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Three in a row for Gael boys

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Connor Bocken of St. Edmond shoots around Eagle Grove’s Fransico Gonzalez on Monday. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

HAMPTON — The St. Edmond boys basketball team kept Hampton-Dumont/CAL at bay, as the Gael defense held strong to earn a 59-49 victory on Monday night.

The Gaels (4-7 overall, 2-5 North Central Conference) trailed 19-18 at the end of the first quarter, but a strong defensive effort, held the Bulldogs (2-8, 0-7) to four points, giving the Gaels an 11-point advantage at the break.

“(In the second quarter) we were strong on the defensive end,” said St. Edmond head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “We did a lot better job with ball screens and did a better on switching.

“Defensively we played well through out the game.”

The Bulldogs kept the contest tight in the third and start of the fourth quarter. The Gaels led by 14 with six minutes to go in the third period. H-D/C had the ball down five in the fourth quarter, but turned the ball over and Connor Bocken came down to nail a three and push the lead to eight.

“I have to give them credit, they played well,” Kochendorfer said. “They played more man-to-man defense and that seemed to help them play better.”

Bocken led the Gaels with 22 points. He hit five three pointers. Cael Kolacia was next in line with 14 points and point guard Jed Tracy had 11, including a triple.

Drew Schaeffer had five rebounds and four assists, while Tracy had six assists for the Gaels.

Jace Spurgeon led the Bulldogs with 11 points, while Jordan Severs added 10 and Wyatt Sutter had nine.

The Gaels are back in action on Thursday when they travel to South Hamilton.

ST. EDMOND 59, HAMPTON-DUMONT/CAL 49

St. Edmond — Connor Bocken 22, Cael Kolacia 14, Jed Tracy 11, Hayden Mayer 4, Brock Stanek 2, Jackson Bemrich 2, Drew Schaeffer 2, Jerris Duncan 2.

Hampton-Dumont — Jace Spurgeon 11, Wyatt Sutter 9, Drew Uhlenhopp 6, Benji Sauke 5, Mario De La Cruz 5, Carson Miller 2, Jordan Severs 10, Colin Hill 1.

Quarter scores: H-D/C led 19-18, SE led 33-22, 46-37.