Big run in second half lifts Chargers
By Jeremy Behnke
Journal Sports Editor
NEW ULM — Clinging to a 35-34 lead heading into halftime, the Minnesota Valley Lutheran boys’ basketball team needed a little bit of separation in order to pick up its second win of the season.
The Chargers got just that, jumping out to a 9-2 start in the second half and they cruised to a 61-51 victory over Cedar Mountain on Tuesday in a Tomahawk Conference game.
Leyton Brau led the Chargers with 15 points and six rebounds. Christian Edwards finished with 13 points and five steals. Kyreis Harrison had eight points and 12 rebounds.
Cedar Mountain, which opened with a 75-70 victory over Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Saturday, was led by Chris Dow’s 15 points and five rebounds. He also had four steals. Devonte Charles had 13 points and four steals and Caden Kleinschmidt finished with 11 points. Dakota Pendleton finished with nine points.
MVL got off to a 7-0 start the game and they went up 10-4 on a 3-pointer from Carter Sexton. But the Cougars went on a run of their own and eventually tied it at 17-17 on a 3 from Charles.
The teams went back and forth the rest of the first half, and Cedar Mountain eventually led 34-30 on a 3 with 1:13 left. However, the Chargers closed the half on a 5-0 run thanks to a 3-pointer and a layup by Brau.
Up by one, the Chargers took over early in the second half after Brau carried over the scoring. His three-point play gave MVL a 44-36 lead, but the Cougars weren’t done yet. Cedar Mountain went on a 7-1 run, thanks in part a 3 by Dow with just over 14 minutes left to cut MVL’s lead to 44-41.
Edwards helped MVL pull away, going on a five-point run by himself to put MVL up 50-45. That helped the Chargers eventually take a 63-47 late in the game and they held on.
MVL (2-0) hosts Wabasso on Friday and Cedar Mountain (1-1) hosts New Ulm Cathedral on Thursday.