Pirates sink the Vikings en route to the State Tournament

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Zach Bellin

Senior guard A.J Hintz faces up against Junior guard Mj Townsend on February 27th, in a sectionals matchup between the Pewaukee Pirates and the Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings at Pewaukee High School.

The Pewaukee Pirates prevail and are heading to state after defeating the Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings 76-63. Pewaukee showcased their defensive skills in their third clash with the Vikings. It was a team effort from both sides of the court; not one player really stood out for either sides.

In the first three and a half minutes of the game, both sides hadn’t found the basket yet, and those struggles continued throughout nearly the entire first half. Both the Vikings and Pirates totaled 14 points through the first 8 minutes of the game.

Senior A.J Hintz led the way for the Pirates with another great game putting up 19 points, which was followed by a 16 point game from Junior Josh Terrian. Terrian and the Pirates were on fire from three in the first half, with two from Junior Logan Dobberstein.

Junior Josh Terrian and Ashton Janowski, Senior A.J Hintz and Freshman Nick Janowski all put up double digits to help the Pirates prevail.

At the end of the first half things were looking good for the Pirates as they were up 40-21 after a huge run. But the Vikings didn’t go out easy, they came out of halftime motivated and went on a 12-2 run instantly. Senior Jonah Rindfleisch for the Vikings led that run putting up 6 of the 12 points and dropping a dime to Sophomore Prentice Young.

Jonah was the leading scorer for the Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings as he put up 21 points in a battle to keep his final season alive. Senior Isaiah Hopf was also not about to go down easy in his final season putting up 12 points and hitting countless clutch shots in the late minutes of the game.

Wisconsin Lutheran brought the game as close as 8 in the final five minutes of the game making this one a real nail biter for both fan bases. The Pirates were hitting all their free throws in the bonus as time ran out which was keeping the game out of reach for the Vikings.

This is the first time since 2001 the Pewaukee Pirates boys varsity basketball team has made it to state and they are set to face the 23-5 Lake Mills L-Cats, on Saturday March 6th, 12:25 p.m at the La Crosse Center.

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