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Thompson’s free throw lifts MVL over Cathedral

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Kyreis Harrison dribbles the ball upcourt in Monday’s game against New Ulm Cathedral. Cathedral’s Sam Knowles (10) is defending on the play.

NEW ULM — On February 5, Minnesota Valley Lutheran lost to New Ulm Cathedral 53-52 when it missed two free throws at the end of the game.

Tuesday night, the Chargers won one late at the charity stripe against the Greyhounds.

Luke Thompson’s free throw with eight seconds left in the game broke a 41-41 tie and lifted the Chargers to a 42-41 win over Cathedral on the Chargers’ home court.

Leyton Brau led MVL with 13 points as MVL improved to 12-3 in the Tomahawk Conference and 12-4 overall.

Sam Knowles paced the Greyhounds with 16 points. Jevan Wilfhart ended with 10.

The loss dropped Cathedral to 10-5 in the Tomahawk Conference and 10-5 overall.

MVL trailed the Greyhounds 32-24 with 10 minutes left in the game before they made a march to cut the lead to 34-32 on two Kyreis Harrison free throws with just over five minutes left.

A Thompson jumper gave the Chargers a 39-38 lead with two minutes left in the game before a Wilfahrt free throw and later basket regained the Greyhounds the lead at 41-39.

Two Brau free throws tied the game. A Cathedral turnover with 12 seconds left in the game set the stage for the Chargers’ win.

The Chargers, who end regular season play Saturday morning with a 11:30 a.m. game at Sleepy Eye Public, held a 14-6 lead early before Sam Knowles scored three straight baskets from the paint to cut the lead to 14-12.

A Knowles jumper later knotted the game at 19-19 at halftime.

The Greyhounds host Springfield Thursday.

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