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

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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