SE boys suffer first setback

CLEAR LAKE – Second-ranked (Class 3A) Clear Lake used a 20-point fourth quarter to earn a 70-48 victory over No. 4 St. Edmond here Thursday night.

After falling behind early, the Lions leaned on Spencer Davidson and Pete Swenson to remain unbeaten on the year.

Robby Burke led the Gaels (9-1 overall, 8-1 in North Central Conference) with 15 points and 10 rebounds – recording his 10th double-double of the season. Konrad Laufersweiler added 14 and eight boards.

“We played well for over three quarters, but they put a run on us and we couldn’t get good, open looks to fall,” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “They are a good team, but I was happy with several things we did.

“We didn’t turn the ball over much and our kids really battled. (Clear Lake) just did a nice job of spreading us out and exposing our defense.”

Davidson had a game-high 21, while Swenson scored 14 for the Lions (9-0, 9-0). Matt Stephany added 11 in the win.

The Gaels led 18-10 after the first quarter and held on to a one-point advantage at halftime. Clear Lake, though, outscored St. Edmond 42-19 in the second half.

“They are a big, strong, athletic team and can put five guys on the floor that can shoot it,” Kochendorfer said. “This was a good learning experience for us.”

Next up for the Gaels is Clarion-Goldfield in Clarion on Tuesday.