The Minden Whippets boys basketball team wrapped up its 2011-12 season on Saturday in Lincoln, competing in the Class C-1 consolation game at Lincoln Northeast High School.
The Whippets were in the consolation contest for the second time in three years, after losing to Wahoo in the semifinals on Friday. Minden would face the Bishop Neumann Cavaliers for third and fourth place.
Neumann was able to defeat Minden 70-51 to place the Whippets in fourth position. Minden ends the season with a 23-3 record and a ranking off fourth in C-1.
Playing in their final game for the Whippets were six seniors: Carson Blum, Derek Kissinger, Thomas Sinsel, Dan Kristensen, Christian Schwenka and Andrew Olson.
Blum had an injured ankle coming into state and in the semifinals injured the other ankle and was unable to compete in his final game. Minden’s coach Shannon Lovin and Neumann’s coach Mike Weiss each agreed to let Blum and Garrett Sloup score baskets and then call a time out to get them out of the game and into the official scorebook.
After the camaraderie, Minden and Bishop Neumann got the ball game really underway. Minden trailed 6-5 on baskets by Blum, Sinsel and a free throw by Schwenka. Neumann then went on a 13-3 run to hold a 19-8 lead after the first period with Sinsel scoring the only field goal during the rally.
The Cavaliers went ahead 13 points, 21-8, after scoring the first points of the second period. Minden got its offense going thanks to Schwenka down on the inside scoring four straight points only to be offset with a Neumann three pointer and layup. Schwenka would score a team-high 21 points in his final contest. Neumann was ahead 26-12. Kristensen put two on the scoreboard followed by another bucket from Sinsel to get Minden to within 12, 28-16.
The Cavaliers pulled ahead by 17 points just under three minutes to play, 33-16. Schwenka’s two free throws trimmed the lead to 33-18. Schwenka’s three-point play rounded out Minden’s scoring in first half but Neumann made back to back layups to go into intermission holding a 15 point advantage, 39-24.
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