MVL defeats Wabasso

NEW ULM – Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s four seniors accounted for 39 of its 70 points in a 70-56 Tomahawk Conference boys’ basketball matchup against Wabasso on senior night.

“This was a huge confidence booster for us,” senior Nate Wong said. “We just wanted to come out and play hard and get ourselves ready for the playoffs.”

The Chargers found themselves behind 9-6 early in the game when they started to get hot from behind the arc. MVL did not trail again after hitting three 3-pointers in a row to go ahead 15-9 with 10:43 remaining.

Wong had three 3-pointers in a short span in the first half to boost the Charger offense. He had all nine of his points in the first half.

“It was nice having everybody swing the ball around so well and being able to get good open looks,” Wong said.

Wabasso senior did everything he could to keep his team in the game. Eichten led all scorers with 33 points and the Rabbits managed to tie the game at 29-29 going into the half.

MVL was able to jump out to a lead right away in the second half, and it found itself ahead 12 with ten minutes in the game.

“MVL came out ready to play in the second half, and we just never came out of the locker room,” Wabasso head coach Josh Hadley said.

The Chargers were able to run their offense efficiently and maintain their lead the rest of the game and burn clock while they did it.

Senior Chad Lease led the Chargers with 13 points. Nick Dewanz had 11 points and 14 rebounds to record a double-double. Jacob Hoffman also had 11 points.

Senior Tanner Bock had 12 points to go along with Eichten’s 33 for Wabasso.

Both teams kick off postseason play later this week.

MVL (11-13, 10-6) plays at home against Cleveland in the Section 2A, North Subsection opener at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

“We are just going to come out and play hard and play to the best of our abilities, and hopefully we can get a win,” Wong said.

Wabasso (11-12, 6-10) plays Minneota/Lincoln Tuesday before its first Section 3A, South Subsection game against Central Minnesota Christian on Saturday.

“We didn’t quit, but we need to sure up some things on the inside, or it is going to be a tough playoff game for us,” Hadley said.

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