The Isle Huskies boys basketball record moved to 9-1, and 5-9 in the Great River Conference, following a split of two games last week–a win over McGregor and a loss to Hinckly/Finlayson. The Huskies travel to Wrenshall for a non-conference game against the Wrens Feb. 24, then wrap up the regular season with a road game versus Carlton on Feb. 28, before prepping for the postseason.
“We came out firing on all cylinders scoring 48 first-half points on the coat-tails of 17 points from Lucas Gross and 16 from Teagen Haggberg while holding the Mercs to just 29 points” was how Isle coach Travis Turgeon described his team’s first-period performance against the McGregor Mercs on Feb. 18. Turgeon mentioned how the second half was a different story.
McGregor had cut Isle’s lead to five points before the Huskies defense and some timely offense by Willy Stalker and Haggberg proved enough to earn the 10-point, 85-75 win.
A highlight for Isle in the win was Haggberg breaking the single-game rebounding record of 22 held by him and Neil Karg when he hauled down 14 offensive and 15 defensive rebounds to set a new school total of 29.
McGregor 29 46 75
Isle 48 37 85
Scoring: Haggberg 27, Gross 20, Stalker 20, Buehring 10, Big Bear 7, Risvold 1.
It was a battle of back and forth for the Isle Huskies and the Hinckley/Finlayson Jaguars, who squared off on Feb. 21. Each team held leads during the first half with the Huskies holding a slim 36-35 lead by intermission. “It seemed like Hinckley had a counter-move to every adjustment we tried to make throughout the game, and we ended up losing a close one, 68-55,” said Turgeon.
Rush City 35 33 68
Isle 36 19 55
Scoring: Gross 21, Stalker 16, Haggberg 7, Smith 5, Buehring 3, Big Bear 3.