The Bison Boys basketball held off the STMA Knights last night in the main gym for the section 8AAAA quarterfinal. It was a last minute victory for the Bison, defeating STMA 64-62.
The Bison went into the game as the number 1 seed in 8AAAA and STMA was going in as the number 8 seed.
“Numbers really don’t matter, you just have to go into the game giving it all you got,” Junior Nate Dahl said. Dahl led the team with 17 points last night.
In the first few minutes of the game the Bison went on a 10-0 run, but STMA slowed down the Bison’s offense and from then the score was neck and neck.
“Johnny Tennyson did his thing tonight and all we could do was try our best to stop him,” Dahl said.
The Knight’s Senior Johnny Tennyson finished the game with 30 points and was definitely the Bison’s biggest struggle defensively.
“Johnny Tennyson got hot and he was hitting some crazy shots. It was tough stopping him,” Senior Will Pool said. Pool finished with 13 points.
With the score going back and forth it was a battle keeping the lead for the Bison.
“We were hot and playing good defense and you’re not going to hold a team’s score list for a whole game, so they’re going to hit shots at some point and they did but we were able to respond,” Pool said.
In the last 30 seconds of the game the Knight’s had the opportunity to score and potentially win the game but as they were driving up to the basket, they charged and fouled Dahl.
“Having everyone’s back is important. All the Seniors on the team have my back and I’d do the same for them,” Dahl said.
The Bison will now face the number 5 seed, Brainerd Warriors, Saturday, March 12 at 4pm in the main gym.
“We played them [Brainerd] and they had a big lead on us at halftime,” Dahl said.
The Bison defeated the Warriors 75-58 in their last matchup.
“Our first game against them we had a comeback win, and I don’t think we should’ve been down in the first place. I think we should just play good from the start and we can get another win,” Pool said.