Asuma powers Cherry past Nevis, into Class A state boys basketball semifinals

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Sophomore Isaac Asuma scored 31 points lifting fifth-seeded Cherry past fourth-seeded Nevis 68-57 in the Minnesota State High School Class A boy’s basketball quarterfinals at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Making just their program’s second-ever state tournament appearance, and first since 1997, the Tigers will now advance to the state semifinals against top-seeded Hayfield.

During the wins Asuma also tallied his 2,000th career point.

"I had to take in the moment once I stepped on the court like, ‘this is sweet, I’m playing on Minnesota’s court’, and then I had to lock in back into the game and just take care of business," Asuma said.

"Our motto all year [was] pass up a good one for a great one, and as you saw from the second half and the first half on he was getting to the rim," head coach Jordan Christianson explained.

Cherry (27-4) and Hayfield (30-2) are set to tip-off Friday at 12pm at Williams Arena. The winner advances to the championship game Saturday at 11am.