Gael boys bounce back

ALGONA – The St. Edmond boys stifled Bishop Garrigan Friday night, scoring a 51-37 North Central Conference victory.

The Gaels (7-4 overall, 6-4 in NCC) rebounded from a loss earlier this week to Clarion-Goldfield, limiting the Golden Bears to just 12 points in the second half.

“Our kids were bothered by their performance (vs. Clarion-Goldfield),” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “I think they were a little bit embarrassed and they came out (Friday) and showed what they can do.

“This was a big win – now we need to build on it and continue to play like this.”

Robby Burke recorded another double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. David Flattery scored 10, had eight rebounds and dished out six assists, while also limiting Garrigan’s (9-5, 7-4) John Burns to just two points in the second half.

“David picked up a couple of early fouls, but we had to leave him in there because we had nobody else to guard Burns,” Kochendorfer said. “In the second half, David just played excellent defense and really turned the game around.

“Also, Aaron McElroy limited Nathan Krieps, who was averaging about 16 per game, to just six; that was another big reason we were able to win.”

Alex Mericle grabbed nine rebounds and scored six points, while both McElroy and Eddie Doyle tallied seven.

“We had a really hard practice (on Thursday) and the kids came out and played emotional, yet in control,” Kochendorfer said. “We cannot just show up and expect to win, and I think they found that out (vs. Clarion-Goldfield) earlier this week. We need to be ready to play each and every time we step out on the court.”

Burns finished with a game-high 17, while Tyler Schnurr scored nine on a trio of three-pointers. Garrigan had its four-game win streak snapped with the loss.

St. Edmond returns to action Tuesday when they host Hampton-Dumont at home. The Gaels are now 5-2 in their last seven overall, but are just 3-2 inside the SEHS gym this season.