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Boys Basketball: Toivonen's buzzer-beater lifts Wingers

The ball bounced Red Wing’s way on Tuesday.

Down by one with 1.5 seconds left against one of the top teams in the Missota Conference, the Chanhassen Storm, the Wingers’ Isaac Toivonen set up for a desperation full-court heave. Isaac’s inbounds toss looked like trouble.

“We had the play set up to where Isaac throws the ball the length of the floor, but he overthrew the target and hit the center of the backboard,” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen.

As the ball ricocheted off the glass, it went into the waiting hands of Travis Toivonen, who sank a five-foot layup as time expired to give Red Wing the 57-56 victory.

“It was an unbelievable finish,” Doug Toivonen said. “It was incredible. It was a great overall effort for our team, and that kind of big win is a huge feather in our cap.”

The frantic final moments started when Jon Sevlie made a free throw with 17 seconds left. Then with 1.5 seconds remaining, the Storm got to the free-throw line and hit the back end of the pair of shots. From there, the Toivonen brothers turned a disaster into a stunning victory.

The game-winning bucket was the highlight of the night for Travis Toivonen, who nearly had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

“Travis played outstanding tonight,” Doug Toivonen said.

Isaac Toivonen also had 11 points with four rebounds, Ben Miller tallied 10 points, and Marcus Veith had nine points off the bench in the victory.

The Storm (18-7, 10-3 Missota) got a game-high 18 points from Joey Witthus, while Frank Ragnow added 15 points in the defeat.

With the Chanhassen loss, Shakopee won the Missota Conference title following a 75-50 win over Chaska on Tuesday. And in Friday’s regular-season finale, the Wingers (17-8, 6-7 Missota) take on the conference champions at Sonju Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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