BY DAVID PEDERSEN
The gap between Delano’s offense and defense got a little closer in the third game of the boys basketball season, yet the Tigers still won by 14 against Big Lake Thursday.
Earlier in the week Delano beat Watertown-Mayer by 40 points at 81-41 and opened the season with a 47-point romp over New Ulm, 85-38.
The 71-57 margin of victory was against an athletic Big Lake squad. The Tigers took a 32-26 halftime lead, but Big Lake used the 3-point shot to cut the lead to two in the second half. The team made 10 long range shots in the game.
Coach Terry Techam said Delano started to pull away with eight minutes to play by pounding the ball into Damon Longstreet under the basket.
Senior Zach Checkal “had a great game” with 23 points, nine rebounds, nine steals and six assists. Longstreet had 24 points and five rebounds.
Toby Hanson also had another good all-around game with 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Dalton Pulis added seven points and eight rebounds.
The game against Watertown-Mayer was close at 17-15 with eight minutes to go in the first half. A flurry of offense put the Tigers up 47-21 at the break.
A balanced scoring attack included four players in double figures. Checkal led with 22 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Adam Schleper came off the bench to net 15 points with four assists and three steals. Pulis had 13 points and seven rebounds and Hanson added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals.
While Delano was stealing the ball at will, it only gave it up four times on turnovers.
Four Tigers average in double figures after three wins. Checkal is at 21.3, Longstreet at 14.3, Hanson at 14 and Pulis is at 11.7 points per game.
Delano plays at Monticello, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and is home to New Prague, Tuesday, Dec. 18.