Lake City Boys Pick Up Where They Left Off
The reigning Section 1AA champion Lake City Tigers boys’ basketball team started their promising season with a 65-43 win over the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars.
The Tigers started off with a 10-0 lead but allowed the Cougars to get back in the game for a short period before regaining their momentum in the second half.
Both Charlie White and Zach Bremer were assessed 2 fouls and sat before the half way point of the first half.
The Cougars pulled within a 6-point deficit by halftime and were doing their best to give an early season scare to the Tigers who are ranked 8th in the class 2A rankings.
The Second half is where the Tigers played their best basketball despite poor shooting performances by Mark Kjos and Nate Heise.
The Tigers however, didn’t need strong shooting due to their lights out defense that held the Cougars to an 18 point second half, most of which came late when the score was already out of hand.
Reid Gastner lead the team with 9 points in the second half, including going 2 for 2 from the free throw line.
Overall the Tigers were led by Nate Heise with 19 points and Marc Kjos right behind him with 13 points.
The Tigers made just under 10 3-pointers a game last year but could only make 5 including 2 early 3-pointers by Kjos to start the scoring in the game.
The only 3-pointer hit in the second half was by Reid Gastner, who finished the game with 11 points.
The Cougars only had one player reach double digit scoring, Willy Heitman with 11 points.
Zach Hutton was the Cougars next top scorer with 9 points.
The Cougars had only 4 3-pointers and struggled heavily from the free throw line going 7-16. The Tigers also struggled last night finishing 12-22 from the charity stripe.
The Tigers next game is Saturday in Mapleton where they will take on the Maple River Eagles.
Written by Spencer Ellingson