With three Greyhound starters standing 6 feet 3 inches or more and the biggest BOLD spinning player being 6-2 Jordan Sagedahl, the Warriors got in the way while letting the NUC guards stand without opposition on the perimeter .
“The next game plan was to play our triangle and 2 and we’re going to have one of their guys we didn’t see on the film beat us,” said Warriors head coach, Jake Brustuen.
Greyhounds head coach Alan Woitas added, “We haven’t seen anything like it (this year).”
The Greyhounds shooters were challenged. And they won a Section 2A-North championship victory, beating BOLD 82-68 on Monday at the Lund Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Junior goalkeeper Jon Adema did the most damage to the perimeter of NUC, who got off the bench and hit five 3 points in an effort of 15 points.
“We thank (Adema) for being ready to play,” said Woitas. “I think he was 18 earlier in the year, but I would say it was a career night because of the scene.”
BOLD’s Drew Sagedahl tries to put a shot at a defender of the new Ulm Cathedral during the first half of Monday’s 2A-North championship match Monday at the Lund Center at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Pierre.
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Jon Zinniel had three 3 in 21 points and Chris Knowles led the Greyhounds with 24 points. NUC hit 11 3 points and 15 2 points. The Greyhounds were also 19 of 23 on the free throw line.
From the start, the BOLD strategy worked by jumping to 7-2. The Warriors led up to 3 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first half after Jon Zinniel hit his third pointer in the first half at 3 points to give the Greyhounds a 26-24 lead. And with the courtesy of James Gillis’ only triple with 1:05 left before the break, NUC entered the locker room with a 29-28 advantage.
On February 18, NUC had an 11-point halftime lead against BOLD. But the Warriors were able to come back and win, 59-53.
Before Monday, Woitas knew that the accelerator pedal should not be released if his team had a lead.
“This first game taught us that we are as good as them and we took the lead,” said Woitas. “But it also taught us that no lead is safe against BOLD. They have dynamic scorers in both Sagedahls and Vosika. ”
BOLD took the lead early in the second half with a 3-point Blake Plass. But from that point on, the Greyhounds took control with a 12-0 run to climb 41-31.
In the second half, the Warriors scored three consecutive points just three times, hitting only six points the rest of the way.
While Drew Sagedahl (30 points) and Matt Moorse (20 points, five 3 points) had impressive numbers, Jordan Sagedahl had eight points while facing a right ankle injury and Gavin Vosika had three points. Vosika averaged 19.3 points per game. Jordan Sagedahl was 18.1.
“They used their length well against (Vosika) and each time he put the ball on the ground, they pinched the player and didn’t let him shoot,” said Brustuen. “To his credit, he really helped us control the pace and speed up the pace and was ready to be the ferryman tonight.”
The NUC will face Springfield, champion of the Southern Branch, at 6 p.m. Friday at Minnesota-Mankato State University. Springfield, second seeded, beat Waterville-Elysian-Watertown, seeded 70-66, in Monday’s other game at Gustavus.
BOLD concludes the 2019-20 season at 27-2 in total.
“I told the guys they had the best year in the history of the program. It ended this way, so it’s unfortunate, ”said Brustuen. “The effort they put in each night and the style of play they are committed to deserve a few weeks off.
“It’s just a shame it is a little earlier than we hoped for.”