12/19/2013 11:10:00 AM Two huge wins for Bomber boys
by Mike Dalton
The CFHS boys basketball team picked up two huge wins last week, beat #4 ranked Lourdes 54-53 and defending class AA state champion Minnehaha Academy 61-58.
They also let a golden opportunity escape them, losing to #7 ranked Maranatha Christian Academy 71-67.
The Maranatha loss started the week. Maranatha is a very athletic and talented team, coach Josh Davisson said, and the Bombers quickly fell behind 12-2. Cannon fought back to take a one-point halftime lead.
The game went back-and-forth most of the second half, but CFHS held a 2-point lead with 1:30 to play. "We didn't finish the game as well as we wanted," Davisson said. "That's on me."
Role players did exactly what they needed to do, Davisson said. Jordon Flemmons hit a big 3-pointer, Peter Haggerty was a huge spark off the bench, and Kyler Banks provided some late-game energy.
Brock Peterson finished with 20 points, Alex Bultena added 17, and Austin Noble had eight. Noble had seven rebounds and Hunter Johnson five assists.
The Bombers bounced back Friday against Lourdes, coming back to win by a point. Cannon trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half.
With about five minutes to play, Peterson hit a 3-pointer and Johnson had back-to-back steals, both leading to Tanner Carlson lay-ups. Cannon got the ball back, up a point with 1:30 to play, and were very patient, holding onto the ball until Lourdes finally fouled with 20 seconds to go. After a missed free throw and Lourdes timeout, the Bomber defense forced a long 3-point attempt that rattled in and out.
"I was very proud of the way the guys learned from the Maranatha game," Davisson said.
Noble really dug in defensively against Lourdes' 6'8" center Jacob Schaefer, Davisson said. Lourdes did a good job of limiting Peterson, but Bultena stepped up to score a career-high 27 points. Johnson added 10 points.
Minnehaha was the pre-season #1 seed, and they have a young, athletic and tall team. "This was a big test for us, coming off an emotional win the night before," Davisson said. "The win capped a good week of basketball against some very strong competition."
Johnson was outstanding, Davisson said, especially down the stretch. Bultena had another big game, and Flemmons provided an offensive spark off the bench. Johnson ended with 21 points, Bultena 15, and Noble had eight rebounds.
The Bombers were at Lake City on Tuesday. They host Triton on Friday, and will play in the St. Peter holiday tournament on Friday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 28.