Holy Family shot the ball extremely well last Tuesday but the Fire had no answer for Sibley East’s Marshall Bjorklund. The 6’-7” junior center poured in 36 points to lead the Wolverines to a 75-57 Minnesota River Conference (MRC) win at Gaylord.
A sharpshooting Holy Family team gave Sibley East’s boys’ basketball team all it could handle in the first half. But, Bjorklund and and the Wolverines proved too strong down the stretch as they remained unbeaten in league action.
“We played excellent in the second half,” Sibley East head coach Todd Warzecha said. “I thought our guys did a great job of protecting the ball and getting good offensive sets. That enabled us to get the ball to [Bjorklund] and he delivered.”
It was evident early that the styles of the two teams would clash. While Holy Family was dropping in three-point baskets, Sibley East was scoring most of its first half points a bit closer to the hoop.
Bjorklund scored 20 points in the opening half and the Wolverines led at the break 29-28. Nate Weingart fueled Holy Family’s offense in the first half with four three-point baskets. The Fire hit a total of six shots from beyond the three-point arc in the opening half.
Holy Family poured in five more three-pointers in the second half but it couldn’t keep pace with Sibley East’s offense. Bjorklund continued his steady scoring pace and he was joined in the second half scoring column by eight teammates.
Guards Ian Berg and Lucas Herd gave Sibley East an outside shooting threat in the second half. They combined for a trio of three-point baskets while Justin Rettmann, Tyler Agre and Michael Schultz added four points apiece.
Sibley East shot better than 62% from the field on the night while making 19 of 31 free throw attempts. The Wolverines also held a 42-25 rebounding advantage.
Bjorklund had 18 rebounds and five blocked shots to go along with his career best 36 points. He was two points shy of Sibley East’s single game scoring record set in the early 1990’s by Cory Uecker. Gene Zachow holds the Gaylord High School record with 50 points in one game.
Berg added five assists in the win while Agre led the Wolverines defensively with three steals.
Sibley East, 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the MRC, will host Le Sueur-Henderson on Thursday. The Wolverines will play at Nicollet on Monday, February 2nd.
…rout Redbirds 68-30
It didn’t take long for Sibley East’s boy cagers to take command Friday as they thumped visiting Montgomery-Lonsdale 68-30.
Sibley East coach Todd Warzecha highlighted his team’s defensive play. The Wolverines held the Redbirds to eight field goals for the game and an 18% field goal shooting percentage.
“It was a great defensive effort and a great team effort,” Warzecha said. “Tyler Agre did a great job of fronting [Montgomery-Lonsdale’s] big man while Lincoln Bjorklund’s weak side help forced a lot of turnovers.”
Bjorklund finished the game with six steals. Michael Schultz meanwhile led Sibley East offensively with 18 points. The senior also recorded eight rebounds and three steals. Marshall Bjorklund added 16 points and ten rebounds for the winners.