Saints Overpower Rambler Boys Basketball
Too many options, and too many scorers. That is the quick summary of the Three Rivers Conference crossover game on January 17th between the Cotter Boys and St. Charles.
The Saints received 27 points off the bench in a 76-39 win over the Ramblers at the Gostomski Family Gymnasium inside the John Nett Rec Center in Winona.
Saints Head Coach Terry Knothe had a distinct roster advantage over the Ramblers, and used it early and often. About 3 minutes into the game, up just 7-4, Knothe made a complete “line change” subbing out all of his starters for bench players. When the starters returned, about 5 minutes later, the Saints led 21-9, and Knothe’s main lineup was re-charged, and ready to play again. The complete “line change” didn’t happen often, but the Saints did use their bench throughout the game, allowing them to keep fresh legs on the court.
The Ramblers kept with the Saints early on, but the Ramblers short bench eventually caught up to them. Cotter received 4 points from their reserves, and Freshman Tate Gilbertson, who was recently called up to the Varsity squad, scored his first point, and recorded a few rebounds.
Laken Macal led Cotter with 15 points, while Talyn Gilbertson had 10, and Connor Yocum had 6.
St. Charles had 4 players score in double-digits, led by 14 from Sawyer Hander, 11 each from Sam Holtz and Drew Maloney, and 10 from Kooper Vaughn. Sam Linderbaum and Sam Lewis each contributed 7 off the Saints bench.
St. Charles connected on 11 3-point shots during the game, with 8 different players hitting a distance shot. Cotter was held to a single three, from Connor Yocum.
The Saints (10-3, 7-1) will be off until January 22, when they host La Crescent-Hokah (9-5, 6-2) while Cotter (4-11, 2-5) will travel to Chatfield (6-7, 2-60 on the 22nd for their next game. High School Hoops on HBC will be in Lewiston on January 22 as the Cardinal Girls (7-10, 3-7) host Wabasha-Kellogg (4-12, 2-8) in a game slated to start at 6pm.