Eagle boys prepare for Spartans
The New York Mills boys basketball team, (18-6) seeded fifth in Section 6A North, travel to Ulen to take on the Ulen-Hitterdal Spartans (17-9), seeded fourth, tonight, Thursday, Mar. 10.
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The two teams met in early February, in NY Mills, where the Spartans came away with a 60-54 victory.
"We're out for blood this time," Tristan Huwe said. "I thought we should have been able to beat them last time."
With only three seniors on the team, the Spartans will be playing shorthanded on experience compared to the Eagles, who boast nine upperclassmen. Those seniors will certainly be looking to extend their season and careers.
"They're a lot younger than us," Huwe said.
Huwe will likely be matched up against sophomore guard Neil Henrickson.
"I plan on doing the old veteran move to get in his head and swim around in his thoughts," Huwe said.
The Eagles come into the game winners of four straight, including the regular season finale, 66-37, thumping of Parkers Prairie.
After a rough start against some ranked teams, the Eagles have been tough to beat winning 16 of their last 18 games.
"I anticipated starting a little better," Huwe said. "I'd like to play Battle Lake again now."
Huwe, along with 1,000-point scorer Isaiah Bauck and sharpshooter Adam Snelgrove, will likely be looked to for important points on this playoff run.
Down the stretch, as Snelgrove's jump shot goes so have the Eagles.
"His game has picked up," Huwe said. "He's always liked shooting the three. He's really kept us in it and it's always nice starting a game up 6-0."
A victory in Ulen will likely match NY Mills up with the number one seeded Ada-Borup Cougars. The Cougars are 19-5 on the season and ranked number six in Class A. They play the winner of the play-in game between Norman County West (5-20) and Waubun (1-22).
Home court advantage will be moved to a neutral court for the following semifinal and section championship round. Those games will be played at Concordia College-Moorhead.
The semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 12 at 6:30 p.m.