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Maranatha Christian makes 2A tournament debut with a thumping

By MATT STEICHEN, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/14/18, 8:00PM CDT

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The second-seeded Mustangs, who moved up a class this season, defeated Mesabi East 85-49 in a game they closed out with a 33-7 run.


Maranatha Christian Academy guard Kylie Post (10) scored a basket over Mesabi East guard Ava Hill (11) in the first half. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Playing in the Class 2A state tournament for the first time didn’t seem to rattle Maranatha Christian Academy.

The second-seeded Mustangs relied on the experience they gained during their eight previous appearances in the Class 1A tournament and blew past Mesabi East 85-49 on Wednesday at Williams Arena.

“The whole program took [moving to 2A] as a challenge. We heard a lot about how with us moving up our run was over,” Maranatha Christian coach Chris Buerman said. “That was a big motivator for us to move on with our streak.”

Playing in the Class 2A state tournament for the first time didn’t seem to rattle Maranatha Christian Academy.

The second-seeded Mustangs relied on the experience they gained during their eight previous appearances in the Class 1A tournament and blew past Mesabi East 85-49 on Wednesday at Williams Arena.

Maranatha Christian controlled play for most of the first half, forcing 13 turnovers and grabbing 17 offensive rebounds.

Mesabi East pieced together a 10-0 run to creep within 30-28, but the Mustangs responded with an 8-0 spurt of their own just before halftime and the Giants never got back within single digits.

The Mustangs (27-4) closed out their 11th consecutive victory with a 33-7 run.

Check back later for more on the game.

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