Trojan boy cagers set up huge Tuesday game with New Ulm

Worthington, coming off a 70-55 win over Pipestone Area Saturday, will play New Ulm Tuesday for the outright Big South Conference title


WASECA -- It’s all going to come down to one game for all the marbles for the Worthington High School boys basketball team.

After Saturday’s 70-55 victory against Pipestone Area in the Big South Conference Showcase in Waseca, head coach Clint Meyer announced that the Trojans will compete against New Ulm on Tuesday for the outright conference crown.

“Winner takes all,” Meyer said.


The Trojans and the Eagles split a pair of regular season contests, with Worthington winning in Worthington 61-54 on Jan. 13 and New Ulm winning in New Ulm 69-63 on Feb. 2. Both games were high-intensity, tightly fought affairs.

Worthington will take a 19-4 record into the game.


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The locals used Saturday’s game against Pipestone Area as good preparation, showing the kind of strong, aggressive defense as the Trojans are known for, and getting out into their transition game well.

“It was back-and-forth early,” said Meyer. “We got 12 consecutive stops at one point to stretch it out to 12 or 14 points. I think about seven of those stops came by turnovers.”

Zach Hayenga scored 22 points for Worthington while teammate Abagotte Opiew also played well with 17 points. Mikele Walu and Kaleb Knothe both scored eight points.

Merrick Heidebrink had 17 for Pipestone Area and Rysley Borman had 14.

Worthington 37 70

Pipestone Area 30 55

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