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L-N boys split a pair


January 14, 2021

Denise Mazour

Between a rock and a hard place . . . Tyson Kotinek tries to save the ball from going out of bounds in this picture as he is crowded against the court boundary by the Giltner defenders. However, he has a friend waiting for the pass in the person of teammate Erik Wheeland.

The Lawrence-Nelson boys basketball team allowed last Tuesday's game with McCool Junction, at Nelson, slip away to a 48-40 loss. The Raiders hung on to down the Giltner Hornets, 53-42, at Giltner, Thursday. The Raiders visited Mankato, Tuesday, for a contest with Rock Hills. Game results were unavailable at press time.

The Raiders led McCool Junction 31-26 at the halfway mark. An offensive drought over the third and fourth quarters led to their 48-40 loss. Lawrence-Nelson was out scored 22-9 and recorded their sixth loss of the season.

Matters improved Thursday when the Raiders downed Giltner. They jumped out to a 28-19 half time lead. The Hornets attempted a comeback but were stymied by the Raider defense.

Cole Troudt tossed through 11 points against McCool Junction to lead the Raiders scoring. Keith Miller cleared the basket rim for 10 points. Krayton Kucerea and Logan Menke recorded six points each. Trevor Biltoft posted four points for the Raiders. Tyson Kotinek scored three points.

Biltoft, Menke and Miller pulled down seven rebounds each. Kotinek and Troudt accounted for four rebounds apiece. Kucera handled three rebounds. Blake Wroughton landed two rebounds.

Menke was credited with 17 points against Giltner. Troudt dropped through 13 points for the Raiders. Wroughton scored five points. Biltoft registered four points. Miller added two points.

Biltoft hit the boards for seven rebounds. Menke and Kotinek snagged three rebounds apiece. Kucera, Miller, Troudt and Wroughton contributed two rebound each.

The Raiders host the Kenesaw Blue Devils at Nelson Friday. The team travels to Axtell, Saturday for a game with the Wildcats. Lawrence-Nelson will host the Deshler Dragons, at Nelson, Tuesday.


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