MAPLETON - In a battle between two 20-win teams, the Northwest Conference's Laurens-Marathon Chargers beat the Western Valley Conference's Galva-Holstein Pirates in Boys' Class 1A District Tournament action 56-51 here on Feb. 26.
It was a tight game all the way. Laurens-Marathon held a 12-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, as G-H ran into early foul trouble. With Cole Egger, Patrick McAreavy and John Harris all contributing good minutes off the bench, though, the Pirates were able to post a one point lead at halftime, 27-26. L-M was back on top by three after the third quarter, though, and hung on to win by five, 56-51.
G-H coach Bob Lee said, "Taylor Nees was real active on the inside against their defense, and our guards, Jordan Else and Isaiah Miller, did a great job moving the ball and finding him."
No other Pirates scored in double figures. L-M was led by the three-pronged attack of Brett Wollum, who scored 17 points, Adam Woodin, who scored 16, and Ryan Stumbo, who had 15.
The Pirates made 16-23 free throws, and L-M cashed in 14-18.
Coach Lee said that one of his team's goals for the game was to win the battle of the boards, and they were able to achieve that goal.
"Laurens is a very talented team that was able to covert more possessions in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line than we were on this night."
Coach Lee stated that he was "real proud of all of our guys tonight. They played their hearts out against a very good team, and never gave up. We had a great season this year, winning 20 games and spending much of the season ranked in the Top Ten. Our seniors did a great job of leading us all year, and we will defnitely miss them next season,"
Galva-Holstein finishes the season with a splashy record of 20-4. Laurens-Marathon (20-2) went on to defeat Ar-We-Va (14-9) in Substate action on Feb. 28th at Dension, and advancied to the Class 1A State Tournament in Des Moines, which begins on March 9.