Blossom boys tame the Cobras
Following a tough 60-64 loss to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, the Blooming Prairie boys’ basketball team seems to have gotten back on track as they made it back-to-back wins by winning “pretty decisively,” as Coach Nate Piller put it, 63-50 over Triton on Thursday, Jan. 16.
The Awesome Blossoms took an eight-point lead, 31-23, into halftime.
Blooming Prairie really began to impose its will on the offensive and defensive side in the second half.
The boys allowed just one Triton player to score 10 or more points.
Thanks to their defense, the Awesome Blossoms led by 20 points late in the second half and that’s when Piller started to put his reserves in the game.
“I thought we were doing the right thing and started emptying our bench with better than five minutes left and that’s when Triton decided to start pressuring us and fouling to extend the game. We didn’t handle the pressure well at that point, and we missed free throws,” he said.
Triton got within 12 points in the final minute, but ran out of time.
On top of the convincing 63-50 win, Piller was pleased with the way his team played.
“I thought our boys played with class and finished off the game well,” he said.
Blooming Prairie Stats: Gabe Hagen scored 19 points, Karson Vigeland 14 points, Kaden Thomas 7 points, Isaac Ille 7 points, Jarrett Larson 6 points, Drew Kittleson 6 points, Zach Weber 2 points, and Parker Vaith 2 points.
BP tops Medford
The Blossoms easily defeated Medford 61-43 Jan. 14.
Blooming Prairie jumped out to a big first half lead only to have Medford pull it back near the end of the half and keep it competitive.
“The boys did a nice job of reestablishing the lead in the second half to pull out the win,” Coach Piller noted. “I thought our size and athleticism wore on them during the course of the game.”
Piller credited his team’s shooting with keeping them in the game. “But when they weren’t making baskets, our guys did a nice job rebounding,” he said.
Gabe Hagen led the Blossoms with 20 points while Karson Vigeland added 11.
Leading Medford’s scoring attack were A.J. Vandereide and Kael Hermanstore with 12 each.
The victories improved BP’s overall record to 9-1.
Medford travels to United South Central Friday night followed by a game at Hayfield on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
After a home game Tuesday, the Blossoms travel to Lyle-Pacelli Thursday night and they host Faribault Bethlehem Academy Friday night.