3/27/2021 10:31:00 AM Eagles fall in Section 7A Finals, Carlson tops 1000 career points
Carlson hits 1000 points
Senior Northland Eagle Basketball standout Harris Carlson scored his 1000th career point Wednesday, March 24 in an away game in Nashwauk. Pictured with his family from left: Nolan, parents - Chris and Tina and Aiden. Photo submitted.
In a wild week of playoff action, the Northland Eagles advanced to the Section 7A finals by dominating Wrenshall and winning a tough fought game against Cherry before losing to The Nashwauk/Keewatin Spartans by nine in a game that also saw senior Harris Carlson top the 1000 career point barrier.
The Eagles started their playoff run against the Wrenshall Wrens in a game the home team dominated from start to finish, winning 91-52. Harris and Nolan Carlson each had 22 points for the Eagles. Alec Wake added 14 followed by Nathan Johnson and Aiden Carlson with 10 points each. Harris Carlson and Carson Johnson both had six assists and Nathan Johnson led the way on the boards with eight.
The Eagles then traveled to Cherry to take on the Tigers, looking to avenge their first loss of the season. The first half was a back-and-forth affair with the Eagles taking a two-point lead at the half. Coming out of the break the Eagles made some big shots and their defense stiffened up allowing them to come out with a 73-58 victory. Alec Wake led the way with 22 points on only 10 shots to go along with seven rebounds. Harris Carlson added 19 points and also had seven rebounds. Carson Johnson matched up with the Tiger's top player, Isaac Asuma and made him work for every point he got.
The two playoff wins earned the Eagles a trip to Nashwauk to take on the top seeded Spartans in the section semi-finals, a game that they have not reached since 2009.
The Spartans Came into the contest missing two starters due to Covid, but they still had two 6'7" post players that proved to be too much for the undersized Northland boys. After falling behind by as many as 13 points in the second half, the Eagles managed to pull with in four late in the game but were forced to foul to try and stop the clock which gave the Spartans a 60-51 victory.
On a positive note, Senior Harris Carlson who led the Eagles with 16 points cracked the 1000-point barrier for his career on two first half threes. Carlson played his best ball late in the year and on the Eagles' playoff run has been a big part of the improvement this program has seen over the last three years. Alec Wake added 14 points in the loss.
The Eagles have a bright future ahead of them with five of their top seven key contributors coming back next year.