Spartans Hold Off Winhawks
In the final High School Hoops on HBC game for 2018, the Winona Winhawks hosted the Rochester Mayo Spartans.
Winona was happy to be back home – it was their first game on their court since the season opener against Austin on December 7th. Mayo Head Coach Luke Madsen said before the game that Winona’s size and physical strength could pose a problem for his squad.
The Spartans opened up the game by staying to the outside, and received their first basket via a jumper from Michael Sharp. Winona then countered with a 3 from Jake Reeck.
The teams would trade buckets for the first few minutes of the game, and neither team would hold more than a 3-point lead. That was until Gabe Madsen started to take over. The Junior pulled up for a 3 from beyond NBA range with 12:59 left to go in the First Half. The basket would give Mayo a 5-point lead that they would not relinquish.
Madsen was a one-man wrecking crew for the Spartans, scoring 30 points in the first half. That output led Mayo to a 56-37 Halftime advantage.
Winona was not out of the game, though. The Winhawks clamped down on defense in the Second Half, keying in on Madsen. Though Madsen still found ways to score, he was not quite the force he was in the First Half, and finished the game with 44 points.
Winona would get the lead under double-digits with a 3-pointer from Reeck with about 11 minutes left in the game, but Mayo continued to find ways to come back, and held Winona at bay finishing with a 95-83 win.
Mayo had just 5 bench points in the game, but their starters were able to do their damage. Mason Madsen had 15 as the second-leading scorer, Calvin Dixon had 13, and Mohamed Hammadelneil chipped in 11.
For Winona, Reeck had 23 points, Ethan Prodzinski came off the bench to provide a spark with 17, and Bradley Winter matched that output with 17 of his own.
Mayo improves to 4-1 on the season, while Winona falls to 1-3. However, it should set up an interesting match between the two teams, when they meet again in Rochester on February 5.
Winona will take a rest on Wednesday, before playing back-to-back games against Kasson-Mantorville and Mankato West on December 20 & 21. Winona will see the KoMets again during the Winona State Holiday Tournament after Christmas.
The next High School Hoops on HBC contest will be January 8, when Wabasha-Kellogg hosts St. Charles in Girls Basketball play.