Delano upsets East 79-64

Mankato Times

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Making just its third overall state tournament appearance and first since 2013, Delano (19-11) pulled off a 79-64 quarterfinal upset of No. 3 Mankato East (24-6) on Wednesday afternoon at the 2018 MSHSL Class AAA Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Williams Arena.

The Tigers will play No. 2 Austin in the state semifinals on Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at Target Center while Mankato East moves to the consolation semifinal against Sauk Rapids-Rice on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul.

Delano senior guard Calvin Wishart scored a game-high 35 points on 15 shots (7-15) while collecting a double-double with 12 rebounds. He also had six assists and got to the foul line 22 times (17-22) while playing 36 minutes.

He led four Tiger starters in double figures with senior forward Keegan O’Neill adding 16 points on nine shots (7-9), six rebounds and three blocked shots.

Mankato East senior forward Uhana Ochan led the Cougars with 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Four of the five starters for Mankato East scored in double figures.

After a first half that featured five ties and nine lead changes, it was Delano who provided separation towards the end of the first half. After trailing 13-12 at the 8:18 mark, the Tigers outscored Mankato East 18-7 over the next four and a half minutes to take a 30-19 lead with 3:44 to play to the break and carried a 34-26 lead into the locker room.

The eight point margin would be the closest the game would be the rest of the way, as Delano led by as many as 18 in the second half.

Delano…………………. 34   45 – 79

Mankato East……….. 26   38 – 64

DELANO (19-11) Wishart, Calvin 7-15 17-22 35; O’Neill, Keegan 7-9 2-4 16; Techam, Derek 4-11 1-2 10; Longstreet, Trey 4-7 0-0 10; Otto, Max 2-2 4-4 8; Kramp, Garrett 0-0 0-0 0; Carlson, Chase 0-0 0-0 0; Shoutz, Mike 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 24-44 24-32 79.

MANKATO EAST (24-6) Ochan, Uhana 9-19 0-1 18; Gong, Joich 5-6 3-4 14; Oyet, Edmon 3-6 4-4 11; Hayes, Damani 4-13 2-3 10; Kong, Kong 3-6 0-0 8; Madson, Jax 1-8 0-0 2; Kuechle, Ryan 0-0 1-2 1; Merseth, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0; Ziegler, Ben 0-1 0-0 0; Chuol, Gach 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 25-59 10-14 64.

3-point goals–Delano 7-16 (Wishart, Calvin 4-9; Longstreet, Trey 2-2;Techam, Derek 1-5), Mankato East 4-17 (Kong, Kong 2-4; Oyet, Edmon 1-1;Gong, Joich 1-1; Madson, Jax 0-6; Hayes, Damani 0-5). Fouled out–Delano-None, Mankato East-Kong, Kong; Hayes, Damani. Rebounds—Delano 31 (Wishart, Calvin 12), Mankato East 29 (Ochan, Uhana 8). Assists—Delano 16 (Wishart, Calvin 6), Mankato East 12 (Oyet, Edmon 4). Total fouls—Delano 15, Mankato East 25. Technical fouls–Delano-None, Mankato East-None.

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