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Esko Advances to State

Posted at: 03/16/2013 10:19 PM
Updated at: 03/16/2013 11:52 PM
By: Dan Williamson

Duluth, Minn. - The Esko Eskomos are headed to the State AA Boys Basketball Tournament after a thrilling 64-63 victory over Mora in the Section 7AA Finals at Romano Gymnasium on the campus of UMD. Esko lost to Mora 74-70 back on January 3rd.

The Mustangs lead by 3 points with 8.6 seconds to go. Esko would end up at the free throw line, where Junior Forward Casey Staniger made his first free throw and needed to miss the second one, which he did. Esko maintained possession. With just over a second to go, the Eskomos imbounded the ball to Freshman Guard Jaxson Turner, who hit a 3-pointer as time expired. It was his only basket of the game.

Sam Johnson lead the Mustangs with 33 points. Staniger had 25 for Esko and Junior Guard Marc Peterson chipped in with 20.