Heisler, Whitefeather each score 50 in wild shootout
Two players players from each team scored 50 points each Monday night as the Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds won a wild shootout with Red Lake 110-91 at home in a non-conference boys basketball game.
Jayden Heisler had a career night scoring 50 points on a 17-30 (56 percent) shooting night. He made 11 three-point baskets on 19 attempts (58 percent) and pulled down four rebounds and had four steals.
Red Lake’s Kendall Whitefeather countered with 10 three-point baskets of his own and scored a game-high 52 points, including his 1,000th career point. Whitefeather shot 11 of 24 (46 percent) from three, 8 of 13 (62 percent) from the field.
Mahnomen’s supporting cast was too much for the Warriors as the Thunderbirds built a 16-point lead at halftime 58-42 and outscored Red Lake by three in the second half.
Parker Syverson scored 21 points in 21 minutes of play. He had four assists and five steals.
Treston Spalla added 16 points for the Birds and Dion Bower scored 11. Spalla was one rebound away from a double-double with nine.
The Warriors’ Delwyn Holthusen did accomplish the feat scoring 15 points to go with 14 boards. Andre Harrison added a dozen points for the visitors.
Mahnomen-Waubun turned defensive plays into points with 19 steals as a team to only six for Red Lake.
Rebounds were near even 46-43 Warriors. The Thunderbirds shot 52 percent as a team from the field, 50 percent from the arc and 48 percent from the free throw line to improve to 12-8 overall. Red Lake dropped to 11-10.
According to Waubun’s Dave Peterson, who consulted Minnesota high school basketball historian Matt Pederson, two players surpassing 50 points in a game has only happened one other time, ironically on the same day, February 12 of 2013.
For more on this game see Tom Miller's story at the Grand Forks Herald.
RLK 42 49 - 91
MW 58 52 - 110
M-W: Heisler 50, Syverson 21, Spalla 16, Bower 11, Payton Keezer 4, Jameson Beckman 4, Will Bly 2, Logan Pazernik 2.
RL: Kendall Whitefeather 52, Delwyn Holthusen 15, Andre Harrison 12, Team N/A