Offense Soars against Spectrum

Aiden Staloch

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The Irish picked up a big section win Monday, February 3 against the Spectrum Sting. After a high scoring back and forth first half, Maple Lake led 42-37. The second half started the same as the first left off, and continued to be a tight game. The Irish began to pull away midway through the second half. The Sting had a late game surge though and cut the lead down to 3. With solid free throw shooting and a few late buckets, Maple Lake was able to hang on to win 74-68.

 

The Irish boys were led in scoring by Senior Jackson Berscheid who had a 31 point and 11 rebound double-double. “They were a really quick team, but it was one of the rare occasions where the other team did not have a size advantage, so we were able to dominate the glass and grab offensive rebounds,” said Berscheid. Berscheid believes their offensive success was due to how well they moved the ball around and rotated the defense, which allowed them to get easy layups and scores. 

 

Junior Brayden Belanger also added a 11 point and 14 rebound double-double of his own. Senior Aiden Staloch contributed 23 points with 7 assists and 6 rebounds. “They were a very aggressive team, so we were able to use that to our advantage with backdoor cuts and by driving in where there was little helpside,” said Staloch. While Staloch was happy with the win he thinks they can play better on both ends of the floor. “I think we played really well offensively but definitely have a lot to improve on defensively. There haven’t been many games where we have put together a great offensive and defensive game, and I think when we do we are going to be a dangerous team,” he added. Staloch is excited to continue improving in the rest of the season and is hoping to still get a home playoff game.

 

Junior Ryley Hagen chipped in 9 points, shooting 3-6 from three. Hagen had positive feedback from the game and said, “I thought it was an all around really good game and we played well as a team. Offensively we ran our plays correctly and made the most of our opportunities.” Hagen is confident wins are going to keep coming, and is excited to finish the year strong.

 

The Irish take the court next at Royalton against the Royals on February 6. This is Royalton’s first year in the conference and while the Irish edged them out in a defensive battle in their first meeting, they know they will have to play well to knock them off again.