Gael boys upset falls short

CARROLL – Falling just short in its upset bid, the St. Edmond boys basketball team dropped a tight 52-49 decision to sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Carroll Kuemper Saturday night.

Despite leading by five points with just under three minutes remaining, the Gaels (12-5 overall) were unable to slam the door.

“We kind of turned the ball over a couple of times late, and (the Knights) took advantage,” said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “That’s just the way it goes sometimes. Hopefully, this can be a good learning experience for our guys.”

Senior Robby Burke scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for St. Edmond, while junior Landon Peed tallied 12 points and six assists. Konrad Laufersweiler, another senior, posted five points and six boards.

“Both Robby and Landon played strong,” Kochendorfer said. “We did a good job of getting the ball inside to Robby against the double team of (Cole) Neary and Sam (Brincks).”

Brincks finished with a game-high 25 points for defending state semifinalist Kuemper (13-3), and Neary added 13. The Knights closed out the contest on a 11-3 run en route to their sixth victory in the past seven games.

Kuemper was coming off a 45-39 triumph over No. 3 (3A) Harlan on Friday, which was their second win of the season over the perennial power Cyclones.

St. Edmond will try to snap a mini three-game slide Tuesday when it hosts Webster City (7-8).