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Gaels cruise in opener

February 15, 2011
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So far, so good for the St. Edmond boys basketball team.

The seventh-ranked Gaels (17-3 overall) passed their first tournament test with flying colors here Monday night, pounding Eagle Grove (0-22) by a 68-44 final in a Class 2A district quarterfinal.

"I thought offensively we played pretty well (last evening)," said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. "We could've been a little more focused on the defensive end, but give credit to Eagle Grove for playing really hard."

Leading by seven (24-17) after the opening quarter, the Gaels continued to pull away in the second and built a commanding 42-26 halftime advantage and never looked back.

"It can be hard for the kids to get pumped up for a team that you've already beaten twice (during the regular season)," Kochendorfer said. "We finally started to empty the bench with about four and a half minutes left, so it was nice to get everyone into the game."

Junior Nick Clark, a 5-foot-10 point guard, once again powered the green and white offensive attack with 17 points and also dished out six assists.

Fact Box

St. Edmond 68, Eagle Grove 44

St. Edmond - Nick Clark 7 3-5 17, Bo Ivankovic 7 0-2 14, Neil Flattery 3 3-4 9, Anthony Flattery 4 1-1 9, David Flattery 3 0-0 7, Ryan Yung 3 0-0 6, Thomas Kesten 1 3-5 5, Hank Lentsch 0 1-2 1, Alex Mericle 0 0-0 0, Aaron McElroy 0 0-1, Ben Bethke 0 0-0 0, Matt Stumpf 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 11-20 68.

Eagle Grove - Vinnie Whipple 7 1-3 16, Aaron Wagner 3 0-0 7, Cody Helmick 3 0-2 6, Lars Boys 2 1-1 5, Andy Bell 2 0-2 4, Brandon Johnson 2 0-0 4, Chris Monley 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 2-8 44.

Quarter scores: St. Edmond led 24-17, 42-26, 55-36. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 1 (D. Flattery); Eagle Grove 2 (Whipple, Wagner).

"Nick was looking to get everyone else involved," said Kochendorfer. "He still scored when he had to, though."

Bo Ivankovic, a 6-foot-9 senior center, contributed 14 points and five blocks as well for St. Edmond. Junior Neil Flattery and senior Anthony Flattery were next in line with nine points apiece. Anthony added eight rebounds.

"Bo had a really good second half," Kochendorfer said.

Vinnie Whipple provided a bright spot for the Eagles with 16 points, while teammate Aaron Wagner chipped in seven.

The Gaels dominated on the glass (32-17) and committed just nine turnovers compared to 18 for Eagle Grove. SEHS also tallied 11 steals on the night.

St. Edmond will now host Prairie Valley (10-12) in a district semifinal on Thursday at 7 p.m.



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