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A late surge of momentum from the Rabbits was too much to overcome as Wabasso narrowly defeated the Sleepy Eye Public boys basketball team on Dec. 10.
What looked like an easy win for the Indians turned into a nail-biter in the second half. Sleepy Eye started the game with superb shooting. Senior Brandon Polesky led the way by making several field goals which put the pressure on Wabasso. But the Rabbit’s offense was held to just 36 points as the Indians showed tight defense which forced some missed shots by Wabasso.
Sleepy Eye had a 46-36 lead at half time, but most of the second half was controlled by the Rabbits. The Indians had a good start as they jumped to a 54-40 lead, but Wabasso made a run of its own and caught up in a hurry. The Rabbits stepped up their aggressive style of play in both their offense and defense which gave them some momentum. After they cut the lead to just seven at 52-59, the run continued as Wabasso made it a one point game at 59-58.
Sleepy Eye finally got things going on offense when senior Juan Montemayor made two 3-pointers in a row to take a 69-61 lead. But the physical players of Wabasso continued to strike. One of which was a tall power forward, who gave the Indians some trouble after he rebounded the ball multiple times which led to even more baskets for the Rabbits. With two minutes remaining in the game, Sleepy Eye had a 73-70 lead and focused on keeping possession. The Indians passed the ball around well and forced Wabasso to foul with close to a minute left. The Rabbits managed to tie the game at 75 after some successful free throws. Sleepy Eye then had the ball but a late foul was called on an Indian which sent Wabasso to the line again. This time the Wabasso player had three chances for free throws, but only made one of them to take a one point lead at 76-75. Sleepy Eye had a final opportunity with four seconds left, but a tipped pass was all she wrote as the Indians couldn’t come up with a final shot.
“Its tough to lose a game like this,” Sleepy Eye Coach Brian Polesky said. “We need to improve defensively as we gave up too many easy baskets. We have been a strong free-throw shooting team thus far in the early season but tonight we struggled from the line.”
Polesky led with 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Meanwhile, Montemayor added 20 points and four rebonds. Spencer Weicherding scored 10 points and Austin Trebesch scored eight. Finally, Lane Trebesch and Austin Fischer combined for six points and seven rebounds.
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Sleepy Eye drops to 2-3 on the season, and will travel across town to take on St. Mary’s this Friday at 7:30 p.m.