Gael boys get past Algona

ALGONA – A balanced effort helped lead the St. Edmond boys past Algona here Friday night, 54-48.

Robby Burke led four players in double figures with 14 points, while Konrad Laufersweiler had 13. Both Matthew Bocken and Landon Peed scored 11 for the Gaels (12-2 overall, 11-2 in North Central Conference). Burke also grabbed 14 rebounds, while Peed dished out eight assists. T.J. O’Tool added seven boards.

“We’re going to have to have that (offensive balance) more often,” said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “With teams so focused on slowing down Robby inside, it was nice to see some other guys step up (Friday) and knock down some shots.”

Luke TerHark scored a game-high 16 to lead the Bulldogs (8-6, 6-6).

After outscoring Algona 17-7 in the second quarter, St. Edmond found themselves in a fight in the third.

The Bulldogs went on an 8-2 run to close out the period, but the Gaels were able to ice things away at the free throw line, going 16-for-19 in the fourth quarter alone. Algona was just 4 of 5 from the charity stripe in the game.

St. Edmond didn’t score until four minutes into the contest, falling behind 7-0. The Gaels outrebounded the Bulldogs, 31-20.

Bocken made three three-pointers, while Laufersweiler and Burke were a collective 10 of 11 at the line.

Peter Hollinger added 12 points for Algona, who is now 4-2 in its last six. The Bulldogs host Forest City today before returning to league play Tuesday at Eagle Grove.

The Gaels are now 3-2 in their last five and travel to Humboldt on Tuesday.