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home : sports : sports May 24, 2016

1/11/2013 2:09:00 PM
Byron basketball keeps rolling
Jack Nelson gets a one-handed dunk on the alley-oop pass from Buster Meyer. Photo by Keith Garvens
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Jack Nelson gets a one-handed dunk on the alley-oop pass from Buster Meyer. Photo by Keith Garvens

By David Richards

It could very well be a special season for the Byron boys basketball team.

The Bears are 11-1 overall, 5-0 in the Hiawatha Valley League gold division and have won 11 straight since their opening loss to River Falls.

"Obviously our goal is to win the division, win a conference championship and to be playing our best basketball come tournament time," head coach Kerry Linbo said.

Byron defeated La Crescent 65-22 Jan. 4; shut down Kingsland Jan. 7, 64-27; and outlasted Cotter Jan. 8, 54-39. All of the contests were played in Byron.

And one of the keys to the Bears' success may be their completeness as a team, with both solid starters and key bench players.

"No question," Linbo said. "Usually our kids buy into the fact that it's not always who starts the game, but who finishes the game and can knock down free throws."

Against La Crescent, Tyler Coble played strong defense to shut down the Lancers' best shooter and held him to a single basket.

Offensively, Jack Nelson finished with 23 to lead Byron. He scored 21 points in the first half alone.

In the second half, the Bears finished what they started.

"We were able to play a lot of people, and that's important in developing our depth," Linbo said.

Buster Meyer finished with 10 points, while Evan Richardson came off the bench to shoot nine.

Against Kingsland, Joe Smith came off the bench to lead the team with 17 points.

Meyer finished with 14; Brandon Schubert had 13; and Nelson scored 10.

Smith continues to find his groove.

"He has become real consistent being that first perimeter shooter off the bench," Linbo said.

Against Cotter, Byron trailed at the half 27-23, but stayed calm down the stretch to secure the win.

Schubert led the Bears with 16. Nelson added 15, while Meyer tallied 10.




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