NEW ULM - It wasn't pretty by any stretch, but the New Ulm Cathedral boy's basketball team rallied to pick up its first victory of the season.
The Greyhounds held off Cedar Mountain/Comfrey in the low-scoring battle 39-30 Tuesday in Tomahawk Conference action to pick up the first victory for new head coach Alan Woitas.
Jacob Gangelhoff led the Greyhounds with 13 points and Gabe Knowles scored seven.
Brady Kerkhoff led the Cougars with eight points.
The Greyhounds scored the first basket of the game when Michael Skillings hit a 3-pointer early on. But then the Greyhounds had a seven-minute stretch without scoring again as the Cougars raced out to a 14-3 lead.
But the Greyhounds didn't get frustrated and cut into the lead, trailing 16-13 at halftime when Knowles banked one in as time expired.
"At the end of the first half, we had two hustle plays when Gangelhoff made steal and that turned into an And-1, and then Gabe had a nice play on an offensive rebound that gave us a nice 5-0 run going into the second half," Woitas said.?"The second half we did a good job of moving with a purpose and using those screens. The first half we were just a little too fast and we were excited, but we just slowed ourselves down and made some good adjustments."
Kerkhoff scored right away in the second half to push the CM/C lead to 18-13, but the Greyhounds went on a 10-0 run after that, highlighted by baskets from Gangelhoff that led to a timeout by the Cougars.
At that point, the Greyhounds had a small lead, but it seemed to be enough because neither team was able to go on any substantial scoring run.
The Cougars were able to keep the Greyhounds off the board for most of the first half, and Cathedral did the same thing to the Cougars in the second half.
"We played uncharacteristically for a little bit," Woitas said. "We had a nice play to start the game and after that we had that six-minute drought, it was just slowing down and getting people to be patient offensively."
The Greyhounds were able to hold the lead late in the game with free throws.
Cathedral (1-2) is at Wabasso on Friday and CM/C hosts Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Friday.