State title would be ‘icing on the cake’ for Bangor

A nail-biting sectional final has Bangor boys basketball into the State semifinals as the two seed taking on Hurley Friday morning.

Hurley features four guys scoring double figures, with 6-foot-3 guard Eli Talsma leading the team with over 20 points a game.

Most of Hurley’s starting five is at least 6-foot-3, so the paint may not be a welcome place, but this Cardinals team has been able to create on the perimeter all season long.

The current seniors on Bangor boys basketball were in eighth grade when the Cardinals last won a gold ball. They watched from the stands as older siblings made memories that’ll last a lifetime, and now it’s their turn to do the same thing.

“That would mean so much especially to the seniors,” junior guard Dustin McDonald said. “We’re so close that it would just be the icing on the cake, I guess.”

“Just the way they represent our community,” head coach Jacob Pederson said of his team. “They’re great young men who do a great job of helping out in different ways in our community, and they’re great for our younger kids to look up to.”

Bangor takes the Kohl Center floor after the first D5 semifinal between top seed Randolph and Gibraltar.