Lopsided victories kick off BP boys season
There was nothing wrong with the offense, but Coach Nate Piller gave a lot of credit to the defense in a rout over NRHEG on the home court. The Awesome Blossoms defeated the Panthers 75-25 on Friday, Dec. 13.
Blooming Prairie held the visitors to just 10 points in the first half. BP led at the break 42-10.
“The boys played pretty well,” commented Piller, “especially in the first half. We were aggressive on both ends of the floor against an NRHEG team trying to get healthy from some crucial injuries.”
The Blossoms had three players reach double figures, with Kaden Thomas leading the way. Thomas counted 20 points, including 3 treys, and Zach Archer and Gabe Hagen both added 14 points. Twelve players scored in the contest.
“We do have to work on free throws,” concluded Piller. “We would hate to see a game depend on free throws, if the team wasn’t shooting much more than 50%. It was good to have Hagen back after his stint with the South team in the All-Star football game. We are off to a good start, and the goal now is to keep it going.”
“Without a great deal of practice,” remarked Coach Piller, “I didn’t know what to expect, but the boys took over in good shape.” The Blossoms rolled to a 73-40 victory over Bethlehem Academy Friday, Dec. 6. at Faribault.
It was a good way to open the season. Senior Kaden Thomas led the offense in defense of teammate Gabe Hagen, who was Minneapolis practicing for the MSHSL All-Star football game.
The offense had a little trouble getting started on offense, but great defense and good ball handling made up for the lack of scoring. The team eventually got the offense in gear, and the scoring followed. BP led at the half 40-19.
Thomas ended with 24 points, including four three-pointers. Karson Vigeland contributed 11 points, and Drew Kittelson added 9. Keck Robb led the Cardinals with 15 points, and J.J. Malecha added 9.