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Brandan Walz, Journalist

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The boys’ basketball went up to Alexandria on Thursday night for a conference and section basketball game. It was a big game as it will have to do a lot with playoff seeding. Heading into the game, Alexandria was second in the conference with a record of 7-3, while the Sabres went in with the record of 4-8.

The Sabres started the game out with a lot of energy as they were up 12-7 a few minutes into the game. Alexandria eventually came back and made the contest close again. The first half was a very good battle as the Sabres went into halftime down by one point. The second half turned out to be even more of a battle as it was a very back and forth game. Both teams were trading baskets and there were many lead changes throughout the whole half. As the clock was winding down, the game’s intensity was going up. For the last five minutes of the game, the score was either 1-2 points different or tied.

With one minute and twenty-four seconds left in the game, Alexandria made a jump shot to tie the game at 52. The Sabres then had the ball and held on to it until there were fourteen seconds left, and Coach Oistad called a timeout. He drew up a play during the timeout that was designed, so we would get the last shot of the game and try to win. The play did not go as expected right away as they almost turned the ball over, but point guard Trent Meyer grabbed the loose ball and started going towards the hoop as the clock was very close to expiring. He passed it to a teammate who then gave it back to him. At this point there was about 6 seconds left, so Meyer shot a deep three pointer and hit nothing but net. The Sabres had taken the lead at 55-52 with three seconds left. Alexandria had one final chance to win the game with the 3 seconds remaining but could not get a shot up and the sabres won 55-52.

This was a very exciting and big win for the Sabres as it puts them in fourth place in the central lakes conference. It brings their overall record to 5-8 about halfway through the season. The Sabres hope to keep playing well in the second half of the season and earn a home playoff game. They will play Willmar on Tuesday at 7:30 at the Sartell gym and then head to Brainerd on Friday. These will both be huge games as both teams are in the central lakes conference.

Side Notes:   

Chris Belling scored a career high 19 points in the game vs. Alexandria

Eric Markman had a good night shooting the basketball as he scored 14 points in the win.

Post-game Interview:

Q: How did that last shot feel when you shot it?

Trent Meyer: It felt pretty good but I wasn’t completely sure it was going to go in. I’m glad it did it was an awesome feeling.

Q: Why was this such a big win for you guys?

Trent Meyer: It was big because it helps our conference record out and also because Alexandria was second coming into the game so it was a huge confidence booster for us.

I’m proud of you guys. At halftime we said we have to come out and battle and finish the game and we did that! ”

— Coach Marcus Oistad

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