#4 St. Cloud Cathedral needed a big first half from a perimeter player once Zimmerman clamped down on their low post attack.
And boy, did senior Keaton LeClaire deliver.
LeClaire closed out the first half by burying 6 of his 8 threes.
The Crusaders opened the game by jumping out to a quick 7-10 point lead, but Zimmerman lept right back by leaning on center Dylan Martin, who put up 6 quick points. Zimmerman closed down the post in the early goings, forcing Cathedral to prove they can space the floor. LeClaire didn’t need much help proving that for Cathedral, racking up all 18 of his points in the first half. The Thunder went to their “big three” of Chandler Wellman, Thunder Heyer, and Dylan Martin, as the three had the first 18 points of the night for Zimmerman. Cathedral used a late run fueled by LeClaire to enter the locker room up 48-35.
The Crusaders found much more success in the low post in the second half, as junior forwards Michael Schaefer and Mitchell Plombon took the game over. The floor spacing provided by LeClaire and Jacob Stoltzenberg opened up driving lanes for Schaefer; as well as providing room for Plombon to utilize his outstanding faceup post drive game. The two finished with a combined 46 points. Schaefer led all scorers with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. Plombon added in 22 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks to earn Player of the Game. Jacob Stoltzenberg was a great contributor off the bench, providing 10 points on 2-3 from deep. Jake Pensinger had a great second half for Zimmerman, putting up a team-high 18 points, followed by Heyer’s 17, Martin’s 15, and Wellman’s 12.
By The Numbers
St. Cloud Cathedral 84, Zimmerman 72
Points: M. Schaefer 24
Rebounds: Plombon 16
Assists: Jangula 7
Steals: Jangula 1, Kranz 1
Blocks: Plombon 3
Points: Pensinger 18
All Stats are Unofficial. Taken courtesy of Thomas Breach. Image of Cathedral North Gym Scoreboard taken by Thomas Breach. © Thomas Breach.