STAPLES - The outcome of Saturday's game between the Staples-Motley Cardinals and the Hawley Nuggets was a win-win proposition for the Peterson family.
A Cardinals win would give S-M head coach Lynn Peterson his 600th career win, while a Hawley victory would give coach Trevor Peterson, Lynn's son, his first career victory.
As is turned out, it was Trevor's and the Nuggets' night as Hawley dismantled the Cardinals 127-73 in a non-conference game, thus postponing Lynn's place in Minnesota basketball immortality.
"My team came out and played exactly how I wanted them to play," Trevor Peterson said. "On the other hand I wish my dad would hurry up and get his 600th win. It was either going to be my first win or his 600th so I couldn't lose either way. I'll still show up for Christmas and have a good time."
Despite the loss, which was the second-straight game the Cardinals allowed 100 points, Lynn Peterson was happy it was to his son.
Lynn Peterson was denied his 600th career win Saturday as the Hawley Nuggets, coached by his son, won 127-73.
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"I hate to give him his first win but somebody had to do it and I was glad to be a part of that," Lynn Peterson said. "My first objective was to win and we were both going to get after it. I hope they go undefeated but I would've liked to have seen Trevor with one loss, that being (Saturday). But I'm happy for him, they waxed us pretty good and they deserve it."
The Cardinals shot out of the gates in the opening minutes as Derek Orth and Eric Huber converted three-point plays to give S-M its only lead at 6-4. Orth led the Cardinals with 18 points while Chris Jansson added 14 and Huber finished 13.
After the early lead, the Nuggets went on a 17-0 run to grab a 21-6 lead. Hawley then opened up leads of 25, 29 and 35 points before closing out a frenzied first half with a 75-42 lead.
Much of Hawley's first-half success was due to a trapping defense that forced numerous Cardinal turnovers. The Nuggets took advantage of those mistakes and turned them into fastbreak baskets.
"Hawley's defense created turnovers and they got easy layups," Lynn Peterson said. "When you get easy layups it gives them a chance to set the defense and go right back at it. The turnovers put us behind the eight ball right away."
Hawley's Andrew VanHavermact and Cory Mattson were the main beneficiaries of the Nuggets' fastbreak machine. Mattson finished with 26 points, 24 coming in the first half. VanHavermact, a 6-foot-3 junior, poured in 27 first-half points and finished with a school-record 48 points.
"Andrew is a special player," Trevor Peterson said. "I've never met a junior that is more equipped with tools than Andrew. He can play anywhere on the court and can do anything. It's fun to have him on this team. I felt kind of bad leaving him in to get the school record but I know my dad would've done the same thing."
So for now, Lynn Peterson's quest to become just the fourth boys' basketball coach to win 600 games is on hold. But right now, Lynn Peterson just wants a win, any win, to give his squad some much needed confidence.
"The 600th win is going to come sometime, Lord willing," said Lynn Peterson. "Sooner rather than later would be nice because it'd be a win and our kids need a win more than I need my 600th win."
Hawley 75 52 - 127
Staples-Motley 42 31 - 73
Cory Mattson 26, Ryan Barnick 15, Andrew VanHavermact 48, Brady Harms 11, Grant Aakre 6, Jake Grefsrud 2, Travis Underwood 4, Nicolai Baer 3, Joe Ross 6. FG 50-80 (63 percent), FT 24-31 (77 percent). Three-point baskets: 4 (Mattson 2, Barnick, Baer).
Wade Anderson 1, Nathan Rinas 3, Derek Orth 18, Derek Wolhowe, Ryan Halverson 7, Caleb Nurnberger 9, Colton Thompson 2, Chris Jansson 14, Eric Huber 13, Jordan Riewer 2,. FG 25-80 (31 percent), FT 11-23 (48 percent). Three-point baskets: 8 (Orth 3, Jansson 3, Halverson 2).
TROY GUNDERSON can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5865.
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