The MCCRAY Wolverines, representing the south central Minnesota towns of Maynard, Clara City and Raymond, pulled away from Maranatha Christian Academy in the 2nd half to win their 1st round Class A match-up 61-52.
MCCRAY features 6-7 senior post Seth Hinrichs, who will be playing college ball at Lafayette, while Maranatha countered with a line-up consisting of 5 players all of whom score in double figures on average. And Hinrichs started out strong with 13 1st half points, 7 boards and 2 blocks.
Yet it was Maranatha that had 8 offensive boards and a 9-7 edge in 2nd chance points iin the 1st half. Darian Pittman had 13 1st half points for Maranatha and Isaiah Hanson 10. But only SaVaughn Jordan also scored (7 points). No other Mustang scored in the 1st half. And, guard Jamey Hammond went out with a hyperextended knee and, while he returned, he was not effective after that leg injury.
Each team led 6 times in the 1st half, and there was 1 tie at 6-6. The half-time score was 25-22 MCCRAY, representing the Wolverines' largest lead of the half.
Maranatha scored the 1st 5 points of the 2nd half to take a 27-25 lead, but MCCRAY responded immediately and the game was tied up at 27, 33 and 35 before MCCRAY put the decisive run on the Mustangs. Hinrichs scored on a layup and then a short jumper + 1, and Taylor Thissen followed with a layup on a pass from Riley Aeikens. Suddenly it was 42-35. 2 minutes later Hinrichs scored on a dunk, and another 2 minutes later Brady Boike scored on a pair of layups, both assisted by Aeikens, and it was 51-41 at 4:27. Maranatha never again led after 27-25.
Maranatha whittled the MCCRAY lead down to 5 points at 54-49 at 1:51 on a layup by Darian Pittman, who scored 13 2nd half points. But the Wolverines made 7-of-10 FT inside of 2 minutes to win 61-52.
Both teams scored most of their points in the paint, but MCCRAY got better looks, so they shot 48 percent to the Mustangs' 38 percent. MCCRAY punched the ball into the paint with the pass, and so they assisted on 15 of 22 buckets. Maranatha got into the lane with the dribble drive, and assisted on 7 of 22 buckets. And since the FG were even at 22, MCCRAY obviously made more FT 17-7.
Hinrichs and Boike each shot 9-for-16 for 21 and 19 points respectively, and Hinrichs added a game-high 15 boards. Pittman led Maranatha with 19, Hanson 16 and Jordan 13.
Trench Player: Seth Hinrichs 21 points 15 boards 2 blocks