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Mike Rodgers, center, of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa splits the defense of Eden Valley-Watkins' Nick Schoenecker, left, and Mitch VanderMey during their Central Minnesota Conference boys basketball game Friday at Belgrade. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

BBE closes in on title alone

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BELGRADE -- One more win and the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa boys basketball team can claim the Central Minnesota Conference by itself.

By upending Eden Valley-Watkins 65-49 Friday, BBE earned at least a share of the conference title, its first-ever in boys basketball.

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Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Pierz are one game behind at 11-3, but if the Jaguars (11-2, 21-4) take care of business on its home court today against Kimball, they will have the title outright.

BBE used a quick 8-0 run to open the second half to expand on its slim 23-22 lead at halftime.

Jared McCleary had 22 points, Shane Weller 16 and Mike Rodgers 12 to help BBE shoot 60 percent (25-for-42) from the field and win its third straight.

Rodgers also dished out eight assists and Matt Goodwin collected six assists and four steals.

BBE 65, EV-Watkins 49

EV-Watkins (5-9, 10-14) 22 27 -- 49

BBE (11-2, 21-4) 23 42 -- 65

EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS - 18-56 FG (5-20 3-pt); 8-14 FT; 24 rebounds; 17 fouls ... Scoring: Nick Schonecker 3, Tyler Geislinger 4, Mitch VanderMay 3, Ryan Tri 6, Eric Kummet 2, Jimmy Lenz 12, David Stommes 10, Peter Stenger 7, Matt Holdvogt 2 ... 3-point shots: Lenz 3, Tri 1, VanderMay 1 ... Rebound leaders: Stommes 6 ... Assist leaders: n/a ... Steal leaders: n/a

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - 25-42 FG (4-9 3-pt); 11-17 FT; 27 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Mike Rodgers 12, Zach Roelike 4, Jackson Illies 3, Shane Weller 16, Matt Goodwin 8, Jared McCleary 22 ... 3-point shots: Goodwin 2, Weller 2 ... Rebound leaders: Illies 5, McCleary 5, Weller 5 ... Assist leaders: Rodgers 8, Goodwin 6 ... Steal leaders: Goodwin 4, Weller 4

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