The Superior High School boys basketball team rebounded from Saturday’s 64-58 loss at Rochester Century with a 65-39 win Monday night at Proctor.
With the win, the Spartans improve to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the Lake Superior Conference. The Rails fall to 3-6 and 0-3.
“It was a nice win to get us back on track,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “I thought defensively we played well, and we got some pretty good looks all night on offense. I liked our balance with our scoring and the way we ran the lanes when we got the opportunities.
“I really like how unselfish we have been all season and how each kid believes in one another. They’re really playing like a team should and are only concerned about winning games, not who scores what. When you have that going for you, you know you have a chance to win every night.”
The Spartans got scoring from nine different players, led by Erick Tunell’s 12 points. Jordan Hughes added 11 points, Bryan Sanders had 10 and Ben Erickson added eight.
Henry Habermann led the Rails with 10 points.
The Spartans host Cloquet at 7:15 p.m. Thursday and Minneapolis Southwest at 3 p.m. Saturday.
“Thursday’s game against Cloquet is a big conference game, so it’s nice to have a couple of days to prepare for them and their size with two kids 6-foot-6 and 6-8.
The SHS freshmen improved to 8-0 with a 60-22 win, and the JV improved to 9-1 with a 68-11 win.
RC 64, SHS 58
The Spartans suffered their second defeat of the season Saturday at Rochester Century.
“I thought it was anyone’s game, definitely a game we could have won,” Kontny said. “It was a long trip but our kids played hard. After watching the film late last night I saw some things we need to work on, but that’s the game.”
Superior led 31-28 after the first half, but Rochester Century came out strong in the second half to outscore the Spartans 36-27.
“We had our chances but things did not go our way, and when they got some bounces their way down the stretch I thought that was the difference in the game,” Kontny said.
Leading all scorers for the night was Rochester Century’s Carter Evans. The 6-foot-10 senior scored 25 points.
Three Spartans finished in double figures. Tunell led the way with 19 points, Derek Kontny had 13 and Nick Melhum had 11.
Superior finished 3-of-6 from the free-throw line and made 11 3-point baskets. Rochester Century was 8-of-12 from the line.
Superior — Ben Erickson 8, Jordan Hughes 11, Carter Anderson 4, Nick Melhum 7, Derek Kontny 7, Matt O’Shaughnessy 3, Bryan Sanders 10, Erick Tunell 12, Anthony Valentine 3. Totals 27 7-12 65. 3-point goals — Hughes 2, Kontny, O’Shaughnessy. Free throws—7-of-12.
Proctor — Henry Habermann 10, Cody Stafford 7, Brett Pinney 2, Travis Carlson 7, Joe Thiry 3, Jordan Carey 3, Austin Tesser 1, Jordan Bergquist 2, Paul Hegstrom 2, Andrew Hendrickson 2. Totals 16 3-6 39. 3-point goals — Habermann 2, Stafford, Carlson. Free throws: 3-of-6.
Rochester Century 28-36— 64
Superior — Erick Tunell 19, Derek Kontny 13, Nick Melhum 11, Jordan Hughes 8, Carter Anderson 3, Ben Erickson 2, Anthony Valentine 2. 3-point goals — Tunell 4, Hughes 2, Kontny 2, Melhum 2, Anderson.
Rochester Century — Carter Evans 25, Sam Schwanberg 11, Matt Buettner 8, Jacob Riggott 8, Matthew Marks 7, Brandon Bocanegra 3, Peter Beiswanger 2. 3-point goals — Buettner 2, Bocanegra, Schwanberg.