Irish boys fall in Holiday Tournament


On Thursday, Dec. 19, the Maple Lake boys basketball team hosted the annual Holiday Tournament. Participating teams included the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity Bulldogs, Foley Falcons, Mayer Lutheran Crusaders and the Irish. The Irish started in the second game of the tournament playing the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity Bulldogs.
The Irish started off the game strong. Maple Lake took the lead in the first half with a score of 36-20. In the second half the Irish let the Bulldogs catch up with the Irish scoring 21 points and the Bulldogs scoring 37. That brought the game to a 57-57 tie. The teams had to battle it out in overtime where the Bulldogs scored 8 points and the Irish scored 5. The Irish picked up a hard loss by a score of 65-62.
“The first half was the best basketball we have played all year,” head coach Tim Staloch said. “Unfortunately we didn’t shoot very well in the second half and let them back in the game. I was proud of the way our guys battled and played together.”
Senior Zach Johnson and Junior David Stokman led the team scoring 13 points each. Johnson and Stokman also both grabbed seven rebounds and dished three assists. 
More information and stats appear in this week's Messenger.