Tigers trounce Cyclones 81-62
Fink’s 31 leads Tigers past St. Clair, Springfield moves on to 2A title game
ST. PETER — While St. Clair’s size and outside shooting was a cause for concern for Springfield early on, the Tigers showed off the biggest weapon on the court and eventually took control.
Tha weapon was Isaac Fink.
The junior poured in 31 points as the Tigers will play in the Section 2A title game once again with an 81-62 win against St. Clair at Gustavus Adolphus College on Monday.
St. Clair’s Mitchell Weber led the Cyclones with 32 points. The 6-5 center hit a pair of early 3s in the first half and finished the first half with 18 points as the Tigers had a difficult time matching up with him.
“It’s really a battle of two different play styles,” Fink said. “They get it down low and it was working at times, but we were pushing the pace.”
Springfield led 39-32 at halftime as Fink scored 18 in the first half.
Weber hit a 3 to open the second half and cut it to a 4-point lead, but Fink responded with 5 points of his own to stretch the lead to 44-35.
Nolan Hovland’s basket gave the Tigers a 58-43 lead with 11:05 left and the lead stayed in double digits the rest of the way.
Fink and Tanner Vogel hit back-to-baskets to give the Tigers a 71-50 lead, their biggest of the night at that point.
Decker Scheffler scored 16 for the Tigers and Vogel had 10 points.
“We said to box out and get defensive rebounds, we just need to run,” Scheffler said.
For Springfield big man Andrew Beckman, he has another tough battle inside against Mayer Lutheran on Friday. And he’s ready.
“Every time it’s great, it’s a great feeling and everything is new,” he said.