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DeLaSalle moves onto semifinals in Class 3A with win over Bemidji

DeLaSalle moves onto semifinals in Class 3A with win over Bemidji

March 20, 2019 01:36 PM

Top seed DeLaSalle (25-5) heads to the state semifinals with a 76-45 win over Bemidji (23-5) on Wednesday morning at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

The Islanders have won state quarterfinal games every year since 2012, and will meet the #5 Mahtomedi vs. #4 Princeton winner on Thursday, March 21 at noon at Target Center in Minneapolis. 

The Lumberjacks continue the program’s 30th state appearance but first since 1985 in the consolation semifinals and will face the loser of that quarterfinal on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia University, St. Paul.

The Islanders used a 35-8 scoring margin by creating 19 Bemidji turnovers while committing just 11. They also made 13 three-pointers at a 61.9 percent clip (13-21).

Bemidji junior Quincy Wilson buried a three-pointer off the opening tip and a layup by senior Spencer Konecne put the Lumberjacks up 5-2 in the game’s opening minute-plus of play.

The Islanders responded swiftly with nine straight points on their way to opening up a 22-9 lead seven and a half minutes into the game.

After Bemidji cut the margin back to single digits on back-to-back Konecne buckets (22-13, 9:17), DeLaSalle pushed the lead to 20 for the first time with an 11-0 burst.

From there, the margin wouldn’t be closer than 18 the rest of the way as DeLaSalle scored the first 11 points of the second half to extend the lead over 30. The Islanders would lead by as many as 42 in the second half.

DeLaSalle senior Jamison Battle led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting including perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range and senior Tyrell Terry had 15 points, nine assists and five rebounds while adding three three-pointers. 

Konecne was one of three Lumberjacks to score 10 points in the game, making 5-of-8 from the field and leading the club with five rebounds. Junior Colten Jensen was 5-of-7 from the floor and scored 10 points and senior Jacob Beberg added 10 points off the bench, as well.

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