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Saturday, May 25, 2024

BOYS BASKETBALL: Miracle shot stuns Eagles; Wolverines fall to SWC

Windom 41-35-10 = 86
BEA 36-40-11 = 87

The Windom Eagle boys basketball team was in position to avenge an earlier loss during Saturday’s Big South Conference Showcase in St. James, but a miracle shot gave Blue Earth Area an 87-86 overtime victory.

In a play that was recognized as the top play of the day on ESPN SportsCenter, BEA’s Max Loge scooped up a rebound of a missed Eagle free throw and heaved a three-quarter-court shot that rattled home, giving the Bucs the stunning one-point win.

Windom led by five at halftime but BEA rallied in the second half, tying the game with a late basket. BEA had a chance to win in regulation but missed a corner three-pointer at the buzzer.

In overtime, the teams traded buckets before the Eagles eventually pulled out to a five-point lead. BEA cut the deficit to two points late, but the Bucs were forced to foul with 1.6 seconds left on the clock.

The Eagles missed both free throws, keeping the lead at two. But on the second, the ball bounced with Loge getting a running start before retrieving it and heaving the ball with two hands immediately. The ball found the hoop, sending the Bucs into celebration and leaving the Eagles on the floor, stunned.

Elliot Serreyn led the Eagles with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Charles Erickson and Drew Rothenberger each scored 22 points in the loss. Jackson Joyce added 11 in the loss.

MLAC 33-40 = 73
SWC 39-46 = 85

A barrage of three-pointers late in the first half and early in the second half gave Southwest Minnesota Christian the lead for good Friday, as the Eagles defeated Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey 85-73 in Edgerton.

The win gave SWC sole possession of first place in the Red Rock Conference.

MLAC held a slim lead much of the first half, but SWC hit three-pointers on five straight trips down the floor, eventually taking a 39-33 halftime lead.

The Eagles came out in the second half firing, as another three-point barrage allowed the Eagles to turn a four-point lead into an 18-point lead.

The Wolverines battled back, pulling as close as four points in the closing minutes before SWC pulled away late.

Carter Olson led the Wolverines with 34 points and eight assists. Grant Oakland added 16 points and Ashton Toll finished with 10 points.

RRC 16-35 = 51
MCC 32-32 = 64

A sluggish start on offense doomed the Red Rock Central boys basketball team Friday as the Falcons fell 64-51 to Murray County Central in Slayton.

The Falcons shot just 30% in the first half, as only two RRC players converted baskets. That allowed MCC to race to a 16-point halftime lead.

In the second half, the Falcons found more offensive flow by pounding the ball inside, which eventually opened up some outside scoring, but RRC couldn’t overcome the early deficit.

Isaac Simonson finished with a career-high 35 points in the loss. Ashton Holmen and Jayden Lang each scored six.

Next games: Check for updates after each game.
Windom: at Pipestone, March 2
MLAC: at AE (Adrian), Feb. 26
RRC: at WWG (Westbrook), Feb. 26

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