K-M keeps working to improve
In the early portion of the season, the win-loss record for the Kasson-Mantorville boys basketball team isn’t what they expected. With three losses dropping the KoMets to 1-6 on the season, it would be easy to say that things aren’t going the way they should.
However, K-M is showing improvement with each game and it believes that their work will pay off as the season goes along.
“Even though it doesn’t show it in the wins column, we are getting better every day,” K-M head coach Nick Pocius said. “Every game we are holding our opponents in scoring and right now we are trying to find our rhythm on offense.”
The KoMets week started when they hosted the Bears at Home Federal Arena on December 18. As the nightcap of a double-header with the girls team, there was a strong energy in the gym, and K-M used that to go into the locker room down 31-26 at halftime.
In the second half, Byton would pull away building their lead to 17 points in an eventual 61-47 victory. Jacob Hildebrand would lead the KoMets with 13 points in the defeat and Jace Bigelow would score 10 points and pull down six rebounds.
K-M would hit the road on December 20 to take on Winona in a rematch from a Section 1AAA playoff matchup that saw Jace Bigelow hit a clutch shot late to give the KoMets a victory. In his return to Winona, the sophomore would score 10 points and seven rebounds and be a part of a balanced scoring attack that saw seven different players get on the score sheet.
Unfortunately, the Winhawks defense was too much as K-M would shoot
just 26.2 percent from the floor. Winona also limited second chances with a 46-28 rebounding advantage that helped them lead throughout the game and take a 60-40 victory.
The KoMets would wrap up their week by returning home to host #5AA Lake City and the Tigers would be a
tough test for K-M. Easton Knoll would provide a spark for the KoMets going 4-for-5 from downtown on his way to 13 points but the team still couldn’t find its footing offensively shooting 36 percent from the floor.
K-M’s defense would keep them in it as the Tigers, who are deadly from outside the arc, shot just 10-for-30 from three point range. Lake City would adapt however and make a living inside the arc shooting 72.2% (13-for-18) and would pull away from K-M in the second half for a 65-43 victory.
Despite the rough week, Pocius remains optimistic with his squad that has been led by Bigelow’s 14 points per game this season. The team is buying into his concept and with some more hard work, the KoMets still have time to turn things around.
“Our field goal percentage and overall rebounding need to improve,” Pocius said when asked what could spark his team. “We will continue to work on these and with continual improvement, we hope we will s in the