La Crosse Logan turned up the intensity on Eau Claire Memorial’s high-scoring Caden Boser.
The 6-7 junior worked hard for 20 points but it was a team effort that got the Old Abes an 11th season win.
Four Abes reached double figures and six scored eight or more points in the balanced attack that led to a 76-58 win over La Crosse Logan Saturday afternoon at the Eagles Nest.
Memorial built an 18-point halftime lead and held off a Logan charge that closed the gap to seven early in the second half before the Abes pulled away to the win.
“They came back on us but we held our composure,” said Simon Larson, one of the key figures in the win with 11 points and six rebounds. “Ethan (Van Grunsven) always tells us in the huddle that we have to keep our cool. We kept battling. We knew we were the better team.”
Logan coach Andy Fernholz felt his team rebounded from the big halftime deficit well.
“We started the second half with a lot of energy and played a lot tougher,” he said. “But they shot it well and were able to hold us off.”
The Rangers opened the second half scoring nine straight points and moments later after a basket and 3-pointer by Calvin Mavin, the lead was cut to seven at 46-39 and the Rangers appeared back in it.
But Boser hit a basket and two free throws and after Van Grunsven drilled a 3-pointer, the lead was back to 14 at 53-39.
Logan had one more charge left, closing the gap to 60-52 after another Mavin basket but Larson answered with a 3-pointer and the Abes were on their way to victory.
“Larson is emblematic of what Memorial basketball is all about,” Memorial coach Chad Brieske said. “He worked his way through all the lower levels to become a starter and gives everything you would want in a player.”
But it was the good balance Friday. Connor Stoik came off the bench to score 12, Altherelle Robbins started and tallied 11 and Van Grunsven and Tanner Linduski, who scored 22 in Friday’s 74-57 win over Chippewa Falls, each added eight.
“It was a total team effort, that’s what I’m most proud of,” said Brieske. “Clearly Logan was out to take Caden out of the game. But he did a good job managing the pressure put on him and his teammates did a great job rallying around him.”
Logan battled fiercely in the physical game and got a huge effort from Mavin, a 6-2 senior who scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half.
“Calvin had a great game,” Fernholz said. “It seems when he plays well, the others do, too.”
Maguire Werner, a 6-6 senior, was Mavin’s main support with 10 points.
After four straight wins, Memorial goes on the road next week to face non-conference foes Stevens Point and Marshfield and a key Big Rivers game at River Falls Thursday.
“We know we have a team that can do damage,” Larson said. “We’re doing what we do and hope we keep going.”
MEMORIAL 76, LA CROSSE LOGAN 58
Logan — FGM-FGA FTM-FTA TP: Calvin Mavin 8-16 5-6 25, Jhakai Funches 3-9 1-4 9, Floyd Thomas 4-6 0-0 8, Maguire Werner 5-12 0-0 10, Devin Moran 1-3 0-0 2, Antonio Siegel 1-1 0-0 2, Julian Erickson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-49 6-10 58.
Memorial – Caden Boser 6-14 7-10 20, Ethan Van Grunsven 3-7 0-0 8, Simon Larson 4-6 2-2 11, Tanner Linduski 2-7 2-2 8, Connor Stoik 5-9 0-0 12, Altherelle Robbins 3-7 5-6 11, Landon Van Grunsven 0-0 0-0 0, Mehki Shaw 1-1 0-0 2, Vince Trapani 0-0 0-0 0, Duncan McKinley 2-2 0-0 4, Grant Gerber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-54 16-20 76.
Halftime: Memorial 43-25. 3-Point Shots: Logan 6-13 (Mavin 4-9, Funches 2-2, Moran 0-2). Memorial 8-23 (E. Van Grunsven 2-2, Linduski 2-5, Stoik 2-6, Boser 1-6, Larson 1-2, Robbins 0-2). Rebounds: Logan 31 (Mavin 8, Werner 8), Memorial 31 (Boser 8, Larson 6, Robbins 5). Totals Fouls: Logan 17, Memorial 14. Technical fouls: Logan 2. Turnovers: Logan 16,Memorial 7. Officials: Cade Martin, Ryan Baier, Mike Dewyre. Records: Logan 7-10. Memorial 11-5.