Boys basketball: Superlarks rally past Alden-CongerPublished 11:14pm Friday, December 27, 2013
GRAND MEADOW — Grand Meadow senior Trenton Bleifus may a bit of a reluctant shooter, but when he gets aggressive the Superlarks can score points in bunches.
Bleifus hit 4 straight 3s to open the second half and Grand Meadow rallied to a 64-40 win over Alden-Conger (0-8 overall) in the first day of the GM tournament Friday.
The Larks led just 30-29 early in the second half, but Bleifus’s shooting helped propel them to an 11-0 run.
“Trenton has free reign,” GM head coach Bob Burmester said. “I told him if he’s open, he’d better be shooting. He’s such a great team player that he thinks he shoots too much at times, but he’s our best player and we encourage him to shoot when he’s open. He did that tonight.”
Bleifus, who had 22 points, three steals and three assists Friday, said he feels good about his shot when he’s in a good rhythm. But he doesn’t want to take away chances from his teammates.
“Once I know I can make one I have the confidence to keep making them,” he said. “I’ll shoot when it comes, I just don’t want to be that ball hog that everybody doesn’t like on the team.”
The Larks (2-5 overall) had a late start to their basketball season as they just finished winning the Class nine man state football title less than a month ago. The team has played a hectic schedule as its played seven games in 17 days and practices have been few and far between.
Bleifus said he’d rather practice than play games at this point as the team is still adjusting to playing together.
“We’re not all there yet,” he said. “We’ve got some progressing to do.”
Landon Jacobson had 23 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in the win for GM.
AC 19 21 — 40
GM 24 40 — 64
GM scoring: Landon Jacobson, 23; Trenton Blefius, 23; Isaac Tangen, 7; Michael Stejskal, 4; Trent Tangen, 3; Zach Wylde, 2; Jordan Miland, 2; free throws: 83 percent (10-for-12); rebounds: 30 (Jacobson, 11); turnovers: 13