WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: SMSU has perfect weekend
MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State Wheelchair Basketball team came away with four wins this past weekend, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves twice and the Sioux Falls Wheelers twice.
“I’m really proud of our guys for the effort they showed,” SMSU head coach Derek Klinkner said. “They played great defense with a lot of intensity and didn’t force shots.”
The Mustangs erased an 11-point deficit with four minutes to go and strung together four straight wins for the first time since mid-December.
“The last time we got four wins over a weekend was a long time ago, so the effort was definitely there,” Klinkner said. “On Saturday, we really took it to them. I don’t think they were quite ready for us. On Sunday, both teams were definitely ready for us.”
SMSU improved its record to 8-12 overall.
The Mustangs look forward to games they will play Friday and Saturday in Edinboro, Kan.
“We haven’t played Alabama yet, but Edinboro and Texas-Arlington beat us earlier in the year,” Klinkner said. “UTA has a lot of speed and are really deep. They are eight or nine (players) deep so they will press you and rotate out. We have to play our game and not get in a track meet with them. If we get into a track meet with them, they are going to run us into the ground. Edinboro has really big guys that we need to keep out of the lane.”
SMSU 60, Sioux Falls Wheelers 33
Derek Klinkner led the way for the Mustangs with 18 points to go with 14 from David Nelson. David Evjen and Donte Hill finished with 12 points each for the contest.
SMSU 56, Minnesota Rollin’ Timberwolves 29
Nelson was the leading scorer in this contest with 20 points to go with Klinkner’s 16 points and 14 points from Hill.
SMSU 46, Minnesota Rollin’ Timberwolves 44
Klinkner was the high scorer with 20 points to with 10 from Evjen.
SMSU 52, Sioux Falls Wheelers 49
Klinkner had 23 points to with 21 more from Nelson.