“You like to have that type of kid that can get inside even though he’s only 6-feet tall. We need everybody to rebound for us and our guards know that.”
The Chargers would not go quietly making a run in the second half as they took advantage of Loyola’s lack of inside height.
The 6-foot-5 Nick Dewanz was the recipient of easy throw-ins from the perimeter. He scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as he helped MVL cut its deficit to single digits with seven minutes remaining after trailing by as many as 19 early in the second.
“We kind of did a couple of different things,” Anderson said. “We fronted him to start out and they were getting the high-low and we weren’t getting our help over there. After halfway through, we said let’s play behind him and we didn’t do a very good job of that either.”
With MVL forced to foul late, Loyola did a great job of calmly making free throws at the end to extend its lead back to double digits by game’s end.
“That is huge in practice,” said Gaspar. “Do a drill, shoot ten free throws. Do another drill, shoot ten free throws. That’s something coach stresses a lot.”
Carson Seifert scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half making six free throws in the final minute and a half. Knutson finished with 12 points and Ryan Van Blarcom added 11.
For the Chargers, Chad Lease led the scoring with 21 points.
Loyola (6-3) advances to play Fairmont in the semifinals tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran College while MVL (4-4) will take on Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in the consolation semifinals at 6 p.m.