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Boys Basketball: Red Wing knocks off Stewartville

Red Wing's Ty Buck, in purple, goes airborne late in the second half of Saturday's game against Stewartville. The Tigers' Aaron Quandt (5) fouled Buck on the play. The Wingers would win the game, 76-66, in overtime. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

Less than 24 hours after holding off Missota Conference foe Farmington, Red Wing was taken to overtime by Stewartville. The Wingers, seemingly reenergized by the Tigers’ 3-pointer that sent the game to an extra frame, outscored fellow Section 1AAA member Stewartville 13-3 in overtime to come away with a 76-66 victory.

“They were not intimidated,” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen. “Not that anybody should be, but (Stewartville) really came to play.”

After taking a 37-32 lead into halftime, the second-game-in-two-days legs came out of the Winger locker room. The Tigers flipped the advantage in the second half with a 31-26 score, evening the score with less than two seconds on the clock when Evan Schlee hit a corner 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.

The momentum seemingly belonged to Stewartville, but it was the Wingers who would take over the extra session.

“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked,” Toivonen said. “They were fortunate to send it into overtime. I’m just glad we made our free throws and were able to find a way to finish.”

As a team, Red Wing hit 11 of 12 free throws in overtime, led by Travis Toivonen’s 7 of 8 performance from the charity stripe. The only field goal the Wingers hit was a layup from Ty Buck, who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, and who also hit 6 of 7 free throws in the game. Isaac Toivonen led Red Wing with 20 points, pulling down six rebounds in the process. Travis Toivonen had 11 points, eight boards and four assists.

Schlee, who hit five 3-pointers in the game, finished with a game-high 27 points, a handful more than teammate Aaron Quandt’s 22.

After a stretch in the New Year that saw Red Wing go 3-6 leading up to Monday’s showdown with New Prague, the Wingers are feeling good after a 3-0 week, their first three-game winning streak since the team started the season 7-0.

And it could not have come at a better time, with just four games remaining in the regular season.

“Playing three games in a week is a tough thing, but there are a lot of teams doing it now because of the weather we’ve had,” Toivonen said. “It’s nice to go 3-0, get this week past us, and now we’ve got two weeks where we can settle into a routine. We know what’s going to happen: we have three practices and two games. It will just be good to get into a routine because this winter has really been back and forth and a whole bunch of different things happening.

“Now we’ve got two quality opponents coming this week, and we have three wins in a row. I’m sure it would be nice to head into the tournament with a couple more wins.”

Red Wing (15-7 overall, 4-6 Missota) will split its remaining games between the road and Sonju Gymnasium. On Tuesday, the Wingers will visit Holy Angels, and then host Northfield on Thursday. The regular season wraps up at home, Feb. 21, against Shakopee, a game that comes on the heels of a Feb. 18 trip to Chanhassen.

Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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