Burke hits late winner for SE boys

HAMPTON – Robby Burke’s final points with three seconds left in overtime here Tuesday helped lift the St. Edmond boys past Hampton-Dumont, 52-50.

Burke, who finished with a game-high 34 points, grabbed his 15th rebound of the game and made a putback, giving the Gaels (11-2 overall, 10-2 in North Central Conference) their fifth road win of the season.

Landon Peed drew a charge late in the extra session, giving the ball back to St. Edmond for the final shot.

“That was the third charge Landon drew in the game,” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “Robby had a great night on the glass, and his final shot was all about his ability to gain the advantage inside.

“We made them take several dribbles (after Burke’s basket) and all they got off was a half-court attempt.”

Konrad Laufersweiler added 10 points and 11 boards in the win, while Peed finished with eight assists. T.J. O’Tool grabbed four rebounds and Matthew Bocken scored four points.

Peed also made two free throws late in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

After a 13-point loss to Bishop Garrigan at home last Friday, Kochendorfer was pleased to escape with a victory.

“This was a good one for us,” he said. “Hampton-Dumont is a good shooting team and we made them take tough shots.

“We turned the ball over too many times, but the kids kept their heads up and didn’t let it rattle them.”

St. Edmond held Parker Claypool, Hampton-Dumont’s leading scorer entering the game, to seven points. Charlie Flickinger scored a team-high 15.

The Gaels remain on the road, heading to Algona (8-4, 6-4) Friday night. The Bulldogs defeated Clarion-Goldfield, 70-32, last night.