Boys Basketball: Wingers' defense smothers K-M in section victory
Right away, the offensive production was there for Red Wing on Saturday night, but the defense left a little to be desired. Then in the second half, the Wingers swarmed Kasson-Mantorville, and Red Wing’s 39-33 halftime lead turned into a 75-49 victory in a Section 1AAA matchup in Kasson.
“It’s huge,” Wingers’ head coach Doug Toivonen said about the win. “We even talked (Friday) night that the goal isn’t to win the conference. We need to take care of the section and get to tournament time and play our best basketball. Anytime you play a section team on the road and get a victory, it’s a great win for your team.”
A night after allowing 71 points to Chaska, Red Wing’s defense was back to form, holding the KoMets to 33 percent shooting (18 of 54) from the field.
“In the second half, we made a real conscious effort to play better defense and the kids really dug in and had just an outstanding effort to hold them to 16 second-half points,” Doug Toivonen said.
On the offensive end, junior Ben Miller led a foursome of Wingers in double digits with 16. Jon Sevlie chipped in with 15, and brothers Isaac and Travis Toivonen finished with 14 and 13, respectively. Travis Toivonen grabbed 10 rebounds, and Ben Munson and Isaac Toivonen each had three assists.
Along with the Wingers’ balance, the team as a whole was lights-out shooting the ball, hitting 52 percent (24 of 46) of their shots.
Braxton Raymond was K-M’s top scorer with a game-high 17 points.
Ranked fifth last week’s Class 3A poll, Red Wing (10-2) stays on the road for its next two games, taking on New Prague Tuesday and Farmington on Friday.