Foul trouble plagues Knights in holiday tournament

STMA’s Jackson Greenwaldt looks for the open shot against St. Cloud Tech. (Photo by Jake Schroer)
STMA’s Jackson Greenwaldt looks for the open shot against St. Cloud Tech. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports

The Knights basketball team lost a pair of games in a weekend tournament.

First, the Knights played Orono at Buffalo High School. Against the Orioles, the Knights fell down by 14, scoring just 18 points in the first half as the result of a slow start. The second half was much better offensively for the Knights, as they outscored Osseo 30-26, but the Orioles hung on for a 58-48 win.

Trevor Rothstein and Jackson Greenwaldt led the team in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jaylen Hakes added nine off the bench.

STMA hosted the second game at its own gymnasium, facing off against St. Cloud Tech. Once again, the Knights got off to a slow start on offense. The Tigers held STMA to 16 first half points, and head coach Tim Anfenson said the Knights got stuck at just eight points for a while.

After a quiet first half, Greenwaldt hit some shots in the second, doing anything he could to try and keep his team in the game. He finished with 15 points to lead all Knights scorers. Most of those points came in the second half. Rothstein added eight points.

Tech seemed to squash any run by STMA by drawing a foul and making the free throws or hitting a timely shot. The Tigers maintained a consistent lead over the Knights for much of the game and won 52-39.

Coach Anfenson said his team relies too much on one player (Greenwaldt) and that someone else needs to pick up the slack. He thought his team did a good job guarding Tech’s star player (Andy Foley), but some old problems still flared up.

“We still are having a little trouble in the foul department. Too many fouls,” he said. Anfenson said that the team missed some easy shots in the first half, including some layups, which hurt.

“In high school basketball, you’ve got to make your layups.” Anfenson said the team never recovered from the bad spell in the first half which left them at eight points for a while.

“We made some gains today, but not good enough to be successful.”

With the loss, the Knights fall to 3-7 on the season. STMA travels to Brainerd on Saturday.