The Mayer Lutheran boys’ basketball team continues to surprise, and be surprised, this season after handily defeating Spectrum last week, but then being upset by conference competitor Tri-City United a few days later.
In a 50-point blowout on Feb. 12, the Crusaders dominated the Spectrum Sting 72-22. After scoring 51 first-half points, and limiting Spectrum to five, the Sting rallied in the second half, but were still outscored 21-17 by LHS.
Junior Anthony Gruenhagen led the Crusader charge with 14 points, assisted by teammates junior Chad Anenson (11) and senior Tanner Luebke (11). Also scoring for the Crusaders were junior Cole Buttenhoff (7), sophomore Taylor Otterstatter (5), senior Phil Burfeind (4), junior Brandon Wroge (4), junior Mason Diedrick (4), freshman Sam Schlueter (4), senior Dustin Edmison (2), and freshman Jack Mocol (2).
In what should have been an easy win for LHS on Feb. 14, the Crusaders were upset by the Titans of Tri-City United, a team that was just 5-15 and slumming at the bottom of the conference. Proving that any team can win any given game, the Titans won 65-57.
Mayer Lutheran is currently 13-8 this season with an 8-4 Minnesota River Conference record (second). The Crusaders will finish the regular season on the road over the next two weeks including games at Watertown-Mayer (Feb. 22), Holy Family Catholic (Feb. 25), and Heritage Christian (March 1).
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