March 18, 2019 05:02 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Lake City Tigers were a “Jekyll and Hyde” team on Friday night—and it got them to their second state boys’ basketball tournament in three years.
Thanks to a big second-half, where the Tigers outscored the St. Charles Saints, 41-15, Lake City defeated the Saints, 70-42. Tigers junior Nathan Heise led all scorers with 26 points.
St. Charles, the no.6 seed in the Section 1AA playoffs, upset Stewartville and Caledonia in the quarterfinals and semifinals to reach the championship game—a tough way for the season to end for the Saints’ senior class.
"Nine seniors, obviously, they're terrific,” Saints head coach Terry Knothe said. “At the end of the game, I wanted to put the juniors in, and (the juniors) said 'leave the seniors in, they deserve it. They've been great mentors and great friends for us this year,' so that kind of says how our own players recognize what kind of people they are, and we'll miss them a lot."
The Tigers will await their state tournament fate. The Class AA state boys’ basketball tournament will begin play on Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Updated: March 18, 2019 05:02 PM
Created: March 15, 2019 10:39 PM
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