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Cathedral boys crush BLHS

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Ben Dornseif (3) of Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart tries to block a shot from New Ulm Cathedral’s James Gillis durign the second half Friday at CHS.

NEW ULM — New Ulm Cathedral jumped to a commanding 40-17 half-time lead and went on to a 77-59 win over Buffalo Lake-Hector/Stewart Friday night in a Tomahawk Conference boys’ basketball meeting.

Chris Knowles led a dominating performance by the Greyhounds with 16 points. Jon Zinniel added 14 points with Sam Knowles ending with 11 points. Sam and Chris Knowles each hauled down 10 rebounds.

August Bergstrom led the Mustangs (2-7, 2-4) with 14 points.

“Our kids played well and played with a lot of energy,” said Cathedral head coach Alan Woitas, who saw his team improve to 10-1 in conference play and 11-1 overall. “They made some shots and attacked the hoop early and often and really put a lot of pressure on them defensively.”

That pressure led to 12 Mustangs’ turnovers in the first half and also pressured their shooters.

In the first half, BLHS hit just 5-of-14 shots from the floor and only 2-of-13 from beyond the arc.

“We made them spread their offense further out from the 3-point line than they would have liked,” Woitas said. “They never really got comfortable and that was one of our goals tonight.”

The Greyhounds, who host Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Monday in a big conference game, broke the Mustangs early as they jumped to a 17-7 lead on a Zinniel basket off of a Mustangs’ turnover at the 11-minute mark.

That margin ballooned to 30-9 on a Cathedral 13-0 run five minutes later.

Four free throws from Chris Knowles, baskets from Chris Knowles and Zinniel off of consecutive Mustangs’ turnovers and capped by a James Gillis 3-pointer saw the Greyhounds in total command.

Two more baskets off of Mustangs’ turnover to start the second half had the Greyhounds in cruise control at 44-17.

Cathedral increased the lead to 55-19 on a Chris Knowles’ basket.

“That was a good opportunity to get a lot of guys in the game — we had a lot of different people score tonight,” Woitas said.

Noah Thompson’s hoop made it a 72-55 game with a 3 from Brenden Humbard making the score 75-55.

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