The Huskies varsity boys basketball team hosted the Zephyrs of Mahtomedi on Thursday night in a section contest. The Huskies were hoping to maintain their undefeated section record while the Zephyrs were coming off of a 25 point victory over St. Thomas Academy (the same St. Thomas Academy that beat the Huskies by a similar score earlier in the year).
Early on, the game was a back and forth contest with the lead alternating between 3-4 points. The Zephyrs began taking the upper hand at about the 9 minute mark and went on a 12-0 run to push their lead to 10. The Huskies weathered that storm but found themselves in a 43-32 hole at the halftime break.
The start of the second half found the Zephyrs rebounding quick Huskies shots and transitioning off of Huskies misses to beat the host team down the court for layups. This combination was toxic to the Huskies and would lead to a 30 point deficit for the good guys. Though the outlook was bleak, the boys did not give up. Instead of sulking, they upped their energy and focus and cut the lead to 20. More energy was expelled and the lead was cut to 15. One final push saw the lead cut to 11, but the boys ran out of ticks on the clock and found themselves on the wrong end of a 13 point loss.
Mickey Jah continued his elite play in leading the boys with 24 points. Tait Nelson came alive in the second half to finish with 21, while an undersized Sully Jahnke would fight his tail off against the much bigger Zephyrs and finish with 12.
The boys record falls to 7-6. They hope to soon be healthy and get everyone back together as conference play starts on Tuesday as the boys host the Tigers from Fridley.