The Huskies boys varsity basketball team was back in action for a rare Monday night tilt as they traveled to Bloomington Kennedy to take on the Eagles. On an interesting side note, the mother of former Huskies great Nick Kampa is the principal at Bloomington Kennedy and was on hand to take in the event.
The first half was a back and forth tilt with neither team leading by more than three points. The Huskies found themselves down one near the end of the half when Tait Nelson was fouled while attempting a three pointer at the buzzer. The boys were only able to capitalize on one make put it was enough to tie the score at 26 all going into the break.
The second half was an equally even square off. With the score tied 44-44, Kennedy all star Markel Aune got a hoop, stole the ball, and scored again to put the host team up by four. A huge three pointer off of a base line inbounds play by Mickey Jah would bring the Huskies within one. An Eagles miss, Huskies rebound, and a quick drive and layup by Jah put the Huskies up by one. Aune would answer with a jumper off of an offensive rebound to let the Eagles retake the lead. The Huskies got Tait Nelson a great look for a three but the ball would not drop. The Eagles boarded the ball and the Huskies immediately fouled with 8.2 seconds left. The Eagles would shoot a one and one, but missed the front end. Joe Flett grabbed the board, outletted the ball to Jah who put on the burners to race up the court in order to beat the clock. He dished to Sully Jahnke for the winning layup. But wait!!! An Eagles defender appeared out of no where to swat the ball out of bounds before it found glory and the Huskies would inbound with .5 seconds remaining. The rest is the stuff of legends….the Eagles took away the Huskies pick and roll to the rim so the ball went to Jah in the far corner for a catch and release three point attempt that hit nothing but the bottom of the net for the improbable come from behind 52-50 victory.
The Huskies were paced by Jah’s 16, including the last eight points down the stretch. Tait Nelson added 14, Drew Nelson and Sully Jahnke each scored 9, while Derek Hergenrader added a big three pointer and Joe Flett added a free throw and several big rebounds.
The boys are back in action on Thursday as they take on the Zephyrs of Mahtomedi in a section tilt.