By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
After a slow start, the Knights boys’ basketball team has won seven of the past ten games.
“We’ve been able to get some nice victories and build a little momentum as we move toward the playoffs,” head coach Tim Anfenson said.
STMA battled for a pair of solid wins last week. First, the Knights traveled to Rogers to meet the Royals on Thursday. After a strong first half, the Knights held a 35-29 lead.
The game stayed close throughout the second half. Jackson Greenwaldt led the Knights in scoring with 20 points and nine rebounds. Trevor Rothstein nearly registered a triple-double in the game (16 points, seven rebounds, seven assists). Brian Sukalski scored eight and grabbed 10 boards.
Everyone who played in the game for STMA scored as the Knights held on for a 71-63 victory.
Coach Anfenson felt satisfied with the result and his team’s play.
“It was a good team win to go over and win a conference game on the road over your rival, so we’re pretty happy.”
STMA returned home and faced the Princeton Tigers on Friday. The Tigers displayed some strong shooting from behind the arc, gaining a 33-18 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
After a timeout, the Knights stormed back and managed to narrow the gap to five points at the half, 41-36. Only a pair of well-timed three point baskets kept the Tigers ahead. STMA surged out of the gate to open the second half and grabbed the lead early.
Princeton made some more three pointers in the second half, but the tide had effectively turned to the Knights. The long range shots only kept the game from becoming a blowout. The Knights pushed the lead to 11 points late and won 73-64.
STMA had four players in double figures. Rothstein led the Knights with 19 points, Sukalski had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, Greenwaldt had 16 points and Jaylen Hakes also recorded a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds).
Coach Anfenson said his team played a little flat in the first half, but things improved from there. He singled out Sukalski for his play in the past two games.
“I’m really happy for him. He’s a kid that’s worked hard and he’s cared about the team and now he’s getting some dividends here when we really need it. It’s cool,” he said.
The Knights played Monday night against St. Francis. They return to action next Tuesday at Buffalo.