Boys Basketball: Janson, Pioneers light up Rockets

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Pierz senior Caleb Janson throws down a dunk off of an alley-oop pass, Tuesday. Janson finished with 36 points and 22 rebounds in the Pioneers' 98-80 win.

The only thing in doubt after the opening minutes of Tuesday’s boys basketball game between Pierz and Rockford Area was whether or not the Pioneers would break the century mark.

While Pierz came up two points short, it still ran right over the Rockets, earning a 98-80 Central Minnesota Conference win.

Leading the fast-paced demolition was senior Caleb Janson, who struck for 36 points and 22 rebounds before being lifted in the final minutes with the game well in hand.

Senior point guard Preston Weber scored 16 points and dished out eight assists to orchestrate much of the attack from the perimeter.

Senior Logan Meyer (15) and junior Cullin Carter (12) also reached double figures.

Senior Dylan Smieja (8), juniors Ben Boser (6) and Josh Templin (2), senior Kevin Mitchell (2) and junior Cole Reardon (1) capped the scoring.

The game was played at Halenbeck Hall at St. Cloud State.

Pierz was scheduled to play at Kimball Area, Friday.

Pierz junior Josh Templin soars to the hoop to lay in a basket during the second half of Tuesday's game. Templin also had five assists and three rebounds in the win.

Pierz 98, Rockford Area 80

Pierz        51 47 – 98
Rockford  35 45 – 80

Pierz—Caleb Janson, 36 (22 rebounds); Preston Weber, 16 (8 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals); Logan Meyer, 15 (3 rebounds); Cullin Carter, 12 (3 rebounds); Dylan Smieja, 8; Ben Boser, 6; Kevin Mitchell, 2; Josh Templin, 2 (5 assists, 3 rebounds); Cole Reardon, 1.