Irish edge Falcons 56-55

No. 21 Ben Reilley goes up for the rebound against Foley during the Maple Lake Holiday Tournament last week. Reilley had five rebounds and nine points against the Falcons. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

by Brenda Erdahl Sports Editor The Maple Lake boys basketball program hosted its annual Holiday Tournament Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14 and 1,5 and came away with one win and one loss. The Irish kicked off the two-day event Thursday evening against Foley with a narrow, one-point, 56-55 victory over the Falcons. On Friday, the Maple Lake team fell 77-59 to Holy Family Catholic. “Thursday was an exciting roller coaster ride of a game,” coach Tim Staloch said. “In the first half we moved the ball well on offense and got some good shots, but just had a hard time scoring. The second half we shot much better, but had a hard time getting defensive stops.” The Irish lost Alex Toedter to a sprained ankle early in the second half, but the remaining crew stepped up with renewed energy to keep Maple Lake in the game. A couple of clutch free throws towards the end allowed the Irish to hang on for the win. Joseph Stokman led with 16 points for the Irish and six rebounds. Mitch Hoistad had 12 points and Cole Trager and Ben Reilley each had nine. Trager also snagged 11 rebounds and had eight assists. The Maple Lake squad played some of its best basketball of the year in the first half against Holy Family Catholic, Friday, but a stretch in the second half where a few turnovers led to some easy baskets for the Fire put the Irish off track and the home team never recovered. Stokman secured 16 points for Maple Lake, along with two rebounds. Trager contributed 15 points and five rebounds, and Hoistad had 10 points and eight rebounds. The Irish were scheduled to host Dassel-Cokato, Tuesday, Dec. 19. On Thursday, Dec. 21, they travel to Kimball for a 7:15 p.m. game and then they don’t play again until Friday, Jan. 5, at 7:15 p.m. at Eden Valley-Watkins.

No. 21 Ben Reilley goes up for the rebound against Foley during the Maple Lake Holiday Tournament last week. Reilley had five rebounds and nine points against the Falcons.
(Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

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