The Battle Lake boys’ basketball team led 41-25 at the half Monday night in Rothsay and went on to post an 88-54 Little Eight Conference win over the Tigers at the Bill Rose Gymnasium. The Battlers made 45.5% (35-77) of their field goal attempts, including 12-of-34 (35.3%) from 3-point range. Rothsay hit just 38.5% (20-52) attempting 25 fewer shots due to being outrebounded 45-29 and turning the ball over 25 times.
"We played another complete game tonight in Rothsay,” commented Head Coach Brady Cameron of the Battlers. “All 5 starters were in double figures and all filled the stat sheets. We defended at a high level tonight limiting them to 38% shooting and turning them over 25 times, scoring 26 points off those turnovers. Rothsay did some different things defensively against us and our guys were able to adapt and still score at a high level. Mason Dalluge did another great job of filling the stat sheet coming up 1 rebound and 1 assist short of a triple-double. His passing ability this season has been great. Owen Buehler had a slow start to the night but got things going late in the 1st half and scored 29 points on the night. Rothsay denied Jack Mekalson and Drew Johnson throughout the night and they did a good job of moving and helping their teammates get open. It is always great to get conference road wins."
Buehler (29 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks), Johnson (16 points, 11 rebounds), Dalluge (10 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks), Mekalson (13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) and Bradyn Roisum (15 points, 7 rebounds) all finished in double digits. Jacob Radermacher delivered 4 assists.
Leaders for Rothsay were Matthew Danielson (13 points, 4 rebounds), Karson Jensen (12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Carson Weiers (9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists), Peyton Kadel (7 points, 4 rebounds), Preston Curtis (5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Peyton Christensen (5 points, 3 steals).
Battle Lake (11-3, 6-1 LEC) has won five in a row. They will host Frazee on Tuesday and play at Parkers Prairie on Friday.
Rothsay (1-11) will play at Ashby on Friday night.