Prairie Seeds, playing in their 1st state tournament ever, ran out to a 31-19 1st half lead over perennial power Rushford-Peterson. But then the wheels came off for the Lycans.
Nick Thompson hit 2 throws. Then with Cole Kingsley at the FT line for RP, Robert Robertson checked into the game for Prairie Seeds wearing a different number (#24) than he was listed at on the scorecard (#44). A technical foul was called. Kingsley made 1-of-2 on the initial foul, and Thompson made 1-of-2 on the technical. Then, maintaining possession after the technical, RP got a 3 from Trent Vix to complete a 5 point possession. Then Vix hit another 2 with 16 seconds remaining. Going from 31-19 at 2:21 to 31-28 at half-time, RP now had all kinds of momentum for the 2nd half.
Seeds held RP off initially, scoring the 1st 5 points of the 2nd half for a 36-28 lead. But RP quickly tied it up on 3s by Thompson and Vix, and took the lead on yet another 3 from Thompson. Seeds responded, but RP then took the lead for good at 44-41 on another 3 (of the old-fashioned 2 + 1 variety) by Thompson.
The lead bounced between 3 and 6 for several minutes, then grew to 7 at 60-53, and to 10 at 67-57, and as high as 12 before Seeds fought back to within 6 at the final buzzer 74-68.
Thompson was a rock for RP with 34 points, 6 boards and 4 steals. 6-7 Gage Deis of Seeds was just as tough with 14 points, 12 boards and 8 assists. Each team shot 44 percent from the field, but RP had a 26-5 edge from the line. They also had a 26-13 edge on points off turnovers,
Player of the Game: Nick Thompson, RP