Boys Basketball: Raiders hold on for close win over Eagles
Two teams in need of a win met in New York Mills Monday night and the Lake Park-Audubon Raiders (3-8) sneaked out of the Eagles gymnasium with a 56-52 victory.
The Raiders led the majority of the game, up two at halftime and stretching the lead to nine points on the back of senior forward Adrian Bailey.
Bailey scored 26 points in a dominating performance.
Andrew Erickson scored 10 points, including free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.
With less than 90 seconds to play Charlie Peeters made an eight-foot jumper in the lane to pull the Eagles within a deuce, 54-52.
Peeters stole the ball on the Raiders' next possession and steam rolled to the basket, but missed the game-tying layup.
The Raiders mishandled the ball on the Eagles' half of the court with under a minute to go and a shared possession call gave the ball back to the Eagles looking to tie the game for the second time.
Erickson stole the ball and passed to Bryce Bartunek, who drove to the hoop picking up a foul. Both of his foul shots got a lot of rim but refused to enter the cylinder.
Adam Patron missed a shot to tie with 11 seconds remaining, but NY Mills retained possession and got the ball to their leading scorer, Adam Snelgrove, who misfired on a go-ahead three-point attempt.
Erickson was fouled after gathering in a loose ball and clinched the game, as he sunk both free throws.
Snelgrove led the Eagles with 13 points. Chance Pettow scored 12 in an aggressive performance, both driving to the hoop and on defense.
That was when he was in the game.
Pettow was in foul trouble in the first half and picked up his fourth foul with 12 minutes to play, which put him on the bench for significant playing time in the second half.
The first half had a strange ending, not unlike the end of the game.
Down two, 33-31, the Eagles had the ball with seven seconds but turned it over on a three-seconds in the lane call.
A stolen inbounds pass ended up in Pettow's hands and his shot whirled around the rim but refused to drop to tie the game at the buzzer.
The largest Raider lead in the first have was nine points and NY Mills trudged back from that deficit just short of tying the score heading into the break.
Both halves had similar outcomes and similar paths to those outcomes.
Bailey was the difference, finding open looks at the basket and escaping the Eagles' defense scoring many times from right under the hoop.
The Raiders focused their defense on Snelgrove, who had been putting up big numbers the past three games. He had to work to get open.
LP-A made up the difference in the score making one more basket that NY Mills in each half. The Raiders created more scoring opportunities getting to the line 33 times, 20 more than NY Mills.
The loss drops the Eagles' record to 1-9. They traveled to Verndale (2-7) Tuesday night. The result was unavailable at time of this issue's publication.
Lake Park-Audubon at New York Mills Monday, Jan. 9.
Raiders 33 23 - 56
Eagles 31 21 - 52
Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --NYM: S, Slieter 0-0-1-2-1; C. Peeters 4-0-3-6-11; A. Patron 1-0-2-2-4; D. Tumberg 3-0-0-0-6; D. Gaudette 0-1-1-3-4; Snelgrove 1-2-5-7-13; C. Pettow 6-0-0-0-12; Z. Bauck 0-0-1-2-1. Team 15-3-13-22-52.
LPA: B. Bartunek 0-0-3-6-3; I. Pearson 1-0-0-0-2; A. Erickson 3-0-4-4-10; N. Renner 1-0-1-2-3; J. Olson 0-1-3-4-6; A. Bailey 10-0-6-13-26; C. Zeller 1-0-1-4-3. Team: 16-2-18-33-56.