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Gael boys roll

December 15, 2012

The St. Edmond boys basketball team capped a bounce-back weekend with a victory here Saturday, defeating South Hamilton 57-40 behind the strong inside presence of Robby Burke.

Burke, a 6-foot-6 junior, had 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Gaels (5-2 overall) won for the second straight night to answer the bell after consecutive losses.

''The kids have responded since (Tuesday's lopsided loss at Humboldt),'' SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. ''We're still a work in progress - it was that way even when we started 3-0, and it certainly became more evident when we were 3-2.

''The important thing is that we can say we're constantly improving, win or lose. That wasn't the case after the (Algona and Humboldt contests), but I feel like we've taken positive steps forward since then.''

Burke was too much for the Hawks (4-3) to handle underneath. He made 9 of 13 shots, with most coming from point-blank range.

It was the second straight 23-point performance from Burke, who matched his output from Friday's win at Clear Lake.

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St. Edmond - Robby Burke 9-13 5-7 23, Aaron Chalstrom 3-4 0-0 9, Alex Mericle 3-4 2-2 8, David Flattery 2-6 2-2 7, Aaron McElroy 1-2 0-0 2, Landon Peed 1-3 0-0 2, Hank Crimmins 1-1 0-0 2, Konrad Laufersweiler 1-1 0-0 2, Eddie Doyle 1-3 0-0 2, Cal Coleman 0-0 0-0 0, Matthew Bocken 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas Woodruff 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Remsburg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-37 9-11 57.

South Hamilton - John Hegland 2-5 4-5 8, Mathew Hislop 3-11 0-0 6, Andrew Wintermote 2-6 0-0 4, Trevor Ullestad 1-4 0-0 3, Justin Shepherd 0-1 1-2 1, Lucas Olson 3-6 0-0 9, Nathan McSparin 2-3 0-0 4, Andy Cook 1-2 0-0 3, Ross Enderson 1-1 0-0 2, Jacob Heeren 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 15-41 5-7 40.

Quarter scores: St. Edmond led 15-10, 30-15, 45-27. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 4-7 (Chalstrom 3-3, Flattery 1-3, Peed 0-1). South Hamilton 5-15 (Olson 3-4, Cook 1-1, Ullestad 1-3, Hislop 0-3, Hegland 0-2, Heeren 0-2). Turnovers: St. Edmond 12, South Hamilton 12. Total fouls: St. Edmond 9, Sotuh Hamilton 10.

''We got the ball to Robby in good position to score,'' Kochendorfer said. ''I was pleased with our ball movement and shot selection (the Gaels were 22 of 37 from the field for 59 percent).''

Senior Aaron Chalstrom swished three triples, while classmate Alex Mericle added eight points, nine rebounds and six assists.

A triple by Chalstrom and consecutive baskets from Burke pushed a five-point advantage to 22-10 in the second quarter. South Hamilton went the first five minutes of the second quarter without a field goal.

St. Edmond's lead stretched to as many as 22 in the third period after a 10-0 burst, which was highlighted by two field goals each from Burke and Mericle.

Senior Lucas Olson made three treys off the bench to lead the Hawks, who had won three straight coming into last night's tilt.

''Our biggest challenge this week was adjusting our mentality to handle the physical style of play we're going to continue to see (in the North Central Conference),'' Kochendorfer said. ''Algona and Humboldt pushed us around and out-hustled us, and we didn't respond. We've played with much more of a sense of urgency in these last two, which is encouraging to see.''

The Gaels face Webster City at home on Tuesday and travel to No. 7 (Class 3A) Iowa Falls-Alden Friday to close the pre-winter break portion of their schedule.



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