SE boys’ rally falls just short

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla
Charlie Doyle of St. Edmond shoots a three point against Hampton-Dumont on Friday

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Charlie Doyle of St. Edmond shoots a three point against Hampton-Dumont on Friday

CLEAR LAKE — The St. Edmond boys nearly pulled off a come-from-behind road win here Friday night before winding up with a tough 55-53 setback against Clear Lake.

After falling behind by as many as 10 points early, the Gaels (4-5 overall, 3-2 in the North Central Conference) climbed within a single bucket late. A jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it didn’t quite fall, though.

Sophomore Andrew Gibb scored 20 points and senior Charlie Doyle added 14 for St. Edmond, which lost to South Hamilton Thursday night, 74-45.

“It would have been easy for the kids to throw in the towel, especially after they got down early, but they battled and scrapped back,” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “Andrew hit a couple of three-pointers, we had a block/charge call that didn’t go our way, and we missed a couple of late free throws. Those things happen, though, when you are on the road.

“More importantly, I was happy with the defensive effort in the fourth. If we can do that earlier in games, we’ll have success.”

Nick Simpson added 10 points, while Will Woodruff finished with seven, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

“We started trapping and forced some turnovers late,” Kochendorfer said. “Will had some big steals and we were able to get it close.”

Clear Lake (4-5, 3-2) snapped a four-game losing streak with the win. Zach Lester scored 29 and Thomas Storbeck 22 for the Lions, who lost three of their games this year by four points or less.

St. Edmond returns to the court on Tuesday when they host Newell-Fonda.

CLEAR LAKE 55, ST. EDMOND 53

St. Edmond — Andrew Gibb 20, Charlie Doyle 14, Nick Simpson 10, Will Woodruff 7, Jackson Kochendorfer 2.

Clear Lake — Zach Lester 29, Thomas Storbeck 22, Jared Penning 2, Bryan Atkinson 2.

Quarter scores: Clear Lake led 15-8, 24-21, 36-28.

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