Boys Basketball: Sevlie's big night lifts Wingers to comeback win
Down by 15 points at halftime, Red Wing desperately needed a boost or else it would lose its fourth straight Missota Conference game Friday against Northfield.
But thanks to Jon Sevlie, the Wingers were finally able to notch a Missota win, pulling out a 62-61 victory over the Raiders in Northfield.
“After those tight games that we lost, it’s an awfully good feeling to win this one,” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen.
After what Doug Toivonen called his team’s worst first half of the year, the Wingers regained the momentum and traded buckets with Northfield over the final three minutes.
With 18 seconds left, Red Wing had one last shot. Out of the timeout, Nick Powers missed a 15-foot shot, but Sevlie snatched the rebound and was fouled with five seconds remaining. The senior wing made both free throws, vaulting Red Wing into the win column. Going 13 of 15 at the free-throw line, Sevlie finished with a game-high 26 points, and his teammates fed off of his play throughout the second half.
“The fact is, if Jon didn’t play well tonight, we could have been down 25 in the first half,” Doug Toivonen said. “It all came together in the second half. We were playing with momentum and with more energy.”
Isaac Toivonen came up with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Wingers, while Powers tacked on eight points in the victory. Luke Harris led a pair of Northfield players in double digits with 17 points. Joseph Eckhoff had 11 points, and Luke Marlenee finished with 10.
Now 11-5 overall and 1-3 in the Missota, Red Wing returns home Tuesday to take on Chanhassen.