Waseca beats Austin to advance to 3A Championship Game

March 21, 2019 04:19 PM

In 1918, Waseca won the Minnesota State High School League’s boys basketball state title with a victory over Duluth Central. The Bluejays have made eight state tournament appearances since that historic first appearance, but haven’t been able to secure a second crown. More than a century later, Waseca has a chance to do so. 



The No. 2-seeded Blue Jays earned a berth in the Class AAA championship game on Thursday, March 21 with a 79-69 victory over No. 3 Austin in the semifinals at Target Center. Waseca (30-1) built on a two-point halftime advantage with a 43-point output in the second half, including a late, game-defining run to earn a spot opposite No. 1 DeLaSalle on Saturday night. Sophomore guard Ryan Dufault scored 10 of his 30 points during a game-ending 21-12 run over the final five minutes of play when the Bluejays turned a one-point deficit into a 10-point victory. Dufault made back-to-back three-pointers to trigger a 10-point run of his own. 

Andrew Morgan, a 6-foot-8 sophomore center for Waseca, added 23 points and 15 rebounds. He was a dominant presence in the low post with nine defensive rebounds, two blocks and a steal. 

Austin (24-6) took its final lead when senior guard Dongrin Deng made a three-pointer with 4:38 remaining in regulation time. Senior guard Medi Obang powered the Packers with 28 points, and he also had five steals. Junior guard Agwa Nywesh added 11 points and three assists. Austin was attempting to qualify for the Class AAA final for the first time since 2017 and fourth time since 2013. Austin hasn’t won a state crown since capturing the 1958 crown during the single-class era. 

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