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Waseca tops Holy Angels in State Basketball Quarterfinal

March 20, 2019 06:51 PM

#2 Waseca (29-1) jumped out to an early double-digit lead and didn’t look back in an 82-62 quarterfinal win over Holy Angels (24-5) on Wednesday afternoon at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

The Bluejays head to the semifinals against the #3 Austin vs. Monticello winner on Thursday, March 21 at 2 p.m. at Target Center in Minneapolis. The Stars head to Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia University, St. Paul where they’ll face the losing team from the other quarterfinal on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the consolation semifinal.

Waseca jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first five-plus minutes of play and led throughout the contest. They led by as many as 16 in the first half, although Holy Angels narrowed the margin to just five (45-40) early in the second half.

The Bluejays responded with a 26-7 extended stretch to push the lead to 24 (71-47) with under eight minutes to play.

Waseca senior Malik Willingham led all scorers with 22 points, adding 11 rebounds and six assists. Sophomore center Andrew Morgan added 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting and nine rebounds and sophomore Kyreese Willingham had 17 points and 12 rebounds. K.Willingham and Morgan combined for five blocked shots, with three to Willingham who also had four steals on the defensive end.

Waseca’s five starters combined for 81 of their 82 points and each had at least nine points on the day.

The Stars were led by three players with 15 points each: senior Max Gerstner, junior Matt Banovetz and freshman Emmett Johnson. Johnson also had six assists.

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