Waubay/Summit pulls away early, advances to Class B fifth-place game

The Mustangs opened up an 18-point lead at halftime and never looked back, advancing past Aberdeen Christian in the consolation bracket on Friday

Waubay/Summit's Jackson Wohlleber brings the ball up court during the second half of a boys Class B basketball game against Aberdeen Christian on Friday, March 18, 2022 in Aberdeen.
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ABERDEEN -- The Waubay/Summit Mustangs got out to an early lead on Friday and never looked back, running away from the Aberdeen Christian Knights 56-42 in the first consolation game of the Class B boys basketball state tournament at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.

Waubay/Summit (21-4) was overmatched by top-seeded De Smet in its first game, but this game was different from the start. Against Aberdeen, Damon Opdahl made four 3-pointers in the first half as the Mustangs opened up an 18-point lead by halftime.

Opdahl finished with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds. Johnathan Johnston led all scorers with 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting, Seth Gaikowski added 12 points of his own.

Andrew Brennan led Aberdeen Christian (20-5) in all categories, finishing with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists,

Waubay/Summit will face seventh-seeded Castlewood in the Class B fifth-place game. Aberdeen will play Freeman Academy/Marion in the seventh-place game.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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