Johnson lifts Hayfield into finals

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 14, 2002

David Johnson recorded his third double-double in as many games to lift the Hayfield boys' basketball team to a thrilling 59-57 victory over Chatfield in the semifinals of the Rebel Holiday Classic tournament at Southland Friday night.

Tyler Kramer added 11 points for Hayfield (2-1), including a go-ahead jumper that gave the Vikings the 57-55 lead -- their first since 6-5 -- with one minute to play. Chatfield retaliated with Chad Eickhoff, who scored the tying bucket with seven seconds to play after hauling down an offensive rebound.

After calling a timeout, Hayfield hurried the ball to half-court and took another timeout to organize its final shot. Kramer set a back-screen for Johnson, who was alone in the lane for a short jumper. Johnson rebounded his surprising miss and tipped it in with what Hayfield coach Chris Pack claimed to be .5 seconds remaining on the clock.

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"It was an entertaining game to say the least," Pack said. "We'll need to play well against New Richland because we don't match up with them at all, and I think they can say the same about us."

Hayfield met NRHEG in the finals of the Rebel Classic Saturday night. Final-round results of the tournament will be in Monday's edition of the Herald.


HAYFIELD -- David Johnson 27, Cody Hegna 0, Tyler Kramer 11, Bryan Oelkers 7, Shawn Colucy 3, Weston Hanson 5, Drew Wanzek 6.

CHATFIELD -- Cole DiLaura 15, Nathan Neis 4, Joey Thorson 4, Bobby Fellows 10, Nick Schriever 9, Erik Bakken 7, Chad Eickhoff 4, Hunter Scott 4.



Field-goals--Hayfield 18-50, Chatfield 24-62. Three-pointers--Hayfield 8-18, Chatfield 6-18. Free-throws--Hayfield 15-20, Chatfield 3-5. Rebounds--Hayfield 33 (Johnson 12, Hegna 11), Chatfield 30). Turnovers--Hayfield 10, Chatfield 8.