Believe it!! Headed to finals!
The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team is sub-section final bound after ending Kimball's season in an improbable 50-44 come-from-behind win. At halftime the Jaguars led 23-20. They had just eight turnovers through all 36 minutes of the game.
They play next on Tuesday in Little Falls at 7 p.m. **Update: the Jaguars will face third-seeded Upsala. The Cardinals (14-13) beat fellow Prairie Conference and border battle rival Swanville 61-52 in the other semifinal game. They jumped out to leads of 7-2 and 14-4 in the opening minutes and never trailed. The Bulldogs finish 15-10.
The game with Kimball tonight had countless fascinating moments, but one stands out from my game notes. With 14:15 left in the second half, Tanner Heinsius was at the line shooting two. A woman from Kimball shouted, "Tanner, you can't shoot!" It was clear enough for the radio announcers to hear her. Tanner missed the first free throw. Then what? He ended up shooting seven more free throws after that miss. How many of those seven did he make? All seven! Including free throws in the final minute that iced the win.
Good call, Kimball heckler!! Can you come to Little Falls on Tuesday and do it again? You could be our good luck charm.
The Cubs end the season 19-9 overall and were beaten out of the playoffs for the second straight year by our Jaguars.
Sub-Section 5A-North boys' basketball scores on Feb 28:
#1-seeded Nevis 57, #5-seeded Pine River-Backus 53
#2-seeded Browerville 73, #6-seeded Sebeka 65 (2 OT!)
Area boys' basketball playoff scoreboard on Feb. 28:
Sauk Centre 76, Pierz 51
West Central Area 59, Ortonville 56
4th-seeded Annandale 71, top-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral 67 OT
Melrose Area 60, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 39
#7-seeded Paynesville 58, #3-seeded Litchfield 54 !