Jacob Hennen scored 27 points against the Bluejays.

Big 3 shine in win over Bluejays

The total of Minneota’s last three victories comes to 270-174 — or nearly a 100-point advantage.
The state’s No. 1-ranked team in Class A blew past all three — but not without a few moments of trepidation — which is defined as, “A moment of fear or agitation at what might happen.”
Friday night in a 90-61 win over Renville County West, the Vikings led just 36-27 at the half — but pulled away for the win.
Tuesday night at Prinsburg, a high-scoring first half left the Vikings in front, 52-44. But again, they poured on the afterburners for a 20-point, 84-64 win.
“We’re going to have a target on our back all year. Everyone is going to come at us,” said Coach Dave Busselman.
He hasn’t been wrong.
But as they’ve done time-and-time again, Minneota’s Big Three scorers, Thomas and Jacob Hennen and Logan Sussner stepped up against the Bluejays and put the game away for the Vikings.
Thomas Hennen hit five, three-pointers and six of seven free throws to lead the team with 29 points.   He also had four rebounds and six assists.
Sophomore brother Jacob went off like a Fourth of July firecracker. He sank eight of nine two-pointers, three of four three-poinrers and finished an 11 of 13 shooting night with 27 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals.
Then there was Sussner, who scored 23 points — including an astounding 13 of 15 at the free throw line along with five buckets and he gathered in 13 of Minneota’s 33 rebounds. Eight of those rebounds came off the offensive boards.
Point guard Jared Josephson dished out six assists and had three steals.
The Vikings other starter, Nolan Boerboom got into foul trouble with four on the night and got off only four shots all night as he spent some time on the bench.
Central MN Christian junior Peter Martin sank seven of 12 three-pointers and led the Bluejays with 25 points.
Freshman Case Mulder scored 16 and Blake Greenwaldt had 10.
The Bluejays led 14-13 and 18-17 in the early going.
But the Vikings took the lead at 22-21 and expanded it to 44-29 before settling for the eight-point halftime cushion. They outscored the Bluejays 32-20 in the second half as they clamped down on the high-scoring  Bluejay “M Boys,” Martin and Mulder.

Minneota 84, Central MN Christian 64
MINNEOTA (2’s, 3’s, FT, F, TP) Nolan Boerboom 1 0 1-2 4 3; Riley Buysse 0 0 0-0 2 0; Jacob Hennen 8 3 2-4 0 27; Thomas Hennen 4 5 6-7 2 29; Jarod Josephson 0 0 0-0 2 0; Mitchell Rost 0 0 0-0 0 0; Alex Saltzer 1 0 0-0 1 2; Logan Sussner 5 0 13-15 2 23. Totals 19 8 22-28 13 84.
CMC (2’s, 3’s, FT, F,TP) Blake Greenwaldt 0 3 1-2 3 10; Jay Marcus 0 0 0-0 3 0; Peter Martin 2 7 0-0 2 25; Sam Mellema 1 0 0-0 2 2; Case Mulder 5 2 0-0 4 16; Eddie Mulder 1 0 0-0 3 2; Ben Van Eps 3 0 1-2 3 7; Caleb Vander Beek 1 0 0-2 1 2. Totals 13 12 2-7 21 64.
Score by Halves
Minneota         52    32   —  84
CMC               44    20   —  64
Statistics:
SHOOTING: Minneota (2’s 19 of 37 for 51 percent; 3’s 8 of 22 for 36 percent; overall 27 of 59 for 46 percent); CMC (2’s 3 of 34 for 38 percent; 3’s 12 of 26 for 46 percent; overall 25 of 60 for 42 percent).
FREE THROWS: Minneota 22 of 28 for 79 percent; CMC 2 of 7 for 29 percent.
REBOUNDS: Minneota 33 (Sussner 13; J. Hennen 5; T. Hennen, Boerboom 4 each; Josephson, Saltzer 3 each, Rost 1); CMC 9.
TURNOVERS: Minneota 10, CMC 3.
STEALS: Minneota 8 (Josephson 3, T,Hennen, Sussner 2 each, Saltzer 1); CMC 3.
ASSISTS: Minneota 18 (T. Hennen, Josephson 6 each; Sussner, Boerboom 2 each; Rost, Saltzer 1 each); CMC 3.
BLOCKS: Minneota 8 (T. Hennen, Sussner 3 each; Boerboom 2); CMC 0.
 

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