Hastings boys' basketball are No. 6 seed in section playoffs
The Hastings Raiders boys' basketball teams heads into the Section 3AAAA playoffs as the No. 6 seed and will face the No. 3-seeded Eagan Wildcats in Eagan on Tuesday, March 3. The Raiders have won three of their last six games over the last three weeks, but dropped their last two games of the regular season in what has been an up-and-down season.
Hastings won two of their first three games of the season before they lost their next six games. From then on it's been win some, lose some for the team and they will need to string a couple wins together to make a run in the section playoffs.
Hastings played Eagan early on in the season in Hastings and only lost by four after coming back from down nine at halftime. Should the Raiders beat the Wildcats on Tuesday, they would then face the winner of No. 2 Burnsville and No. 7 Rosemount on Friday, March 8.
Hastings finished the regular season with a 9-17 overall record and went 7-9 in the Metro East Conference, which was good for fifth place.
Section seeding pretty much went by QRF standings, but Section 3AAAA is closely grouped from No. 2 seed Burnsville on down. The bottom five seeds all have just one or two section wins and are within 15 QRF spots of each other.
On the top half of the bracket. No. 1 Eastview plays No. 8 Henry Sibley and No. 4 Park of Cottage Grove hosts No. 5 Apple Valley. Only two teams in the section enter the section playoffs not on at least a two-game losing streak.
Raiders go 0-2 last week
This past week, Hastings dropped their last two games of the regular season to St. Thomas Academy at home, 79-57, and at Blake, 82-61.
Against the Cadets, the Raiders trailed by just 11 at halftime but were unable to make a push and were outscored by 11 points in the second half as well. While 10 Raiders scored, senior Matt Schlottman was the only player to score in double-digits with 19 points.
In the loss to Blake, Hastings was down just six at halftime before the game got out of hand in the second half. Schlottman led the team in scoring that game as well with 16 points while junior Trey Swanson had 11.
The previous week, Hastings beat both Hill-Murray on the road, 83-70, and Henry Sibley at home, 91-85.
In the win over the Pioneers, the Raiders established a 12 point lead at halftime and held onto that lead the entire second half. Senior Isaac Rabaey led the way with 23 points and junior Colby Zak added 13.
Against Henry Sibley, it was 3-point barrage by Hastings as they outpaced the Warriors in high-scoring game.