Alden-Conger outguns Jones, Madelia

Staff Photo by Ari Selvey Madelia’s Anthony Zaleski works to get a shot off against Alden-Conger’s Kyle Honstad in a Valley Conference boys basketball game at Madelia High School on Monday night.

MADELIA — Despite a record-breaking night by Madelia’s Hayden Jones, Alden-Conger outlasted Madelia 91-70 in a high-scoring Valley Conference boys basketball matchup Monday night.

Jones broke the school record for 3-pointers made in a game with 10 makes from behind the arc. He finished the game with a total of 34 points and was followed by Tony Zaleski’s 16 points.

Madelia controlled the game early, jumping out to an 8-4 lead. Alden-Conger pulled back, though, and the teams traded buckets for several minutes. With the game tied at 18, two Jones 3-pointers and a driving layup by Zaleski put Madelia back in command up 26-18.

Alden-Conger battled back once more, chipping away at the Madelia lead until a layup by Lucas Hensche put Alden-Conger up 32-31. A 3 by Gavin Grunewald tied the game up once more at 34, and the teams went back and forth once more until Alden-Conger went on a 9-0 run. The run included a buzzer-beating putback by Andrew Wasmoen to end the half, finishing the period with the Knights up 51-40.

Alden-Conger continued to increase its lead in the second half. Alden-Conger went on a 10-3 run early in the half to go up 63-45 before the run was cut short by a 3-pointer by Zaleski. By the time that Madelia called its first timeout with 10:52 left in the game, the score was 67-51.

Alden-Conger steadily widened its lead for the rest of the second half, fueled by strong rebounding and free-throw shooting. Another timeout with 4:08 left saw the score at 83-68, and Alden-Conger went on an 8-0 run to seal the game, only allowing a tip-in from Jones at the end of the game, to win 91-70.

Madelia (3-15, 3-11) will travel to take on Windom Area at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.


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