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Posted On: 01/25/18 4:09 PM
Owatonna’s experienced and talented team had a tough start but they are now healthy and playing well. Senior Nolan Malo is one of those talented experienced players and is likely a future D3 player.
“I’ve heard from quite a few schools to play basketball,” Nolan said. “Gustavus, Concordia-Moorhead, UW-River Falls, Bethel, St. Olaf, and Augsburg (are in contact).”
The Huskies are 9-4 after a six game win streak that has included victories over a pair of ranked teams. Owatonna gets balance contributions from Malo, Dalton Kubista, Jason Williamson, Andrew Jackson, and Alex Raichle who all score at least four times each contest.
“We started out a bit shaky because four of our starting five, including me, all play football and our season went super late with that. Now we have found our groove and have really been playing well together. We’ve won our last six including road wins against Mankato East and Austin.
“Our starting five has at least one year under our belts for varsity so we are all very experienced and that is really starting to show now when we are in close games with good teams, being able to close out wins.”
Nolan is one of several double figure scoring options that Owatonna has as his game continues to get better each time in the gym.
“I really feel like the biggest part of my game that has improved is becoming a more consistent scorer and shooter for my team,” Malo said. “My defense has also made great strides.”
Nolan is 6-foot-5 and one of the better shooters in southern Minnesota. He wants to become a more versatile player before this season is over.
“I’d like to make some more strides in my driving and finishing abilities. As for the team’s goal for this year, it is to win the section.”