By Rob LaPlante
The St. Michael-Albertville boys’ basketball team found its offense Dec. 18 against a struggling Becker team in a 77-33 win. Two nights later, sophomore guard Jackson Greenwaldt scored a career high 27 points in a 72-55 rout of Hutchinson.
The Knights jumped to an early double-figure lead on Becker and led 36-19 at the half. The final 18 minutes were even worse for the Bulldogs, as STMA outscored their former conference rival by 24 en route to a 44-point blowout victory.
Becker had been dominated in its first five losses to start the season – all by scores of 16 points or more. Junior Dallas Freeman scored a season high 16 points in the win.
“Dallas played pretty well,” said head coach Tim Anfenson. “He scored a career high and was able to collect a couple rebounds and assists as well. He had a good all-around game.”
Freeman was 4-of-5 from the field and was a perfect 2-of-2 from three. He also added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Knights responded two nights later with a 72-55 win over Hutchinson. It was a coming out party for STMA leading scorer Jackson Greenwaldt.
Greenwaldt was 7-of-11 from the field and scored nine points from the 3-point line. The Knights leading scorer had previously scored 16 points as his season high.
“Jackson is really becoming a consistent scorer for us and against Hutch he had a great night,” Anfenson said. “He was scoring at all three levels. He was hitting some three’s, scoring from mid-range and he was able to get some points going to the basket.”
Freeman and sophomore Trevor Rothstein each scored 11 points in the win. Senior’s Erik Johnson and Cole Krutzig each scored eight.
“I thought Krutzig stood out that game,” Anfenson said. “He was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and showed tremendous leadership qualities. Hutch threw multiple defensive looks at us and he did a good job of controlling the game.”
The Knights (4-3 overall) are next in action Dec. 28-29 at the St. Cloud Apollo Tournament. Friday tips-off at 1:30 p.m. against Blake and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. they face Rocori.