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Burros limit M-C's Smith early, prevail

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Mabel-Canton's junior center Steve Smith is listed at 6'2". His weight isn't on the program, but he is not a small guy (260ish?). With soft hands and a good touch in close, he is the Cougar's most reliable weapon. With 35 and 28 point performances against Schaeffer Academy and Grand Meadow respectively, and a 22-plus point per game average, he is the definition of "a load down low.: All those accolades probably played a part in why Lanesboro head coach John Smith decided to press. The Burros harassment of the Cougar's guards didn't necessarily cause a multitude of turnovers. It did help keep the ball out of Steve Smith's hands. Resultantly, the Cougar big-man had only 4 first half points and the Burros had a 10-point halftime lead. Out of the break, Mabel-Canton engineered a 10-0 run and tied the game at 26. The Burros then made a run (7-0). By the time Steve Smith "got his," or scored 8 consecutive Cougar points, Lanesboro was ahead by 10 again and M-C was fouling in a desperate attempt to get within striking range. The Burros hit a bunch of free throws, 18 for the game, and walked away with a 68-49 win. Smith tallied 17 for M-C. Derek Curtis had 9 and 5 steals. Lanesboro got 17 from Braden Hanson, 14 from Jacob Rogers, and 9 each from Cory Strom and Shane Austin.

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