By Tyler Ohmann
Swanville’s boys basketball team snarled out to a 10-0 lead in a rivalry match-up against Upsala, Tuesday.
The early lead led to a 58-42 victory in Swanville’s gymnasium.
“Spotting them that 10-0 run to start really hurt us, and we came out a little flat,” said Upsala head coach Joey
Fuchs. “After that we picked it up and kind of played with them the rest of the way.”
Loven said the crowd was a big reason why the Bulldogs came out with so much energy.
“It’s always fun to have to the energy of the crowd,” Loven said. “That always gives you a boost.”
The Bulldogs led the Cardinals throughout, and were up 35-21 at half.
Swanville used its height to an advantage inside, getting the ball inside via the drive and post-up.
“We want to try and work the ball around as much as we can, and most of our buckets came from the inside, we aren’t exactly a three-point shooting team,” said senior Carter Loven who poured in 12 points and grabbed a team-best 13 rebounds.
Lawerence Mettler and Bennett Primus added 14 points each.
“We usually are undersized, so we have to pack the paint, and work harder,” Fuchs said.
The Cardinals were led by Myron Ripplinger’s 12 points on four three pointers. The deep ball is often key for Upsala’s offense according to Fuchs.
“Once we are taking shots that we want, we shoot pretty well,” Fuchs said. “That’s been our struggle is finding consistent scoring.”
Brandon Wolbeck added 10 points and six boards in the losing effort for Upsala.
For the Bulldogs, the win was their fourth in a row, all coming after the winter break began.
“It’s a big push forward, because we’ve kind of gotten on a roll since Christmas, and we want to stay on that,” Loven said. “Beating Upsala is a big step for us.”
“It’s a huge rivalry, so it is always fun,” Loven continued. “Both of our teams are on a uphill battle right now, so it’s good to pull out a win.”
The Bulldogs (6-4) travel to Browerville-Eagle Valley, Thursday for their next contest.
Upsala (2-9) travels to take on Osakis, Thursday.
Royals upended by Osakis
Despite trailing by six points at halftime, the Royalton boys basketball team dropped its eighth contest in nine games, Tuesday at Osakis.
The Silver Streaks wound up downing the Royals 54-43, dropping Royalton to 2-9 on the season.
Matt Daledain led Royalton with nine points.
Royalton will host St. John’s Prep in another Prairie Conference match-up, Thursday.