Kruger records a triple-double and sets school record as Vikings top Blossoms

Published 10:11pm Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Hayfield senior Cole Kruger set a school record and put up a triple-double as he led the Vikings past Blooming Prairie 82-72 in BP Tuesday.

Kruger tallied 29 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the Vikings (13-3 overall) and he surpassed Kerry Linbo’s mark of 441 career assists to become Hayfield’s new career assist leader. Kruger, who is a four-year starter, leads Hayfield in points, assists and rebounds this season.

“Cole’s been a difference maker for four years,” Hayfield head coach Chris Pack said. “He has the ability to do everything and he makes everybody better. It’s hard on defenses when they have to decide whether to stop Cole or leave shooters open.”

Hayfield went 8-for-10 on 3s in the first half with five different players hitting from deep. They led by as many as 20 and BP got as close as eight in the second half.

John Rumpza had 26 points and seven rebounds for BP (9-6 overall).

Hayfield 49 33 — 82

BP 33 39 — 72

BP scoring: John Rumpza, 26; Anthony Nelson, 18; Jake Decker, 13; Brett Wacek, 6; Scott Romeo, 5; Weston Fiebiger, 2; field goals: 53 percent (30-for-56); 3-pointers: 46 percent (7-for-15); free throws: 62 percent (5-for-8)

Hayfield scoring: Cole Kruger, 29; Cam Rutledge, 18; Jeremy Stuart, 11; Carter Pesch, 8; Drew Streightiff, 8; Merrick Ducharme, 8; free throws: 69 percent (9-for-13)

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