Washburn upsets boys’ basketball in section finals

Matt Muenzberg, Sports Editor

For the second straight year, the boys’ basketball was upset in the section finals. This time, it was the Washburn Millers playing spoiler, beating BSM 71-66 on Thursday, March 15 at Chanhassen High School.

BSM, the top seed in the section and the consensus number one team in class AAA all season, came into the game on a 27 game winning streak. The Red Knights were hoping to get back to State after being stunned by Waconia in the section finals the previous year.

The team started slow, giving Washburn an early lead. The Red Knights then went on a 16-4 run, putting them up by nine points half way through the first half. The Millers clawed back though, cutting the score to 31-28 going into the break.

The Millers came out on fire in the second, going on a 12-2 run to start the half. Senior forward Sanjay Lumpkin made a few big baskets to put the Red Knights back in the game with about eight minutes left in the game.

Both teams traded leads until about one minute left in the game, when Washburn led by two. In the final minute, Washburn scored eight straight points. Senior guard Isaiah Gray made a three pointer at the buzzer, but it was too little too late for the Red Knights.

The basketball players from the class of 2012 will go down as some of the best in the school’s history, with two players reaching 1,000 points (Lumpkin and senior guard Isaiah Zierden) and three going on to play Division I basketball next season (Lumpkin, Zierden, and senior forward Will Dunn).