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BBE routs Brandon-Evansville in 6A-South

MORRIS -- Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa overcame a slow start to advance to the Section 6A-South final as the Jaguars, ignited by Kevin Kuefler's game-high 24 points, rolled past Brandon-Evansville 70-42 Saturday in the sub-section semifinals.

The top-ranked Jaguars (28-0) will meet Battle Lake (22-4) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday back at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

"We didn't shoot the ball too well in the first half," said BBE coach Dave Montbriand. "We grabbed the lead early and gradually pulled away."

The Jaguars would eventually go into halftime with a 31-15 lead before outscoring the Chargers by 12 in the second half.

Brady Koehler added 16 points and Connor Goodwin produced another 10, while Kuefler and Goodwin collected double-doubles by grabbing 10 rebounds apiece. Brian Goodwin sparked the offense by handing out eight assists.

Sean Henneman paced Brandon-Evansville (15-9) with 13 points.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 70, Brandon-Evansville 42

BBE (28-0) 31 39 -- 70

Brandon-Evansville (15-9) 15 27 -- 42

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - 25-55 FG (1-5 3-pt); 19-31 FT; 44 rebounds; 17 fouls ... Scoring: Brian Goodwin 6, Kevin Kuefler 24, Brent Koehler 5, James Kuefler 3, Brandon DeKok 2, Brady Koehler 16, Kirby Montbriand 2, Connor Goodwin 10, Billy Borgerding 2 ... 3-point shots: Brent Koehler 1 ... Rebound leaders: K. Kuefler 10, C. Goodwin 10 ... Assist leaders: B. Goodwin 8 ... Steal leaders: Montbriand 2

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - 14-42 FG (4-17 3-pt); 10-16 FT; 24 rebounds; 25 fouls ... Scoring: Brandt Bitzan 3, Sean Henneman 13, Phillip Krueger 8, Kyle Steffenson 10, Jared Goehringer 4, John Haseman 3, Zach Hunter 1 ... 3-point shots: Krueger 2, Steffenson 1, Henneman 1 ... Rebound leaders: Bitzan 6 ... Assist leaders: not available ... Steal leaders: not available

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