Gravlin, Jaguar hoopsters scratch Loyola, 48-47
MANKATO — Paxton Gravlin delivered two clutch plays with only four-tenths of a second remaining in regulation to propel the Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars to a one-point Valley Conference basketball victory over the Mankato Loyola Crusaders Saturday night.
With the score tied at 47-all, Gravlin was fouled with less than a full second showing on the scoreboard, swooshed the first free throw and purposely missed the second charity toss to prevent a last-second shot by the Crusaders to exit Mankato with the 48-47 win.
Gravlin, who went 3-for-3 from 3-point range on the game, finished with a game-high 17 points for the Jaguars, while teammate Adam Heckman generated 11 points, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked four shots on the night.
Matt Heckman supplied four steals for the Jaguars, who made 14 of 30 shots from 2-point distance, 4 of 9 behind the 3-point arc and 8 of 11 at the free throw line.
The Jaguars held an 18-16 halftime advantage before fending off Loyola’s second-half comeback.
Ben Ellingworth and Brendan Kane each scored 10 points to pace Loyola’s effort.
The Jaguars (11-6, 5-2 Valley) travel to Sleepy Eye tonight.
North Union 73, Eagle Grove 49 — Noah Morphew paced both the Warriors’ offensive and defensive performances to top a 24-point Top of Iowa Conference triumph over the Eagles on Saturday night in Armstrong.
Morphew generated a game-high 22 points to complement pocketing a game-best six steals, while teammate Robert Ortman connected on three 3-pointers to highlight a 17-point effort to go with five rebounds.
Elliott Hagebock neared double-double territory by netting 11 points, while garnering a game-high eight rebounds and distributing four assists for North Union.
Braden Pierce scored 10 points, doled out a game-best seven assists and pocketed four steals to round out the Warriors’ win.
North Union made 21 of 38 shots from 2-point distance, 9 of 21 from behind the 3-point arc and 4 of 8 at the free throw line.
The Warriors built a 35-25 halftime lead and never trailed.
North Union (3-14) travels to Belmond-Klemme tonight for a rescheduled game in Belmond, Iowa.
North Union 73, Eagle Grove 31 — Vanessa Von Bank snapped the nets on a game-best seven 3-pointers to power the Warriors to a 42-point Top of Iowa Conference rout of the Eagles on Saturday in Armstrong.
Von Bank finished with 21 points for North Union, while teammate Chloe Lofstrom delivered yet another double-double performance in the victory.
Lofstrom scored a game-high 24 points, pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds and distributed a game-leading five assists.
Hope Steinberger contributed six points, a game-best six steals and four assists to the Warriors’ winning ways, while Maddie Rolling supplied six points, three assists and three steals.
Rory McClellan chipped in five points and six boards for the Warriors, who connected on 16 of 40 shots from 2-point distance, 10 of 25 behind the bonus arc and 11 of 17 at the free throw line.
The green-and-white clad home team led 44-21 at intermission and limited the Eagles to only 10 second-half points.
North Union (12-6) travels to Belmond-Klemme tonight for a rescheduled game in Belmond, Iowa.
New Ulm 62, Blue Earth Area 36 — Minnesota State University, Mankato commit Joey Batt poured in a game-best 24 points and pocketed eight steals to power the Eagles to a 26-point Big South Conference win over the Bucs on Saturday in Blue Earth.
Iyanna Wieland generated nine points and grabbed six boards for New Ulm, while teammate Ellie Bute chipped in nine points.
Senior forward Caitlin Rorman netted a team-best 14 points to pace Blue Earth Area’s effort.
Blue Earth Area (10-8) travels to St. Peter on Tuesday night for another Big South contest, while New Ulm (17-3) hits the road to Belle Plaine tonight for a non-league game.