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Forum staff reports , Published March 28 2009

Storrusten’s big 2nd half lifts Pelican to title game

MINNEAPOLIS – Tydan Storrusten made up for lost time on Friday.

After missing a good chunk of Wednesday’s first-round game at the Minnesota Class 2A state boys basketball tournament, the Pelican Rapids senior took over in the semifinals.

Storrusten poured in 27 points – including the Vikings’ first nine of the second half – to lead Pelican Rapids to a

78-50 win over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at Target Center.

“Ty just stepped out and knocked down shots, and that really got us to pick up our intensity,” Pelican Rapids coach Brad Strand said. “It seemed like it went from a close game to a 20-point game just like that.”

After the Lakers cut it to six early in the second half, Storrusten canned back-to-back

3-pointers and converted a three-point play for a 9-2 run all by himself.

That made it 38-25 with 15 minutes, 31 seconds to go and the Vikings were cruising to the title game for the first time since Pelican Rapids won the Class 1A title in 1984.

Pelican Rapids outscored Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 49-29 in the second half.

“We were a little conservative in the first half, but we wanted to pick things up in the second half and turn it into a track meet,” Storrusten said. “Our defensive pressure finally wore them down.”

The Vikings will take on St. Bernard’s in today’s Class 2A final. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Target Center.

HLWW hit just 36.5 percent (19 of 52) of its shots from the field, and was just 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range. The Lakers had just two assists in the game.

“We were really getting into the passing lanes and not giving them anything easy,” Strand said. “And on the other side, we were seeing the floor really, really well.”

Pelican Rapids had three players hit double figures in scoring. Eric Shulstad scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Jan-Erik Lindberg added 12 points and five assists.

Storrusten hit four 3-pointers in the win, and Lindberg added a pair. The Vikings had 15 assists as a team.

“It was a total team effort as always,” Storrusten said. “We are a very good passing team. No one cares who gets the points, and that explains our high assist numbers.”

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted was led by Nash Faulk’s 21 points in the loss.

St. Bernard’s was the top-ranked team at the start of the season, and Pelican Rapids held that distinction going into the state tournament.

The Bulldogs are led by Jordair Jett, who averages 20 points per game.

“He is unbelievable, and that’s a good, athletic team,” Strand said. “We’re going to have to play team basketball again.”

PELICAN RAPIDS (32-0): Haugen 3 2-2 8, Storrusten 9 5-5 27, Skow-Anderson 3 0-0 6, Shulstad 5 6-6 16, Lindberg 4 2-2 12, Krueger 1 0-1 2, Guler 1 3-4 5, Wood 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 18-20 78.

HLWW (23-8): Faulk 6 9-11 21, Wessling 3 0-0 7, Hammer 4 0-0 8, Grangroth 4 1-5 9, Diers 1 0-0 3, Whitcomb 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 10-16.

Half: PR 29, HLWW 21. 3-pointers: Storrusten 4, Lindberg 2, Wessling, Diers. Total fouls: PR 20. HLWW 20. Fouled out: Storrusten, Skow-Anderson, Grangroth. Rebounds: PR 33 (Shulstad 12). HLWW 29 (Faulk 8). Assists: PR 15 (Lindberg 5). HLWW 2 (Diers 2). Turnovers: PR 12. HLWW 19. Blocks: PR 5 (Shulstad 3). HLWW 3 (3 tied with 1). Steals: PR 9 (Skow-Anderson 3). HLWW 2 (Wessling 1, Hammer 1).