The Sleepy Eye Indians headed to Madelia to take on the Blackhawks in the Valley Conference showcase and walked away with a tough 62-60 defeat.
The game had the makings of a great match up a lot like many of the games the Indians have played this season.
The first half was marked by back and forth scoring, with the Indians ultimately taking 30-29 lead compliments of a Mickey Medrano three-pointer at the buzzer.
Madelia slowly pulled away and took a nine point lead with two min to play.
Sleepy Eye battled back to 62-60 with a chance to tie at the end of the game, but the shot bounced off the rim ending the Indian’s effort.
"We fought back with a great effort and had a chance at the end. Mickey [Medrano] had a great night shooting, Brandon [Polesky] and Tyler Netzke also had solid games," Commented Head coach Brian Polesky.
Leading the scoring effort by Madelia was Kendall Peterson, who scored 22 on the night. Peterson’s 22 points were enough to break a long standing school scoring record of 1277 points, set back in 1953, by Leroy German, who was in attendance at the game.
Leading the way for Sleepy Eye was Mickey Medrano with 25 points and 3 steals. Brandon Polesky added 18 points and eight assists. And Tyler Netzke put up 10 points and came down with nine rebounds.
The next action the Indians saw was Monday night at home against the St. Peter Saints, one of the top teams in the state, and they showed the Indians why that is.
This game was a a mismatch from the start. St. Peter is taller, quicker and a downright great ball team. The Indians were outsized, outmatched and outplayed for the entire 36 minutes, and nothing they tried worked. The pace was too fast for the Indians’ slower style gameplay. The inside game didn’t work because the Saints were too tall. And the outside game didn’t work because of a stiff Saints defensive presence.
The Saints went on a 6-0 run right out of the gate and just 10 minutes into the contest had already put 34 easy points on the board while the Indians struggled to get 11. At the end of the first half of play The Indians were on the downside of a 56-23 score.
The second half was much of the same. Sleepy Eye would put up a shot that missed and because of the height difference had difficulty coming down with the rebound, and if they did, it was often accompanied with a foul.
The end result of this David and Goliath match saw St. Peter walk away with a convincing 87-34 blowout of the Indians.
The Saints saw four players enter into double figures in the scoring column. Senior guard, Joey Bartlett led the Saints effort with 24. Senior forward, Ben Rosburg put up 17. Junior center, Peter Kruize contributed 13. With Junior guard, Josh Peymann adding 11.
Page 2 of 2 - Leading the scoring for the Indians was Brandon Polesky and Juan Montemayer, both with eight. Mickey Medrano and Tyler Netzkie each put up five. And Jake Trebesch and Matt Schroepfer each had four.
“We played a great team tonight. One of the top 2A schools in the state,” Head coach Brian Polesky commented.
“Their length, quickness and strength showed up in all aspects of their game tonight,” Continued Polesky.
“We wanted to make sure we came in and played for 36 minutes and just get got out of this game injury free. Hopefully we can get in a few good practices and use this game to our advantage heading into the playoffs,” he concluded.
The team now begins playoff action. Their first game is in New Ulm against Minnesota Valley Lutheran.