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Boys Basketball: ACGC one win away from reaching state tournament

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

ST. PETER — Only one separates the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City boys basketball team and its first state tournament. That’s because the Falcons edged Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 60-57 in the Section 2A-North title game Tuesday at Gustavus Adolphus College.

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The Falcons, winners of seven on their last eight games, will take a 20-7 record into the section championship at 6 p.m. Friday at Minnesota State in Mankato against United South Central (21-4).

ACGC freshman Gabe Eisenbacher made the go-ahead basket to make it 57-56 Falcons, and three free throws — two from Taylor Larson and one from Brody Larson — put the game away.

Taylor Larson’s 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Colton Minnick’s 14 rebounds and 11 points provided a pair of double-doubles for the Falcons. Neither team shot well from the field and the Bulldogs (15-13) were 13-for-14 from the foul line, but ACGC owned a 47-31 advantage in rebounds to power into the section final.

The Falcons also got 12 points from David Kinzler and 10 points and 3 steals from Brody Larson.

ACGC also beat the Bulldogs 63-57 back on Dec. 2 in Grove City.

ACGC 60, LP/HT 57

LP/HT (15-13)     33 24 — 57

ACGC (20-7)       38 22 — 60

LESTER PRAIRIE/HOLY TRINITY – 21-63 FG (2-20 3-pt); 13-14 FT; 31 rebounds; 18 fouls … Individual statistics not available

ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY – 20-60 FG (5-23 3-pt); 15-23 FT; 47 rebounds; 13 fouls … Scoring: Brody Larson 10, Taylor Larson 19, David Kinzler 12, Adam Johnson 4, Gabriel Eisenbacher 4, Colton Minnick 11 … 3-point shots: T. Larson 3, B. Larson 1, Kinzler 1 … Rebound leaders: Minnick 14, T. Larson 12, Eisenbacher 8 … Assist leaders: T. Larson 3 … Steal leaders: B. Larson 3

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