Mahnomen-Waubun finishes season with consolation loss

Mahnomen-Waubun finishes season with consolation loss Click to Enlarge

MINNEAPOLIS --- No. 5 Hinkley-Finlayson (27-5) advanced to the Class A boy’s basketball consolation final in it’s first Minnesota state tournament appearance following a dominating 88-66 victory over unseeded Mahnomen-Waubun (18-13) Friday morning at the Gangelhoff Center of Concordia University, St. Paul.

The Jaguars dismantled the Thunderbirds thanks to a balanced effort from their starters with four of five scoring in double-digits. Anders Prater tallied a game-high 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, while Travis Visser pitched in a 12-point, 19-rebound double-double performance. Trevor Johnson and Kolten Furey scored 15 and 13 points, respectively. Rueben Gibbs came off the bench for 12 points.

Mahnomen-Waubun took the first lead of the game before Hinkley-Finlayson tied the game three times. Finally, with 12:20 to go, the Jaguars gained their first lead before taking it to double-digits with just under seven left to play.

The Jaguars’ first-half performance was fueled by 8-of-16 shooting beyond the arc, while their efforts on the glass and scrappy defense helped them build a solid lead at the midway mark. The victorious Jaguars outrebounded the Thunderbirds by 10 and forced 11 turnovers before taking a 56-36 lead in the break en route to victory.

Senior Dion Bower ended his outstanding career for the Thunderbirds with a team-high 13 points on 50 percent shooting in 28 minutes played. Jayden Heisler also scored 12 points to contribute to the Thunderbirds scoring.

Hinkley-Finlayson will play for the Class A consolation title Friday morning at 8 a.m. against the winner of Rushford-Peterson vs. Heritage Christian Academy.

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