Boys Basketball: Swanville rallies past Royalton 64-62

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor
patrick.slack@mcrecord.com

Royalton senior Brandon Lattimer, left, goes up for a shot, but meets resistance from Swanville junior Colten Kruzel, Tuesday.

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The Swanville boys basketball team demonstrated its resiliency at Royalton, Tuesday, pulling out a 64-62 come-from-behind win.

The Bulldogs fell behind 15-7 early in the game, then kept clawing at the Royals’ lead before finally drawing even at 25-25 with 3:28 left in the first half.

After trading baskets, though, the Royals closed the final two minutes of the half on an 8-0 run, taking a 35-27 edge into the break.

Instead of folding, however, the Bulldogs got right back into it, outscoring the Royals 37-27 over the final 18 minutes to earn the win.

Swanville senior Derek Pfeiffer, left, and Royalton senior Steve Hoff scramble for possession of a loose ball, Tuesday.

It was the second game decided by two points between the teams this season, with the road team winning each time.

Junior Tren Dinius instigated the bulk of the Swanville offense, draining a game-high 19 points.

Junior Austin Mollner and freshman Jordan Sales added 11 points apiece.

Junior Luke Wentland had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Royals, while seniors Dan Anshus and Steve Hoff each contributed 14 points.

Senior Tyler Makela added nine points and distributed four assists.

Swanville hosts Class AA’s eighth-ranked Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, while Royalton travels to Class A’s fourth-ranked Browerville, Friday.

 

Swanville 64, Royalton 62

Swanville  27 37 – 64
Royalton   35 27 – 62

Swanville—Tren Dinius, 19 (8 steals); Austin Mollner, 11; Jordan Sales, 11 (12 rebounds, 10 steals); Derek Pfeiffer, 8 (4 assists); Cody Mollner, 6; Colten Kruzel, 5 (7 rebounds); Aaron Miller, 4.

Royalton—Luke Wentland, 15 (10 rebounds); Dan Anshus, 14 (6 rebounds); Steve Hoff, 14; Tyler Makela, 9 (4 assists); Matt Silbernick, 5.

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