Basketball: McNulty sparks Thunder boys in 52-44 win over Chargers

Max McNulty sank nine of his 21 points in the final minute as the Zimmerman Thunder pulled away from Dassel-Cokato 52-44 on Thursday evening in the first round of D-C’s holiday tournament.

The 5-foot-11 junior point guard broke a tie with a 3-point shot, then sank six straight free shots as the Chargers had to start fouling and he always had the ball.

“Max has been a real steady point guard for us,” said coach Ben Kvidt. “He really knows how to run the offense and he plays his butt off.”

On a night when Zimmerman’s top scorer Jake Wilson was held to six points, McNulty came through with 5-for-10 shooting from the field, with two 3-pointers, and 9-for-12 at the line.

“Dassel-Cokato double-teamed Jake a lot,” said Kvidt. “He did a nice job helping with the little things and defense and rebounding, and he didn’t try to force anything. He only took seven shots.”

Tyler Theissen added nine points and Kristian Bright eight for the Thunder (3-3), who’ll take on St. Francis in the finals Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Gavin Asplin sank 13 points and Ethan Latt 10 for the Chargers (0-6).