1/8/2013 1:32:00 PM Boys defeat Lourdes on buzzer-beater
Boys take third at Tartan holiday tourney
By Chris Pack
Cole Kruger hit a runner from the free throw line as time expired to give the Hayfield boys basketball team a 51-49 win over Rochester Lourdes on Friday, December 21st. The Vikings overcame a 26-19 halftime deficit, led by Kruger and Brady Kramer. Together they scored 28 of the 32 second half points and finished with 40 of the team's 51. Kruger finished with 22 points (18 in the second half) and eight rebounds, while Kramer netted 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Trevor Anderson chipped in nine points and six rebounds.
Over the holiday break, the Vikings traveled to the Twin Cities to take part in the 8-team Tartan Holiday Tournament. In their first round game the Vikings took on the #7 ranked team in class AAA, Spring Lake Park. Hayfield jumped out to an 18-2 lead and eventually led 38-26 at halftime. Spring Lake Park made a couple comebacks in the second half, but each time the Vikings answered with a run of their own. The Vikings held on for a 70-59 victory. Cole Kruger led the team with 31 points (13-15 on free throws) and eight rebounds. Brady Kramer added 13 points, and Trevor Anderson contributed 11 points, including three three-pointers. Jeremy Stuart also had eight points and eight rebounds, and Brady Stevens had team-highs of nine rebounds and five assists.
In the semi-finals, Hayfield battled class AAAA Centennial. The Vikings started fast again, jumping out to an 11-4 lead behind Trevor Anderson's three three-pointers. Centennial changed out of their match-up zone to a pressure man-to-man defense and really gave the Vikings trouble. The Cougars led 37-25 at halftime and cruised to a 78-52 win. Brady Kramer led the Vikings with 19 points and Cole Kruger added 15. Hayfield only committed five turnovers for the whole game, but only shot 32% from the field.
In the third-place game, the Vikings played another class AAAA school, Rogers. After Rogers got ahead by as many as nine in the first half, Hayfield cut the lead to 35-32 by halftime. Rogers again stretched the lead to as many as nine in the second half and led 57-50 with nine minutes remaining. Hayfield then went on an 11-0 run over the next six minutes to take their first lead of the game and never trailed again, ending up with a 66-61 victory and third-place in the tournament. Cole Kruger again led the Vikings with 26 points and six rebounds, while Brady Kramer added 15 points and seven rebounds. Jeremy Stuart had a team-high nine rebounds, and Drew Streightiff added seven key points off the Viking bench. With the win, the Vikings improved to 7-2, and 1-0 in the HVL Gold, and are currently ranked #9 in the latest class AA poll.