H.S. Boys’ Basketball
Tigers Swat Giants, Get No. 5 Seed
Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:29 AM
by Dan Ruud
The Tigers’ Noah Hastings (with ball) had nine points, four assists and four steals against LS-H last Tuesday night.
The Belle Plaine High School boys’ basketball team defeated Le Sueur-Henderson 72-56 in last Tuesday night’s Minnesota River Conference finale in Belle Plaine, but it wasn’t enough to land the Tigers a home game in next Monday night’s Section 2AA, North Subsection quarterfinal round at the homes of the higher seeds.
Due to weather, Belle Plaine’s final regular season game of the season scheduled for Friday night at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton was postponed to Tuesday night, results from which were not available prior to Tuesday’s press time.
Regardless of the outcome, Belle Plaine (13-12), the No. 5 seed, will be at No. 4 seed Norwood Young America (16-9) for a 7 p.m. start next Monday night. The Raiders swept the Tigers in MRC play this season by scores of 55-44 and 67-61.
The Belle Plaine/NYA winner will advance to the subsection semifinals, likely against No. 1 seed Jordan (22-3) 6 p.m. March 9 at New Prague High School. The Hubmen will play the winner of a play-in game between No. 8 seed Le Sueur-Henderson and No. 9 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.
In the lower bracket of the North Subsection next Monday night, it will be No. 2 seed Sibley East (18-5) hosting No. 7 Tri-City United (8-15) and No. 3 Glencoe-Silver Lake (14-11) at home against No. 6 St. Peter (10-12).
The top seed in the South Subsection is Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (21-3). The Buccaneers will host No. 8 Medford (0-23) in the first round, while No. 4 Fairmont (15-8) takes on No. 5 St. James (15-10).
The lower bracket of the South Subsection has No. 2 seed New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (24-2) at home against No. 7 Blue Earth Area (5-18) and No. 3 Maple River (17-7) hosting No. 6 Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial (9-16).
Tigers 72, LS-H 56
Andrew Hunsader and Brody Curtiss had 24 and 23 points, respectively, to help catapult the Tigers over the Giants by 16 points last Tuesday night at the BPHS gym. Hunsader also had four rebounds and two assists, while Curtiss had six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Noah Hastings chipped in nine points, three rebounds, four assists and four steals. Matt Nelson added six points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Also scoring for Belle Plaine were Jack Otto (4), Nathan Herman (3), Tommy Dikmen (2) and Kellen Bergs (1).