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Section 3AA boys basketball: JCC starts fast, holds on

AARON HAGEN Daily Globe WINDOM -- Jackson County Central has an experienced, senior-laden team. But in the final minute it was freshman Rudy Voss who found himself in a high-pressure situation for the JCC boys basketball team. Voss made four free...

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Jackson County Central's Easton Bahr drives as teammate Nico Feroni (3) looks on. (Tim Middagh/Daily Globe)

AARON HAGEN

Daily Globe

WINDOM -- Jackson County Central has an experienced, senior-laden team.

But in the final minute it was freshman Rudy Voss who found himself in a high-pressure situation for the JCC boys basketball team.

Voss made four free throws in the final minute of Thursday night’s Section 3AA game as the Huskies defeated Minneota 89-75.

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“It was a good win,” Voss said. “It was hard to come out with the same intensity in the second half because we were up by so much, because you want the game to be over sometimes. They played hard and shot the ball incredibly in the second half. They got crazy hot, they are a good team.”

With the win, JCC advances to the Section 3AA South championship at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

“To be honest, it’s been absolutely amazing this year,” Voss said. “I don’t want it to end. The seniors love me and I love them so much. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys.”

JCC led by double figures for most of the game, but a 12-2 Minneota run late had the Vikings within five points, 80-75.

“They played hard and made a tremendous amount of shots at the end,” JCC head coach Trent Sukalski said. “Our guys, they do what they had to do at the end. I don’t think our guys ever got rattled, they did a good job. Down the stretch, the guys made free throws, they handled the ball and took care of the ball.”

Enter Voss.

The 6-2 guard made four consecutive free throws in a 25-second span to push the lead to nine points, sealing the JCC victory.

“I didn’t hear anything,” Voss said. “Just shoot it and make it. It was just concentration and zone the crowd out and focus.”

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It was a tight game early as the teams were tied at 13 halfway through the first half.

But the Huskies went on a 13-0 run over the next minute, 43 seconds to lead 26-13.

“We just never stop and we’re always working hard,” Voss said. “Teams cannot beat us when we shoot the ball really well.”

Easton Bahr started the run with a triple and Jacob Christopher followed with a 3 of his own. Christopher then turned a steal into a layup before Ryan Christopher made a three-point play and then hit a jumper to cap the run.

The Huskies led 46-29 at halftime, but Minneota hung around and was within 11, 74-63 with less than four minutes remaining.

Chris Gumto made a shot inside for JCC and Jacob Christopher made two free throws to push the lead back to 15.

But the Vikings kept chipping away and with 2:11 left, were within eight points -- the first time the deficit was single digits since midway through the first half. After Thomas Hennen hit a 3 to get the score within eight, the sophomore guard made another as Minneota was within five, 80-75.

Minneota 29 75Jackson County Central 46 89

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