Boys Basketball: Wingers net Owatonna tourney win over Waseca
After a tough stretch of games last week against Winona and Austin, the Red Wing boys basketball team needed a return to form.
And in the opening round of the Owatonna holiday tournament Friday, the Wingers reestablished their dominant self, knocking out Waseca with a 62-49 victory.
Things looked shaky in the first half when the Bluejays led 8-2. But Red Wing put together a 17-point run that made things a breeze the rest of the way. The Wingers led 35-28 at halftime, and led by double digits for most of the second half.
“We played really solid tonight,” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen. “Isaac (Toivonen) hit a couple of threes in the first half that got us the lead. Throughout the night, we took care of the ball and hit our free throws.”
Isaac Toivonen led all scorers with 22 points, going 4-for-9 from 3-point range while grabbing eight rebounds as well. Jon Sevlie came through with 12 points, Ben Miller added 10 points, and Marcus Veith went 3-for-4, scoring nine points in just 15 minutes of action. Veith’s production came in handy as Red Wing played without Ty Buck, who is nursing a foot injury, according to Coach Toivonen.
“This is the first time he’s played in three weeks,” Toivonen said of Veith. “He got a chance to play with Ty out and he did a great job.”
Combined with an 8-for-22 night from 3-point range and an 18-for-24 showing at the free-throw line, and Red Wing looked like the team that started the season 7-0.
“We were much better than we were last week,” Toivonen said. “When we’re shooting like that, we’re a much different team.”
Waseca’s top scorer was Nick Dufault, who finished with 16 points. No other Bluejay finished in double figures.
At 7:30 p.m. today, the Wingers (8-1) will play for the tournament championship against host Owatonna.