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Cass Lake-Bena rally denied, Gators go wild as 55-47 Section 8A champions

 

March 26, 2021

Cass Lake-Bena freshman Dominic Fairbanks (4) shoots to score a 3-pointer in the Section 8A championship game against Badger/Greenbush-Middle River on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The final buzzer signaled what Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball head coach John Wind already knew: "We ran out of time."

Cass Lake-Bena freshman Kaydin Lee (5) attempts a 3-pointer in the second half of the Section 8A championship game against Badger/Greenbush-Middle River on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

The Panthers nearly overcame a 16-point deficit in the final 12 minutes on Thursday, sneaking out of Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls with the Section 8A championship. Instead, the comeback ran out of steam and underdog Badger/Greenbush-Middle River celebrated a dramatic 55-48 win for its first title since 2007.

"We had a game plan and we didn't execute it. And then we ran out of time, basically," Wind said. "We came out flat and played flat most of the game. It goes back to us not executing our game plan. We didn't execute our offenses, and our defense just wasn't there. They're a decent team, a good team. They played harder."

https://www.bemidjipioneer.com/sports/basketball/6954304-BOYS-BASKETBALL-Cass-Lake-Bena-rally-denied-Gators-go-wild-as-55-47-Section-8A-champions

Section 8A Boys Basketball Championship –#E1​ Cass Lake-Bena vs #W2​ Badger/Greenbush-MR - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ralzXT-Q_eU

 

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