In Paynesville on Friday, the Crusaders from St. Cloud Cathedral turned an eight-point halftime advantage into a 20-point lead by outscoring the Bulldogs 27-15 in the third quarter.
The Crusaders, who love to run, shot nearly 50 percent (33 of 67), thanks to numerous lay-ups on the fast break and against the Bulldogs zone defense.
The Bulldogs shot 47 percent from the floor (24 of 51) but attempted 16 fewer shots than Cathedral.
Senior post Ryan Wall scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Bulldogs. He made 11 of 16 shots and five of seven free throws.
Senior guard Luc Trees scored18 points, making all six of his free throws, and added six assists. Junior post T.J. Schultz made four of six shots and scored 10 points for Paynesville.
Cathedral 20 22 27 22 - 91 Paynesville 15 19 15 17 - 66
Albany 95 Paynesville 65 Hot shooting by the Huskies led to a rout by Albany on Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Albany.
The Huskies led by six after the first quarter, 18-12, but scored 30 points in the second quarter to open a big lead. At the half, the score was 48-28 in favor of Albany.
The Huskies made eight three-pointers, scored on the fast break, and pounded the boards in the victory. Once again, the Bulldogs were outscored in every quarter.
The Bulldogs shot well (51 percent), but managed just 16 rebounds. Both Wall and Schultz, the Bulldogs' starting posts, got in early foul trouble.
Trees led the Bulldogs with 24 points, making 12 of 23 shots. J.T. Koehn added 12 points while shooting four of six from the floor.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs' record to 1-6 in the conference and 3-12 overall.
Paynesville 12 16 17 20 - 65 Albany 18 30 25 22 - 95
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