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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Page 8 I By Derek Jenniges, Coach WWG 70 MCC 45 Hosting a home playoff game for the first time in three years, the Charger Boys Basketball team matched up with Murray County Central on Thursday evening in the first round of the 2013 playoffs. The Chargers had defeated the Rebels earlier in the season by scores of 59-52 and 72-60. Thursday evening was not as closely contested as the first two match ups as the Chargers used a huge burst in the final two min- utes of the first half to take control, of the game. Alex Knutson started off the scoring for WWG by making a three pointer on the Chargers first posses- sion. Minutes later the Rebels scored a long range jumper of their own and tied the score at 7-7. MCC took their first and only lead of the game on a three pointer at the 7:32 mark of the half. WWG answered immedi- ately with a corner three from senior Taylor Lindaman, making the score 17-16 WWG. The teams traded baskets over the next four minutes as WWG led 21-20 with 3:20 WWG Charger Aaron Hass put up a shot against Russell Tyler Ruthton in tournament action at Worthington last Saturday. as Alex Knutson took the ball the length of the court in :04 to score a layup at the buzzer. 50-30 and for several min- utes neither team was able to find the bottom of the net until Bakken converted a pair of free throws and Knutson scored on a nifty drive from the left wing, making the score 54-30. WWG continued to stretch the lead in the next few minutes and capped off a 21-3 run on a three by soph- omore Walker Christians. Christians three ball was assisted by Knutson, his career high tenth of the game, giving the Chargers a 63-33 lead. In the final three minutes the Chargers got bench points from Trey Kockelman, Tyson Berg, and Jacob Otto. The Chargers were led in scoring by Lindaman 16, Buchman 16 and Knutson 11. Bakken 7 (t 0 rebounds), Andy Merrick 4, Aaron Hass 4, Christians 3, J. Otto 3, M. Otto 2, Kockelman 2, and Berg 2 rounded out the scoring for WWG. RTR 81 WWG 57 WWG Charger Taylor Lindaman drove the base line against RTR in section 3 A tourna- ment play at Worthington. to play in the half, but with the score 23-20 at the 2:56 mark WWG received a huge spark off the bench from junior Matt Otto. Over the final three minutes of the half, Otto recorded three steals, an assist, two rebounds, and a basket of his own and the Chargers built a 34-20 halfiime lead The second half started with WWG three pointers from senior Reed Bakken and junior Shane Buchman to lead 42-28. Lindaman followed with a pair of threes of his own and WWG's lead expanded to 50-28. MCC followed with a basket, making the score Saturday afternoon the Chargers participated in "Super Saturday" of the Section 3A playoffs in Worthington. It was a great opportunity for the Chargers to get back into the Saturday action, after a two year hia- tus. WWG was faced with a tough opponent in second seeded and state ranked RTR (25-1). WWG gave the Knights all they could handle for the game first 25 minutes, but RTR gcadually pulled away from the Chargers for the quarterfi- nal victory. WWG got baskets from Taylor Lindaman on their first two possessions to take an early 5-2 lead. The Chargers who struggled to convert from close range on several occasions in the first half found themselves trad- ing possessions throughout the first half, but never able to crack the Knights. Matt Otto and Andrew Merrick each scored a pair of first half baskets for WWG as they trailed by a half dozen for most of the half. Lindaman scored a team high 12 points, all in the first and converted a pair of free throws at the 2:12 mark to get the Chargers within three at 31-28. RTR ended the half on a 9-2 run, includ- ed six points on the offen- sive glass and led 40-30 at the half. Reed Bakken got the Chargers off on the right track with a long two point jumper to start the second half and Shane Buchman followed with a three point- er quickly cut the RTR lead in half. The 7-1 run to start the half got WWG as close as 41-37, but RTR followed with a trio of three point scoring plays and pushed the lead in double figures with around 12 minutes to go in the half. WWG con- tinued to battle the shooting woes in the second half used a late surge to get as close as 68-55 with just of 3:00 remaining. RTR ended the game on a 13-2 run and outscored the Chargers by 14 points at the free throw WWG Charger Andy Merrick pumped a shot against the Knights last Saturday afternoon at Worthington. line in the game. WWGjust under 30% from two point range in the game, com- pared to RTR's 55%. Lindaman 12, Knutson 11 (8 assists), Buchman 10, Merrick 6 (3 steals), Bakken 5, Hass, 4 (7 rebounds), Otto 4, Christians 3, and Tristan Joel 2 got into the scoring column for the Chargers. The loss concludes the Chargers season with 10 wins and 16 losses. WWG says goodbye to four famil- iar faces for Charger fans as Reed Bakken, Taylor Lindaman, Andrew Merrick, and Aaron Hass finished their Charger bas- ketball careers with a ten win season. WWG Charger Reed Bakken fought for a rebound against the RTR Knights last Saturday at Worthington. ~.E~ We strive to be the best place in town to have a drink, play pool or darts and meet friends, old and new. With an immense cocktail list; outstanding munchies and a fun, casual atmosphere, it's a scene away from the usual bar scene. After all, it's not just another bar, it's a classic neighborhood hangout. ~ ON/OFF SALE 628-4645 leffers, MN Friday, :March 8that 7 p.m. To-go orders/pre-orders are always welcome &.HAPPENINGS REA Westbrook, MN 507-274-5352 St. Anthony's