Calvin Wishart is one determined individual. He will do whatever it takes to win — score, rebound, pass, come up with a steal or take a charge.
Delano's standout 6-2 senior guard had 29 points and 19 rebounds as the Tigers pulled off the second upset of Thursday, defeating No. 2-ranked Austin 80-68 in the Class 3A semifinals at Target Center. The Georgia Southern recruit also had seven assists and four steals.
"We're playing at a very high level," Wishart said. "I think we can play even better to be honest."
The Tigers (20-11), who never trailed in the game, shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half in building a 39-30 lead. Wishart, who had 13 points, was the only starter shooting below 50 percent at the intermission.
"We felt we had to attack their zone," Delano coach Terry Techam said. "We couldn't play timid against it."
The Tigers stayed in attack mode after the break. Delano stretched its lead to 17 points, 54-37, in the second half before the Packers (27-3) tried to stage a late comeback. Austin got within 67-60 with 4:04 left but got no closer. Delano shot 58 percent from the field for the game.
"They shot the ball extremely well," Austin coach Kris Fadness said.
Other Delano players scoring in double digits were senior forward Keegan O'Neill (16 points), junior guard Derek Techam (13) and freshman guard Trey Longstreet (10).
"We don't feel like a Cinderella," said Derek Techam, the coach's son. "We feel like we belong here."
Austin also had four players in double figures, led by senior forward Duoth Gach's 17 points.
"I thought they would have to play at a high level to beat us,'' Fadness said, "and they did."