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Cards’ journey to state title ends abruptly due to COVID-19

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Carsen Eley goes up against the Northwood defender, Logan Henning, on this shot under the basket. The Northwood defense ran out of steam late in the game.
Luck defeated Northwood in WIAA sectionals in final game
of season

HAYWARD – A second-half recovery allowed the Luck boys basketball team to continue its playoff path as of Thursday night, March 12.
In what finished as the final night of postseason play for the 2019-2020 season due to WIAA’s cancellation due to coronavirus concerns, the Cardinals overcame a slim halftime deficit by nearly doubling Northwood’s second-half point total in a 63-44 sectional win at Hayward. Levi Jensen had a game-high 24 points, scoring 17 after halftime.
Jensen’s first three points were scored early in the first half to end a 4-0 Evergreens run to start the game, and he later he scored from short range to give the Cardinals their final lead of the first half, at 16-15. Northwood eventually took a 21-20 lead into the break, but Luck reclaimed the advantage early in the second half.
The Cardinals scored the first six points of the second half and soon after had a 6-0 run that put them up 33-27. The Evergreens trailed for the remainder. With a 39-34 lead and less than eight minutes remaining in regulation, Jensen sank 3-pointers on back-to-back trips to give the Cardinals an 11-point lead.
Jensen and Gage Johansen had additional 3-pointers soon after and Carsen Eley sank four attempts at the free-throw line in a 13-2 Luck run to put the Cardinals up by double digits for the remainder. Northwood’s reliance on long-range shooting, in addition to Luck’s scoring, made the difference down the stretch; the Evergreens were 1-for-8 from 3-point range in the final 10 minutes.
Luck also held an advantage at the free-throw line, going 16-for-25 while Northwood was just 6-for-14.
Johansen finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for Luck; Eley had 11 points and Ben Smith added 10. Joshua Daleiden and Collin Krmpotich had 11 points each for Northwood.
The Cardinals finished the season with a 21-5 overall record and would have advanced to within a game of the state final, had the postseason not been canceled due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.


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