The crosstown match-up is now even after the St. Mary’s boys basketball team defeated Sleepy Eye Public on Jan. 28.

St. Mary’s 83

Sleepy Eye Public 59

The crosstown match-up is now even after the St. Mary’s boys basketball team defeated Sleepy Eye Public on Jan. 28.

The Knights were looking for revenge following their 73-79 loss to the Indians earlier in the season, and they got it. St. Mary’s came out quick on the ball and took an early lead to put the pressure on the Indians. The Knights were shooting well, both inside and outside the paint. Meanwhile, Sleepy Eye had a slow start in the first. The Indians had trouble making plays under the basket, as St. Mary’s played physical defense.

Senior Juan Montemayor made a three halfway through the first to cut Sleepy Eye’s deficit to ten, but the Knights continued to roll, scoring several unanswered points to take a 52-28 lead at the half.

The second half was much of the same. St. Mary’s kept its quick pace on offense, while the Indians couldn’t find any momentum. The Knights forced the Indians to turnover the ball on numerous accounts, which led to scores in transition for St. Mary’s. However, Sleepy Eye was able to step up on offense and responded with just as many points as the Knights in the second. Because of the even scoring in the second, St. Mary’s has a steady 20-30 point lead throughout.

So what did the Knights do differently in this game compared to the previous crosstown game? St. Mary’s Coach Tim Milliard said their biggest emphasis was keeping a fast pace.

“We really tried to play up tempo, we really tried to push it, really tried to play more aggressively,” Milliard said. “I thought getting some turnovers really helped generate the tempo, and I thought we did a good job of once we got a turnover converting that into some points.”

Senior John Brandl led the Knights with a game-high 22 points, also going 8-for-10 at the free throw line. Meanwhile, Payton Adams and Mike Hirsch each added 12 points and junior David Surprenant scored 10 on the night. For the Indians, senior Brandon Polesky recorded 25 points, while Austin Trebesch had 15 and Montemayor had nine.

St. Mary’s moves to 9-6 overall and 5-4 in the Tomahawk Conference. The Indians move to 4-13 overall, and 2-8 in the conference. The Knights will travel to Wabasso on Friday while Sleepy Eye will travel to Truman.