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Lakeville North takes stranglehold on South Suburban Conference with win over Prior Lake

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 02/23/19, 7:00AM CST


Tyler Wahl's 21 points and 10 rebounds led the Panthers, who completed the season-series sweep of the Lakers.

Tommy Jensen reached around Prior Lake's Robert Jones to make a pass in the first half of Lakeville North's 77-63 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Lakeville North senior Tyler Wahl took a shot over Prior Lake's Tyree Ihenacho for two of his team-high 21 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

When Lakeville North went up against Prior Lake the first time on Jan. 22, senior guard Tyler Wahl found himself often in the post going up against Lakers’ big man, Dawson Garcia.

But when the two teams met on Friday, Wahl brought the ball up the floor and found himself near the perimeter.

First report

In a battle of South Suburban Conference heavyweights, Lakeville North packed more of a punch Friday, defeating Prior Lake 77-63 at Lakeville North High School and completing a regular-season sweep against the Lakers.

Lakeville North (20-4, 15-1) was led by senior guard Tyler Wahl, a Wisconsin commit and a semifinalist for both the McDonald and Mr. Basketball awards, finished with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Wahl was one of three Lakeville North players to score in double figures for the Panthers, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News. Senior forwards Eli Mostaert and Jack Rusch had 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The No. 2-4A Lakers came into this matchup without their top scorers, junior forward Dawson Garcia and senior forward Carson Schoeller. Both missed Friday’s game due to leg injuries.

Senior center Robert Jones led the way for Prior Lake (21-3, 14-2) with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Senior guard Sam Nissen was the only other Laker in double figures, finishing with 16 points after hitting three 3-pointers in the first half.

Robert Jones (21) paced Prior Lake with 19 points. He took this shot over the Panthers' Eli Mostaert. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

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