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Fire dominate Watertown-Mayer to move to 2-0

The boys basketball team is off to a 2-0 start as a result of a dominant win over Watertown-Mayer.

This game featured strong performances from Seniors Nate Hendler and Lincoln Cizek who were the teams highest scorers in this game.  The team took a comfortable lead heading into the locker room, and coach Thuli encouraged them to keep up the intensity.

After the game, Coach Thuli said it was a good team win, and they knew if they played their game they would be successful. He was also glad to see the team come out and grab the momentum right away and keep up the pace the whole game.

When asked about the game and his return after suffering a season-ending collar bone injury during the football season, junior Brenden O’Connor said, “It was good to feel the rush of adrenaline again; it had been a while since I’ve had that. It felt great to come back to competitive athletics and competing at this high level and having that feeling of really contributing to your team and school after having to be on the sidelines and cheer for them.”

As a fan in the crowd it was easy to tell the guys were fired up for the new season. They played very well as a team and shot extremely well, especially from behind the arc. The team also demonstrated a lot of depth on the varsity squad, sometimes subbing four or five players out at a time. That’s a quality that should benefit the squad as they progress through a long and challenging season.

Their next game is at home on Friday, December 8 against an undefeated Brooklyn Center team.

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