Tiger sports report
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
When in a pinch Delano has some battle-tested go to boys basketball players who helped pull out a 63-62 victory over New London-Spicer Friday.
Coach Terry Techam called it a very exciting game when each team would make a run to take over the lead. Delano won the first half 25-23 and NLS won the second half 39-38.
The Tigers trailed by four with two minutes to play when two senior leaders took over. Damon Longstreet hit two free throws. Toby Hanson got a steal and hit a short shot to tie the game. Longstreet scored on an inbounds play to give Delano the lead.
New London made one last run, making a 3-point basket to take the lead and got a rebound along with a foul. After a timeout with 22 seconds left, Delano’s defense was able to force a five-second violation on the inbounds play.
“Hanson hit a tough 15-footer with 10 seconds left to put us up one,” said Techam. “New London got a good shot at the buzzer, but lucky for us it did not go in.”
Hanson finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Longstreet scored 18 points with 12 rebounds and four assists. The two were starters on last year’s state tournament team. Delano improved to 13-4.
Matt Kreklow grabbed 10 rebounds to go with eight points and hit on two 3-point shots in the second half. Seth Norling had eight points and four assists.
Earlier in the week Delano lost 69-35 to Holy Family Catholic, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. Sean Campbell led the offense with 13 points. Longstreet had 11 points and six rebounds. Hanson had eight points and six rebounds.
Seth MacLeod returned to the lineup after being out with a sprained ankle since Dec. 27. Delano is home to Litchfield Thursday, Jan. 30, at Orono, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 and at Mound-Westonka Thursday, Feb. 6.
Delano girls basketball coach Amy Gould said her team played a great game in the 69-64 win over Holy Family Catholic, but was not to good in the 58-44 loss to New London-Spicer.
“The credit goes to Tayler Thunstedt who ruled our gym,” said Gould about the NLS standout who scored 35 points. “She passed and shot over the top of our quickest defender and found wide open teammates under the rim who consistently knocked down easy buckets. She made eight 3-point baskets.”
Bria Barfnecht led Delano with 22 points and Alex Wittinger scored 16. Gould was grateful for everyone who showed up to support the cancer awareness fundraiser.
Against Holy Family, eight Tigers scored points, paced by Barfnecht with 19 points and nine rebounds. Erin Norling shot 5 for 8 from the floor and was 6 of 6 from the free throw line for 16 points. Wittinger had 10 points and Brooke Lemke had 10 assists to go with eight points.
Delano plays at Litchfield Friday, Jan. 31. The next home game is Feb. 14 against Annandale.
The wrestlers lost to Annandale/Maple Lake 63 to 17 with wins not by forfeit by Tucker Sjomeling and Walker Russek.
New London-Spicer defeated the Tigers 58-13. Sam Oeffling and Kevin Kneisl posted wins while Delano forfeited at five weight classes.
The Wright County Conference tournament starts at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Waconia. Delano will enter the Cooper Invitational Feb. 6.