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Beacons are ready to run
Concordia Academy boys basketball coach Eric Schutte said prior to the season that he expects his team’s strengths to be defense and its transition offense. If Schutte’s prediction holds true, the Beacons could be putting up big point totals this season. Concordia reached 86 points in its season opener last Friday. The Beacons reached the 80-point mark four times last year.
Concordia’s top three returning players are seniors Austin Moldenhauer and Will Preble and junior Roger Moore, Jr. Moldenhauer, a guard who started every game a season ago, is a good outside shooter who has added a dribble drive to his offensive repertoire. Schutte described Preble, a forward, as “relentless in the paint and an inside and outside scorer.” Moore, who started last year, is a pass-first point guard with great court vision. Schutte said Moore is one of the best in the state at finding an open teammate.
Joining the aforementioned trio in the lineup this season are senior Tevin Tolzien, juniors Sam Root, Kole Leistikow, Connor Johnson and Jacob Falk and sophomore Chris Carlson.
The Beacons’ biggest question is its bench.
“The strength of our bench and how they develop throughout the year will determine our success,” said Schutte, who is in his 11th year as head coach. “Our mentality is we expect to compete for a section championship with a ‘refuse to lose’ attitude.”
In addition to the on-the-court ability, Schutte also likes some of the intangibles his players present.
“We have strong leadership returning this year that will hold players accountable on and off the court,” Schutte said.
Concordia opened the season last Friday with an 86-63 victory over Cristo Rey Jesuit, a private school located in south Minneapolis. The Beacons got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 27-2 lead.
Moldenhauer, one of three Beacons in double figures, paced Concordia with 18 points. Preble added 17 and Moore scored 16.
Concordia plays once this week when Washington Technology Magnet pays a visit on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Schutte and Concordia assistant coach Mike Aumann were recently honored by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association with 10-year service plaques.
In the Tri-Metro Conference, DeLaSalle, with Stanford-bound Reid Travis, is the team to beat. Schutte also expects Blake, Breck, St. Paul Academy and Minnehaha Academy to be near the top of the league.
Brian Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013-14 Concordia Academy boys basketball schedule
Nov. 22 vs. Cristo Rey Jesuit 7 p.m.