Boys hoops: Big first half helps St. Francis pass .500 mark with win

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Saints march on with tough schedule

St. Francis (11-10) moved above .500 on the season with a 64-58 Section 7AAAA win at home against Duluth East Saturday afternoon.

The Saints built a 12-point lead by the break with strong inside play by junior forward Ryan Svihel and long-range three-pointers from five different players in the first half.

Poor shooting from the free throw line late in the second half kept the Greyhounds in the contest but 17 points from Svihel helped maintain the slim lead to the end.

St. Francis’ Nate Svihel, right, guards against Anoka’s Jackson Sutton. Photo by Jason Olson
St. Francis’ Nate Svihel, right, guards against Anoka’s Jackson Sutton. Photo by Jason Olson

The Saints rebounded from a six-point loss to Rogers with an 82-52 win over North Branch to continue the Mississippi 8 Conference schedule Jan. 28.

Senior forward Dillon Tradewell had a career-best 13 points making three, 3-pointers and made all five free throws to help the Saints win at home.

Defensively Carlson and Huebner each had four steals while post Hylen blocked two shots. Huebner also pulled down seven rebounds while Carlson and Hylen each had three assists to help spread the attack around.

Two days earlier Rogers (16-7, 7-0) maintained its perfect conference record by jumping to a 35-16 halftime lead on St. Francis.

The Saints couldn’t recover from the slow start in a 64-58 loss.

Svihel sparked the second half rally with his second double-double in three games finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Robbie Whitney led the team with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The strong non-conference schedule put in place by coach Ryan Hauge found the Saints at No. 14 ranked Mounds View on Jan. 20. Svihel had his first double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds plus four assists. The Mustangs hit seven 3-pointers from five different players and made 7-of-11 long-range shots before halftime.

Saints guard Genuine Matthews held Mustangs leading scorer Nate Albers to 14 points, more than 10 points below his season average. Matthews got it done offensively with 20 points going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Whitney battled through the flu to add 12 points to help hand Mounds View its third loss of the season.

Huskies close out January with three losses
Winning three times in 12 days, Andover (5-14) closed out January on a three-game losing streak to Northwest Suburban Conference foes, the last being a 75-56 home loss to Champlin Park Jan. 29.

Andover junior guard Logan Rezac, front, has scored at least 19 points in five of the last seven games including a season-high 24 points in a 69-56 win over Irondale Jan. 19.  Photo by Bill Jones
Andover junior guard Logan Rezac, front, has scored at least 19 points in five of the last seven games including a season-high 24 points in a 69-56 win over Irondale Jan. 19. Photo by Bill Jones

The conference-leading Rebels led by 12 at halftime and didn’t let up as post Theo John had another monster game with 19 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and one assist. Junior guard McKinley Wright had a game-high 28 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks.

Andover had 13 points each from Logan Rezac and Corbin Johnson. Rezac also had six rebounds while Johnson had five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Nate Rodewald was the other Huskies player to score in double-digits with 11 points.

Lions add showcase win over Breck
On the heels of posting a season-high 85 points in an 85-60 victory over Lakeview Christian on Jan. 28, Legacy Christian Academy added a 73-57 win over Breck in a rare Sunday contest. The game was part of a Super 60 Showcase Series played at Lindberg Center in Hopkins.

Cole Bertsch led the way with 23 points while Lucas Nelson and Josh Niessen added 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Against Lakeview Academy, the Lions led 43-36 at the break and finished with 31 points from Nelson as Bertsch, Michael Stelly and Nils Anderson each contributed 12 points and Niessen had 10 points.

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