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Lutheran East Hangs On To Win Their Second State Title In Three Years

Lutheran East State
Photo by Billy Kosco

A reigning state runner-up with an “underdog” mentality can make for a very difficult opponent. Lutheran East embraced the challenge with open arms.

In a battle that came down to the final possessions, Lutheran East was able to ice the game 67-61 to win their second championship in three seasons. While Lutheran East led for nearly the entire game, the road to victory wasn’t an easy one.

Despite multiple hot stretches, the Falcons just could not find the separation needed to make for a comfortable lead.

That would change in the third quarter, when four big makes from beyond-the-arc gave them a 48-37 advantage.

In the fourth quarter, Lutheran East was able to extend their lead to 14 before Ottawa-Glandorf would attempt a massive comeback stemming from a beyond-the-arc attack.

Hunter Stechschulte and Levi Unterbrink combined for 12 points down the stretch on four triples, while Colin White had three assists.

Despite cutting the Lutheran East lead to 65-61, there just wasn’t enough time, especially with the Falcons hitting most of their late free throws.

The valiant effort would come short for the second straight year, as Lutheran East earned a 67-61 win to take home the Division III title.

Team Leaders

Lutheran East

Points – Cody Head (19)

Rebounds – Jesse McCulloch (6)

Assists – Chauncey Brashers (6)

Steals – Nelson Johnson (5)

Blocks – Nelson Johnson (2)


Points – Colin White (18)

Rebounds – Colin White, Theo Maag (7)

Assists – Colin White (5)

Steals – Colin White (2)

Blocks – None


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