The St. Edmond boys have experienced a few hiccups this season on their home floor.
Tuesday night was not one of those times, as the Gaels jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back, defeating Hampton-Dumont 50-24.
Robby Burke led the way with another double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for St. Edmond (9-4 overall, 8-4 in North Central Conference). David Flattery added 10, while Aaron Chalstrom scored nine.
The Gaels have now won 18 straight against the Bulldogs (0-12, 0-10), a stretch dating back to the 2002-03 season.
“We came out with the right kind of mindset and attitude and took care of business from the opening tip,” said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “We’ve had a few games this year where we looked too much at the other teams record and didn’t focus on what we needed to do to win.
“(Tuesday) was not one of those games, and you saw what we could do when everything is working well.”
Flattery scored eight of his 10 in the opening quarter before being forced to the bench with foul trouble. He also dished out five assists and grabbed four boards.
Kochendorfer went to his reserves early and often, playing 11 in all. The veteran coach was pleased with the effort his second unit gave, adding, “it was important for those kids to come in, give us good minutes and build a confidence in what they can do. We’re going to need them down the road to play important roles.”
Hampton-Dumont went on a mini-run midway through the second, cutting a St. Edmond lead from 21-3 to 23-11. The Bulldogs, however, would get no closer, as the Gaels answered with an 8-0 burst of their own.
“Credit (H-D head coach) Heath (Walton) because he has his kids playing much better than the first time we saw them,” Kochendorfer said. “They have a lot of fight and never let up. They are a young and scrappy bunch.”
Charlie Flickenger, a sophomore, led the Bulldogs with eight points off the bench. Hampton-Dumont’s second five accounted for 18 of their 24 points on the evening.
Burke has now scored in double figures in all 13 games for St. Edmond this year, and improved his season shooting percentage to 66.
The Gaels return to action Friday night at Algona. St. Edmond lost to the Bulldogs earlier this year, 50-46.