Basketball: Latest McDonald hoop star leads C-I over Rogers boys 71-62

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Kyle McDonald, the latest edition from a legendary Minnesota basketball family, led Cambridge-Isanti to a 71-62 conquest of the Rogers Royals on Thursday evening.

The sophomore guard scored 25 points for the Bluejackets. He’s the son of longtime Bluejacket coach Mike McDonald, and grandson of Bob McDonald, the only coach in state history with over 900 wins, currently in his 52nd year at Chisholm. Bob’s four sons and two daughters are the highest-scoring family in state history. The sons are all head coaches, and the two daughters are former head coaches.

Rogers was less concerned about McDonald family history than with their turnover problems. They had 22, while C-I had 14, negating a 28-24 rebound edge the Royals enjoyed.

Luke Pecka scored 14 points, Ryan Gelle 13 and Sam Spilles 12 for Rogers (0-2 conference, 5-11 overall). Gelle led with 8 rebounds. Gunnar Bloom had 8 points, 4  assists and 5 rebounds.

Allen added 12, Swanson 11 and Vavro 10 for the Bluejackets (2-1 conference, 5-10 overall), who had a big edge at the free throw line, 23-for-31 to Rogers’ 12-for-21.

Rogers will host Brainerd, an unbeaten section rival, on Saturday, 3 p.m.