Indians finish with the highest win total since 2009.

The Indian boys basketball team entered the Section 2A, north subsection playoffs on a play-in game against the Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart Mustangs at home Thursday night, March 1. They ended the night victorious.

Sleepy Eye71  BLHS 58

These two teams split in the season—each winning on their home court.

The first half started strong for the Mustangs, but the Indians soon caught up and the half was close. The Indians went ahead, 28-27, on a bucket, followed by a free-throw, by Jon Mickelson with 2:42 left on the clock. They added four more points and BLHS put in a buzzer-beater trey to end the half down by only two points, 32-30.

The Indians came out hot in the second half and built the lead for their 13-point win to advance in subsection play—to meet the number one seed Mayer Lutheran.

Zach Haala led the Indians Thursday night with 20 points. Coach Shane Heiderscheidt said Jon Mickelson had his best overall game as an Indian. He scored 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had seven blocks. Kegan Heiderscheidt and Ben Laffen got 10 points each. “We played great defense and avenged the earlier season loss,” said Coach Heiderscheidt.

Mayer Lutheran 85  Sleepy Eye 44

Scheduled for Monday night, the snowstorm that closed area schools, pushed the game at Mayer Lutheran to Tuesday evening, March 6. Turns out the Crusaders of Mayer Lutheran were ranked number one for a reason. They were just too much for the Indians, controlling the game from the start.

Zach Haala led with 13 points; Ben Laffen got 12.

Coach Heiderscheidt gave his players credit for their effort in the loss. “We played hard, but they shot the ball well,” he said. He also found satisfaction in the team’s overall performance this season pointing out they achieved the highest win total for the Sleepy Eye Indians since 2009.