Sleepy Eye Public, 79
Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 71
It doesn't matter how long a team has led the game, the basketball team that comes out on top at the buzzer is the winner. This was the situation for the Sleepy Eye Indian boy's basketball team on Thursday, February 28th when they faced the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers in the first game of the postseason.
MVL took the lead right from the beginning and would not let go of its grasp until much later in the game. Sleepy Eye was able to tie the game at 11-11 as a result of a basket from Brandon Polesky. MVL then pulled out an 8-0 run to lead by the biggest gap of the game until the second half.
The Sleepy Eye Indians slowly regained their position into the game by coming closer to the lead. The closest they came back to that lead in the first half was at 25-26 when Juan Montemayor put the Indians within one with a basket underneath. The half ended with MVL still in the lead at 31-33.
The second half started out with a huge tie-game basket from Jake Trebesch that made the game 33-33. MVL, however, still led the Indians at that point, and Sleepy Eye struggled to take the lead until Jake Trebesch pulled out a basket and free throw off of a foul. That would tie the game at 57-57. MVL made one free throw before Tyler Netzke of the Sleepy Eye Indians made two of his own free throws to put the Sleepy Eye Indians ahead 59-58 at the six minute mark.
While MVL had led the entire game up to that point, the Sleepy Eye Indians took their turn at the lead. MVL was able to tie the game twice more but without any luck. Free throws accounted for 11 of the final 22 points in favor of the Sleepy Eye Indians, securing the game for them at the buzzer at a final score of 79-71.