St. Michael-Albertville shot 54 percent from the field, including 63 percent from 3-point, and jumped out to a 41-27 halftime edge leading to a 62-46 non-conference win over the Brainerd Warriors Saturday.
Nick Schwen led the Warriors with 13 points and eight rebounds, but Brainerd shot 4-of-26 from 3-point and 37 percent from the field. It only attempted 10 free throws compared to SMA’s 24.
“We played with great effort again, but ran into a hot shooting team from the 3-point line,” said Brainerd head coach Scott Stanfield. “Once they got ahead they went zone and we had difficulty making shots from outside. We were not comfortable in our zone offense. They were much bigger inside, which made things difficult once we got it down low.
“Free throw shooting is also hurting us this year and we will need to improve in that area.”
SMA received 22 points from Jackson Greenwaldt and 19 from Dallas Freeman.
Grant Reuer scored nine points to go with four assists for Brainerd.
“Our kids worked hard, but we appeared to be a little tired after playing at Alexandria and getting in late. Some balls we normally get to go we didn’t (Saturday).”
SMA 41 21 — 62
Brainerd 27 19 — 46
Jackson Greenwaldt 22, Noah Evans 2, Dallas Freeman 19, Trevor Rothstein 7, Jaylen Hakes 5, Brian Sukalski 6. FG 19-35 (54 percent), FT 14-24 (58 percent). 3-point 10-16 (63 percent).
DJ Kraemer 7, Logan McElfresh 2, Grant Reuer 9, Logan Madsen 3, Isaiah Smith 6, Nick Schwen 13, Kobe Ahonen 2. FG 19-52 (37 percent), FT 4-10 (40 percent). 3-point 4-26 (15 percent). Overall: 5-6. Next: hosts Willmar 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.