Mayer Lutheran too much for Mahnomen-Wauben

Mayer Lutheran too much for Mahnomen-Wauben Click to Enlarge

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KDLM) – Top seed Mayer Lutheran (28-3) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first 3-plus minutes of play and never looked back in a 71-40 victory over Mahnomen-Waubun (18-12) on Thursday in the 2018 MSHSL Class A Boys’ Basketball Tournament quarterfinals at Williams Arena.

Making their second state appearance and first since 2000, the Crusaders advance to the state semifinals on Friday, March 23 with a noon tip against the No. 5 Hinckley-Finlayson against No. 4 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton quarterfinal. The Thunderbirds head to the consolation semifinal against the losing team of that matchup on Friday at 10 a.m. at Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul. That game can be heard on 102.3 fm KRCQ in the Lakes Area and online at http://realcountry102.com/

The trio of Baden Noennig, Garrett Tjernagel and Kobey Woolhouse combined for 49 of Mayer Lutheran’s 71 points and was enough to outscore the Thunderbirds.

Noennig, a 6-foot, 6-inch junior guard, led the charge with 17 points and eight rebounds, adding three blocks. He scored his 17 efficiently on just seven shots (5-7) and dropped in seven of his nine free throws. The 6-foot, 7-inch senior center Tjernagel added 16 points and matched Noennig’s eight rebounds and was also efficient, scoring his 16 on 10 shots (7-10) while dishing four assists and securing three steals. Woolhouse, a senior guard, had 16 points and knocked down four three-pointers.

The Crusaders shot a solid 48.0 percent (24-50) from the floor and converted 10 three-pointers at a 38.5 percent clip (10-26) and committed just 11 turnovers in an efficient offensive performance.

The Thunderbirds were led by junior forward Treston Spalla with 12 points on 6-10 shooting. As a team, Mahnomen-Wauben shot 30.0 percent (15-50) from the floor and 13.3 percent (2-15) from the arc.

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