Updated: Mar 19
The Worthington Trojans boys basketball team came up short Friday night in the Section 2AAA championship game as the third-seeded Trojans were defeated by top-seeded Mankato East, 64-50.
Mankato East took a quick early lead and the Trojans struggled to make any sort of significant run offensively. The Cougars constructed a 36-23 halftime advantage and the Trojans – though having several stretches of two or more consecutive defensive stops – couldn’t cut the lead to less than a dozen the rest of the night.
Leading the way in points scored for Worthington, which finished its season with a 21-7 record, was Abagotte Opiew with 12 points. His twin brother, Marenono Opiew, contributed 10 points; Jacari Swinea added nine and Kaleb Knothe eight.
It was the last high school boys basketball game for six graduating Trojan seniors – the Opiews, Charles Brands, Mikele Walu, Nasim Zeidi and Omot Okony.
For Mankato East, which enters next week’s state tournament with a 24-5 record, Dwayne Bryant had 15 points while Carson Schweim and Manaow Omot added 11 points apiece. The Cougars have received the fourth seed at state and will face No. 5 Alexandria at noon Tuesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.