WINONA -- After getting a four seed in the district tournament, the Winona Tigers knew they faced a top seed in the playoffs. That top seed was number one Cleveland East Side.
The Tigers finished their season at 21-9 after falling to East Side 82-29 in Cleveland. Head coach Evinn Beck said he didn't want his team to hang their heads because everyone improved on the season.
"We lost to a better team," Beck said. "Still, this season was a good one. The kids won 16 more games than last year."
In the East Side game, the Tigers got 12 points from D.C. Olton, but it was the Wildcats' senior guard Clarence Stewart, who scored 42 points. East Side or Aberdeen is a favorite to win the 3A state in hoops.
East Side would jump out to a 23-5 lead in the first half and took a commanding 59-14 lead to the half.
The Tigers opened district play last week with a 66-56 win over Louisville. The win guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, but the Tigers fell to both Nettleton and Aberdeen, sending them in with the always tough fourth spot.
"We improved in every phase of the game this year," Beck said. "I think we're at a pace to go even further next year."
East Side moves on to play Belmont today.