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Warrior Men’s Basketball Playoff Preview

Quincy Minor drives to the hoop (Photo from Waldorf Athletics).

By Taylen Alexander

On Feb. 22, the Waldorf Warrior men’s basketball team left it all on the court. They were fought to host a playoff game—only to see their hopes bang off the rim at the final buzzer.

The Warriors had a chance at hosting the first round of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) basketball tournament at home in the next week, but Viterbo University put a stop to that. Leading up to the playoffs, the Warriors will have to win on the road to keep their NAIA tournament hopes alive.

With a 10-17 record, they will need to win every game from here on. They have been very competitive team all season long, but could not get over the hump.

Injuries have played a big part of their production on the court this year. Key players were out for a big chunk of the season.

The Warriors will have a fourth seed in the conference tournament and will face Dickinson state.

In the last meeting, the Warriors fell to Dickinson State 79-73 in a hard-fought battle. Dickinson State rallied from five points down in the final minute, forcing overtime where the Blue Hawks prevailed 79-73 over the Warriors in NSAA play.

Waldorf led most of the game at last meeting—they had a chance to win late in the game, but Dickinson State proved too dominate.

Looking forward to their next match up, there are a lot of positives for the Warriors.

The Warriors will be on the road for the first round of the NSAA playoffs as the fifth seed. Waldorf plays Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at four-seed Dickinson State with the winner advancing to the NSAA’s final four in Watertown, S.D., on Feb. 29 and March 1.