By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The Knights basketball team played a trio of games this past week.
The North Branch Vikings came to the St. Michael-Albertville High School gym on Tuesday. It looked early on as if the Knights would run away with this one. Jackson Greenwaldt, who scored 28 points, scored 18 of his team’s first 24 by knocking down some key three pointers.
The Knights led 18-1 and 24-8 before North Branch made a bit of a comeback before halftime, where the score was 36-25. North Branch whittled the lead down to just a few points, but the Vikings could not stop the Knights from scoring points at just the right times. The teams ended up with same amount of points for the second half.
Jaylen Hakes and Jake Bloomstrand each chipped in 11 points to help the cause. STMA benefited from a good performance at the free throw line. Greenwaldt was a perfect 12-12, specifically. The Knights won for the first time this season,
Coach Anfenson said it was nice to win, because his team still needs to work on some fitness things. The football state tournament run forced changes to the basketball schedule.
“Our season has a lot of games at the beginning of the year, so we haven’t had a couple days in a row where we could really work on our fitness, and our conditioning,” he said.
Anfenson said he was looking forward to the competition within the team for playing time.
Knights lose to Edina after first half lead
STMA welcomed Edina for a matchup Thursday, but they could not replicate Tuesday’s success.
Coach Anfenson said the team played Edina well in the first half. The Knights headed to halftime with a three point lead. However, things turned in the second half.
“I felt we kinda ran out of gas a little bit in the second half and they went ahead late in the game, and then we had to foul to try and get back into it and they made their foul shots,” he said.
Edina’s Walt McGrory (22 points) and Mahad Haji (20 points) led the charge for Edina. Jackson Greenwaldt led the Knights with 19 points and Dallas Freeman scored 14, all in the second half.
“We were playing better on both sides of the court, we just didn’t finish the game,” Anfenson said.
Knights win thriller in Moorhead
STMA headed up to Moorhead for a showdown with the Spuds. The Knights played what coach Anfenson called their best game of the season so far. STMA climbed out to a 26-12 lead before Moorhead made a comeback. The lead was only two at the half.
The Knights pushed the lead back to where it had been in the second half, only for Moorhead to rally again. The Spuds took the lead late against the Knights, but then STMA made some magic.
“They (Moorhead) were up by three points with eight seconds left in regulation, and Jackson Greenwaldt got an outlet, pitched it to Trevor Rothstein in the corner who made a three point shot to tie it with about three seconds left in the game,” Anfenson said.
The Knights finished off the Spuds in overtime after Moorhead had taken a four point lead. The final score was 80-79.
The Knights played Tuesday against Monticello at home. They play at Big Lake tonight.