws to increase the GFW lead to 47-26 with five minutes left in the game.

"We communicated well on defense and had a consistent effort," Busse said. "The details that we talked about at halftime we carried out in the second half."

Hazuka said that his team will keep shooting the ball.

"Hopefully we will get better as the year goes along."

 
 

 

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