Delano basketball team muscle way through non-conference challenges
by DAVE PEDERSEN
Both the Delano boys and girls basketball teams cruised to recent non-conference victories to warm up for the second half of the season.
The Tiger boys stayed undefeated with a 77-58 triumph over Rogers last Friday. Delano also won both games at the Granite City Classic over the holiday break, beating Sartell 64-51 and Becker 91-62.
The girls played one game in Marshall of the break and defeated Oldman-Ramona from South Dakota 68-33. Momentum was maintained in a 63-41 victory over Sauk Rapids-Rice Saturday.
Boys coach Terry Techam said the Rogers game was close all the way, something not many teams have been able to do against the 10-0 Tigers.
After the score was tied at 43 in the second half, Delano scored the next seven points. However, Rogers scored the next five to make it 50-48. Delano then went on an 18-2 run to make it 68-50. Toby Hanson had 10 of the points in that run
Zach Checkal led the way with 25 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Hanson had 22 points and Dalton Pulis added 17 points and nine rebounds. Damon Longstreet pulled down 12 rebounds.
Against Becker at the Granite City Classic at St. Cloud Apollo High School, Delano won the battle of long range shooters. The Tigers had 13 3-point shots and Becker had 10.
Checkal scored 20 points with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Hanson netted 18 points while Longstreet, Zach Muckenhirn and Pulis each had 10.
In the win over Sartell Checkal hit back to back three’s to put Delano up by 10 in the second half. He finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Hanson had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds. Pulis contributed 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. Longstreet added 10 points with six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The boys play at home against Dassel-Cokato, Friday, Jan. 11 and at home against league power Waconia Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Alex Wittinger powered the Tiger girls against Oldman with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bria Barfnecht added 12 points.
Against Sauk Rapids Barfnecht led with 18 points while Brooke Lemke had 15 and Wittinger 13.
The girls are at DC Friday, Jan 11 and at Waconia Jan. 15.