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Shakopee narrowly beats Wayzata

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine, 12/14/21, 5:45PM CST


Thanks to numerous lead changes and a tight contest, the Sabers avenged last season's state semifinal loss to the Trojans.

Shakopee's Cade McGraw had a team-high 17 points Tuesday night against Wayzata. The Sabers went on the road to defeat the Trojans 90-87. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Eight months ago, Wayzata defeated Shakopee 72-43 in the Class 4A semifinals. The Sabers’ season was over, and the Trojans would go on to win the championship. 

Those two faced off in a Class 4A top five matchup on Tuesday night, and it was the Sabers (3-0, 0-0) who were able to come away with a 90-87 victory over the Trojans (2-2, 0-0). 

“It meant everything,” Cade McGraw, who left last season’s semi final with an injury, said about the win. “We believe that we were better than Wayzata already, we had something to prove tonight and we did that.” 

McGraw’s coach of the Sabers, No. 4 in the Dec. 8 Class 4A rankings by Minnesota Basketball News, Jake Dammann, put less emphasis on the significance of a non-conference win in December. 

Shakopee's Nick Katona comes up with a blocked shot against Wayzata Tuesday night. Katona added 15 points in the Sabers' 90-87 victory over the Trojans at Wayzata High School. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First Report

Shakopee pulled off a thrilling 90-87 win over the defending Class 4A champions, Wayzata, on Tuesday to remain undefeated early in the season. 

Both teams came out with high intensity and had the skill to match, as shots were falling left and right to start the game. The teams headed into halftime all square at 38-38. After more back-and-forth action to start the second half, the Sabers (3-0, 0-0), ranked No. 4 in the Dec. 8 Minnesota Basketball News Class 4A ranking, were eventually able to go on a short run and establish an 11-point lead, the largest either team would have all game. 

They were able to hold onto that lead all the way until the final buzzer, but the No. 1-4A Trojans (2-2, 0-0) didn’t make it easy. Constant defensive pressure and big shots made by Hayden Tibbits, Carter Bjerke and Drew Berkalnd kept the game close and even brought the score to 81-78. The Sabers never let it get closer than that, as they made a plethora of free throws down the stretch to come away with the win. 

Cade McGraw led the way with a team-high 17 points for the Sabers. He added two rebounds and five assists. 

Bjerke led all scorers in the game with 25. He also was the game’s rebound leader with six.

Wayzata's Carter Bjerke looks for room along the baseline against Shakopee Tuesday night. The Trojans fell to the visiting Sabers 90-87 despite Bjerke’s game-high 25 points. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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