On Tuesday New York Mills beat a very good Henning team for the 3rd time this season 65-60, claiming the Section 6A North Sub-Section Championship and advancing to the Section 6A title game against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Friday. The Jaguars were able to earn a 71-66 win over the Eagles.
Head Coach Mike Baune commented on the game with Henning, saying, “As usual we got a big lead on them and they came roaring back. Huge credit to those boys as they showed huge heart and guts and got it to within a few points but ultimately we leaned on our senior squad to steady the ship and finish it off. Tate Olson had a big triple double with 21pt/14rb/10ast. I was very happy with our composure down the stretch to make winning plays.”
Baune continued, “On Friday we faced maybe the only team in the state that can out-athlete us in BBE. They are a team without any weaknesses and one who will make a lot of noise down at Williams Arena this week for the state tourney. We leaned heavily on our superstar Tate Olson in the scoring column and he was absolutely unstoppable scoring 38 hard earned points for us. Breck Hensch also showed his great basketball savvy making huge plays every time we needed and also knocked in a few threes en route to 13 points. Ultimately the combo of stud guard Kaden Pieper and knock down shooter Ashton Dingman proved too much for us to stop defensively. We laid it all on the line in an epic comeback as we cranked up the pressure down 16 with 5 minutes or so left and getting it all the way down to 3 points with around a minute left. We couldn’t get the lucky bounce or call that you need to complete a huge comeback like that. Regardless, I couldn’t have been more proud of our guys as we went down swinging.
“This ends the careers of 7 amazing seniors, most of whom have been in a Varsity uniform for 3-4 years,” added Coach Baune. “Tate Olson will be deciding on a college to play basketball at in the coming months. They certainly left their mark on New York Mills basketball and will go down as one of the greatest teams ever. We set out to be special this season, and I wholeheartedly believe that we were. I’ll miss them greatly and look forward to following them all in their future endeavors.”