Bluejacket boys defend Hibbing hoops title

C-I sweeps games against Duluth Marshall, Chisholm and host Bluejackets

Greg Hunt

Cambridge-Isanti continued its fun run at the Hibbing Holiday Tourney, winning its fifth straight title at the annual Christmas break gathering. The Bluejackets continued to build team chemistry over the trip while going 3-0 at the tourney, including rallying to knock off host Hibbing 64-59 in the championship bout Dec. 30.

The C-I boys took an 8-point lead of 32-24 into the locker room, but the northern Bluejackets came back to lead by five points with 4 minutes to play. Mike Henderscheid then hit a couple big baskets, and the guards continued to shoot well from the arc to pull away.

Ted Lutterman hit 6-of-9 three-pointers and finished with 26 points to lead the Cambridge-Isanti boys  past Hibbing (4-5). Henderscheid finished with 12 points, hitting 6-of-10 from the field, and added 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. Preston Bosacker scored 9 points and dished 5 assists. Ryan Rosenberg, Cory Prybilla and Jonah Poppen all added 5 points in the championship. Freshman Matt Swanson came off the bench to led with 8 rebounds.

“The biggest thing we took from this tournament was developing discipline on both offense and defense_ particularly over our last two games,” said C-I Coach Mike McDonald, whose bested the Hibbing squad coached by his brother Joel. “We didn’t play all that well in the first game, but we played smart to pull out two close wins on Wednesday and Thursday.”

C-I 48, Chisholm 45
The McDonald family reunion began in the tourney semifinals when the Bluejackets faced Chisholm, coached by Mike’s father Bob McDonald. The Bluestreaks (5-1) are ranked 9th in Class A.

Coach Mike had his team working on its zone defense throughout the title battle which stood at 19-14 at the half with long possessions by both squads. Bosacker, playing solidly throughout the tourney, came up with key plays down the stretch to help the Jackets hold off the Bluejackets. He finished with 6 points and 3 assists.

Lutterman again led C-I with 15 points, adding three more ‘3s’ while pacing the team with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Rosenberg scored 9 points and passed for 4 assists. Jordan Schleicher chipped in 8 points, and Henderscheid finished with 6 points and 5 rebounds. Prybilla led with 3 steals.

C-I 64, Duluth Marshall 53
The Bluejackets opened the tourney with a win over the Hilltoppers in the quarterfinals. Bosacker got the team going with 16 points, netting all seven of his field goal attempts (two 3s). Rosenberg scored 12, Henderscheid 11 and Lutterman 10. Henderscheid doubled up with 10 rebounds and added 4 steals, with Prybilla grabbing 8 boards.

M-8 Boys Basketball
Zimmerman 7-2; Rogers 6-2; Big Lake 5-3; Cambridge-Isanti 4-2; St. Michael-Alb. 5-4; Buffalo 3-3; Princeton 2-5; Becker 2-5; Monticello 2-8.