Bjorklund’s buzzer beater pushes SE past Holy Family

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It was a thrilling victory for Sibley East’s boys’ basketball team Thursday at Gaylord. Marshall Bjorklund banked in a shot as time expired to give the Wolverines a 69-67 win over conference rival Holy Family.

Holy Family would erase a double digit deficit in the second half but Sibley East would rebound in the knick of time. As time was winding down, Bjorklund took a pass from Lucas Herd. The senior center would spin to his right and hit the game winner as the buzzer sounded.

“It was a great battle between two good teams,” Sibley East coach Todd Warzecha said.

A battle it was in the first half as teams traded runs early. Holy Family poured in the first six points. Sibley East then led 15-10 only to have the Fire net the next nine points. The game was knotted at 34-34 at the break.

Powered by the scoring of Bjorklund, Justin Rettmann and Ian Berg, the Wolverines built a double digit lead in the second half. But, turnovers and free throws enabled Holy Family to get back in the game.

The score was tied at 52-52 before Berg rattled in a three-point hoop. Sibley East would stretch its lead to seven points but couldn’t put the Fire away. Holy Family knotted the game with 18 seconds left only to have the Wolverines and Bjorklund answer with the game winner.

Sibley East shot 53% from two-point range while making 5 of 20 three point attempts. The Wolverines were 14 of 24 from the free throw line.

Bjorklund finished the game with 28 points, 24 rebounds, seven blocks and seven assists. Rettmann added 17 points.

Berg and Herd charted eight and six rebounds respectively. The guard tandem also combined for eight assists.

Sibley East, 19-3, closes out its regular season Thursday, March 4th at New Ulm. The Wolverines will begin post season play at Gaylord on Thursday, March 11th.

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