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Red Wing’s Ben Miller (right) shoots over Hastings’ Drew Pottinger for a putback bucket in the first half of Friday’s non-conference game in Red Wing. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Boys Basketball: Red Wing continues to roll

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Powered by double-double outputs from junior Ty Buck and senior Isaac Toivonen, seventh-ranked (3A) Red Wing took care of its Highway 61 rival Hastings with an 87-67 victory Friday in Red Wing.

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Now 5-0, the Wingers are off to their best start since the 2007-08 season, when the team started the year on a nine-game win streak. 

“It’s really exciting to be 5-0,” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen, “and I’m happy that the people that watch us get to see what I’ve seen from our players all summer and in practice.”

Early on against the Raiders, it was Buck who bruised his way through the paint to pile up points. With 10 of his 14 first-half points coming in the paint, Buck finished the night with a game-high 21 points, while also grabbing 10 rebounds. 

“He’s tough to stop down there (in the post), but he’s a good shooter from the perimeter, too,” Doug Toivonen said. “The more comfortable he feels in the post, it’s only going to get better for him. He has a huge advantage inside.”

Isaac Toivonen also became a strong presence around the rim on Friday, scoring 12 points and hauling in 15 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. 

Ben Miller also made noise in the paint, scoring seven in the second half on the way to an 11-point, five-rebound night. 

“Once Ben got into the second half, he started relaxing and played like himself more,” Doug Toivonen said. “He’s got some great post moves down low.”

Jon Sevlie shot well all over the court, finishing with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting for Red Wing.

Down 40-28 at halftime, Hastings managed to cut the deficit to 44-38 following a 4-point play from Sam Skoyen with 15 minutes, 35 seconds remaining. But the Wingers compiled a 11-point run that made it 55-38, effectively putting the game out of reach the rest of the way.

The Raiders (2-3) got a team-high 19 points from Skoyen, followed by 18 from Joe Dittrich and 11 from Drew Pottinger.

Red Wing is back in action next Friday, heading across state lines to take on Hudson.

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