Delano girls earn No. 3 section seed
BY DAVID PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
The Delano boys basketball team slowed the game down intentionally in the 69-53 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake Friday, compared to when it did not want to be outscored 14-5 in the 59-50 loss to Holy Family earlier last week.
Toby Hanson’s steal and made shot at the buzzer put the Tigers up 28-23 at the half against Holy Family. Delano pushed the lead to 10 in the second half but struggled to score in the last eight minutes.
“Holy Family’s 6-foot-9 center did a good job of keeping us from scoring around the basket,” said coach Terry Techam. “In overtime it was all Holy Family.”
Adam Schleper led with 14 points, while Dalton Pulis had 12 points and seven rebounds. Toby Hanson scored 11 points, Zach Checkal had eight points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Damon Longstreet helped with 10 rebounds.
Against GSL Delano picked up the pace early so it would not have to worry about a late game slowdown. The Tigers had 43 points in the first half to head by 17 points.
In the first half alone, Hanson scored 19, Longstreet had 15 and Checkal had nine. Techam said he did slow the pace down because of the big lead.
Hanson finished with 21 points and three steals. Longstreet had 22 points and eight rebounds. Checkal had 15 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and seven assists. Schleper provided seven assists.
Delano ends the regular season at Orono, Friday, March 1.
Delano did not take much momentum into Tuesday’s first round of the section playoffs by losing 51-42 to Holy Family and 41-38 to Glencoe-Silver Lake.
The Tigers received the No. 3 section seed and opened at home against St. Cloud Apollo, after this issue went to press. The winner plays at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1.
Against Holy Family, Bria Barfnecht scored 15 points, Alex Wittinger had 12 and Brooke Lemke added nine.
Wittinger scored 15 and Barfnecht 14 against GSL.
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