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6AA Boys Basketball: Benson overpowers Morris/CA to reach semis

Benson forward Sam Peterson slides by Morris/Chokio-Alberta's Riley Arndt to scoop up a shot during the first half of the Braves' 68-53 victory in the Section 6AA South Sub-Section semifinals on Saturday at St. John's University. Tribune photo by Tom Larson.

Tribune staff report

COLLEGEVILLE -- The Section 6AA South Sub-Section semifinals appeared to feature a pair of well-matched West Central South Conference teams.

Morris/Chokio-Alberta came into the game with a little better conference record (8-3) compared to Benson (6-5), but the Braves brought in a better overall mark. Benson averaged about 10 more points per game but Morris/CA allowed about 10 fewer points per game.

One team, Benson, drew the South Sub-Section's No. 3 seed while Morris/CA was No. 2. But the opening-round games were a portent for where the long-time rivals were at this point in the season.

Benson made quick work of No. 6 seed St. John's Prep, winning by 17 points while the Tigers needed overtime to win by a point against No. 7 Eden Valley-Watkins.

On Saturday, the Braves led the Tigers by 20 at halftime and were never seriously threatened in the final 18 minutes, advancing to the sub-section finals with a 68-53 victory at St. John's University.

The Braves (18-9) play Litchfield (22-4) play at 6 p.m. Tuesday, at St. John's University in Collegeville.

The Braves' Logan Connelly scored a game-high 23 points and Sam Peterson was strong inside, with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals. Matt Ahrndt scored 16 points.

Benson shot 58 percent from the field and hit 8 of 14 3-point shots (57 percent). The Braves built a 41-21 halftime lead.

Morris/CA's Logan Manska scored 11 points, Brody Bahr scored 10 and Lincoln Berget and Riley Arndt both scored 9 points. The Tigers finished 16-11.

Benson 68,

Morris/CA 53

Benson (16-9).....................41 27 -- 68

Morris/CA (14-9).................21 32 -- 53

BENSON - 25-47 FG (8-14 3-pt); 10-25 FT; 41 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Carl Hoffman 1, Colin Ose 4, Matt Ahrndt 16, Logan Connelly 23, Sam Peterson 14, Daniel Lee 4, Jacob Goff 6 ... 3-point shots: Ahrndt 3, Connelly 3, Peterson 1, Lee 1 ... Rebound leaders: Peterson 13 ... Assist leaders: Peterson 5 ... Steal leaders: Peterson 3

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 21-57 FG (5-20 3-pt); 6-13 FT; 28 rebounds; 22 fouls ... Scoring: Chandler Erickson 4, Brody Bahr 10, Riley Arndt 9, Logan Manska 11, Austin Dierks 7, Jacob Torgerson 3, Lincoln Berget 9 ... 3-point shots: Manska 2, Bahr 1, Arndt 1, Torgerson 1 ... Rebound leaders: Dierks 7 ... Assist leaders: Erickson 6 ... Steal leaders: arndt 3