Rebel boys knocked off by GoodhuePublished 12:22am Tuesday, February 25, 2014
ROCHESTER — The No. 4 seeded Southland boys basketball team hit a first half slump that proved costly as its season come to an end in a 68-41 loss to No. 1 Goodhue in the Section 1A West quarterfinals in Mayo Civic Center Auditorium Monday.
The Rebels (6-21 overall) pulled to within 13-8 when Josh Anderson hit a pair of free throws with 10:43 left in the game, but the Wildcats closed the first half on a 19-3 run that put the game out of reach.
“We were in the game and then they got that little cushion and we just couldn’t get back in it,”Southland head coach Matt Webber said. “We made a nice little run in the second half, but it was too little, too late. They outworked us in the first half. I thought we played better in the second half.”
Southland got as close as 16 a couple of times in the second half, but it couldn’t put together a serious run after it had fallen so far behind in the first half.
Southland sophomore Josh Anderson had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Southland will lose three starters to graduation in Trent Reinartz, Lukas Anderson and Alex Ruechel.
” They’ve been the mainstay all year and I got every thing out them that I could,” Webber said. “Josh has grown and developed and he can be a special player.”
Southland 11 30 — 41
Goodhue 32 36 — 68
Southland scoring: Josh Anderson, 14; Lukas Anderson, 11; Alex Reuchel, 8; Trent Reinartz, 4; Ike Kloeckner, 3; Jackson Koenigs, 1; free throws: 83 percent (15-for-18)