Matt Royer has sacrificed his stats for a chance at something better.
A four-year starter for the Pequot Lakes Patriots basketball team, the senior has changed his style of play to fit a team concept.
During his junior campaign he reached 1,000 points for his career and earned all-Section 7, Class 2A and all-Park Region Conference honors.
Now a senior, his scoring has dropped as the talent around him has risen.
"This year I've played a different role," said Matt Royer. "I got a way from the shoot first mentality.
"It's a difference when you have four guys on the floor with you who can score. I would rather have 14 points and a win than a lot of points and a loss."
Despite not shooting as much, Royer still hit a milestone last week when he became Pequot's all-time leading scorer.
"It caught me by total surprise," said Matt Royer. "The coaching staff kept it a secret and they stopped the game to let everyone know, but it was better that they did it that way."
The forward broke the 45-year-old school record of 1,353 points set by Bob Bland. He stands at 1,400 points.
The senior scored 14 points vs. Henning Feb. 21 to gain the title. He added 12 points against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Feb. 19.
On the season, Matt Royer is averaging 14.4 points a game with a total of 333. He's also averaging 6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 steals a game. He's shooting 42 percent from the field.
Matt Royer's points-per game is down from last year, but his coach isn't concerned.
"Goals are important and records are important, but basketball is a total team effort," said Rad Royer. "Our team is much more balanced. There aren't very many teams that can match up to us. Of our points, 45 percent come from inside. We work the ball well to get the high-percentage shots."
With an all-round game and a 6-foot-4 frame, Matt Royer is one of the most complete players in the area. That has made him a top recruit for Gustavus-Adolphus College in St. Peter.
The senior can't wait for college, but he's not done with his high school career and won't be satisfied until the Patriots make it to state.
"This year, we have a team that has the tools to do a lot of damage," said Matt Royer. "We've been in summer leagues and tournaments together and it's been culminating up to this point.
"It's been a lot of fun. You get a taste of success in your mouth and it just goes for there."
Other notable performances:
Basketball -- Crosby-Ironton's Ben Baratto scored 31 points vs. Pine River-Backus and had 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Hermantown.
C-I's Tyler Scull scored 19 points vs. PR-B and 26 points vs. Hermantown.
Pillager's Adam Brown scored 23 points vs. Verndale. Teammate Lee Roberts added 19 points, six assists and four steals.
S-M's Dan Lund scored 56 points in wins over Wadena-Deer Creek, Brainerd and Bemidji.
Pierz's Dan Saehr collected 22 points and 11 rebounds vs. Big Lake.
Hockey -- Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin's Dustin Heins collected two goals and an assist against Sauk Centre.
Peter Herman of Little Falls finished with two goals and an assist vs. Morris-Benson and two goals and an assist against C-I/A.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Brandon Currie scored two goals against Willmar.
Wrestling -- Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Trevor Balbach, Jared Oyster, Joeb Oyster, Dave Voeltz and Cullen Captain advanced to the Class 1A state tournament.
Pierz's Nathan Janson, Joe Hyatt, Kyle Girtz, Nick Gruber, Craig Luberts, Dan Britz, Kevin Smude, T.J. Marshik and Steve Andres advanced to the Class 1A state tournament.
W-DC's Leland Brincefield, Logan Brincefield, Peter Hayes, Brett Braaten, Louie Vandermay, Kyle Trout and David Uselman advanced to the Class 2A state tournament.
Josh Bresnahan and Shane Walton of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus advanced to the Class 2A state tournament.
Aitkin's Jordan Keil and Matt Finlayson advanced to the Class 2A state tournament.
S-M's Beau Pilgrim advanced to the Class 2A state tournament.
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