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Boys basketball: Minnewaska sinks ACGC

GLENWOOD --Minnewaska handed Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City its first West Central Conference loss of the season 85-75 on Monday night. Austin VerSteeg poured in a team-high 23 points and Riley Thompson scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the...

Austin VerSteeg
Minnewaska’s Austin VerSteeg, left, prepares to take a shot as Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City’s Gabe Eisenbacher defends on Monday in Glenwood. VerSteeg led the Lakers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. TRIBUNE / Tom Larson

GLENWOOD -Minnewaska handed Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City its first West Central Conference loss of the season 85-75 on Monday night.
Austin VerSteeg poured in a team-high 23 points and Riley Thompson scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the victorious Lakers. ACGC shot a grade D from the free throw line, going 17-for-26.
Minnewaska jumped out of the gate fast, taking an 11-1 lead in the first three minutes of the game. The Lakers kept the lead at 10 points, 15-5, about seven minutes in.
ACGC chipped away with its press, getting some steals and buckets, and took the lead 22-21 with 9:04 left in the half. But Minnewaska regained its composure and again bolstered its lead to 10, 41-31 around the two-and-a-half minute mark in the first half.
After the break, ACGC would play a game of catch-up, but could never fully get in front of the Lakers.
The Falcons’ Brody Larson scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half, while Alex Hendicks scored a game-high 27 points in the loss.
Both teams don’t play until the beginning of 2015, with Minnewaska taking on Osakis at home on Jan. 3, while ACGC will battle Sauk Centre on Jan. 6.
Minnewasks 85, ACGC 75
ACGC (6-1, 10-3) 37 38 - 75
Minnewaska(4-3, 4-4) 45 40 - 85
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
27-64 FG; 17-26 FT; n/a fouls … Scoring: Brody Larson 26, Alex Hendricks 27, Andrew Gratz 4, Walker Youngblom 2, Jaden Amdahl 5, Adam Johnson 6, Gabe Eisenbacher 5 … 3-point shots: Hendricks 3, Larson 1 … Rebound leader: Johnson 10… Assist leader: Larson 7 … Steal leader: Gratz 3
Minnewaska
33-64 FG; 14-20 FT; 20 fouls … Scoring: Michael Gruber 12, Riley Thompson 14, Justin Amundson 4, Matt McIver 14, Greg Helander 14, Austin VerSteeg 23, Brandon French 4 … 3-point shots: McIver 3, Thompson 1, Gruber 1 … Rebound leader: Thompson 11 … Assist leader: three at 5 … Steal leader: McIver 4

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