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Boys Basketball: Albany tops Wildcats

Tribune Staff Reports

NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer fell into a fourth place tie in the West Central North Conference with a 64-54 loss to Albany on Thursday.

Aaron Ruter racked up 24 points for the Wildcats (3-5, 8-13), but the rest of the team struggled to do much on offense.

Ruter also had 5 assists, 3 steals and hit three 3-pointers.

Justin Rodgers and Joey Dreier each added 8 points, and Sam Quam had 4 points and 5 rebounds.

Scott Litchy paced Albany (5-2, 10-10) with 22 points.

Albany 64, NLS 54

Albany (5-2, 10-10) 30 34 -- 64

NLS (3-5, 8-13) 26 28 -- 54

ALBANY - 24-57 FG (8-20 3-pt); 8-13 FT; 32 rebounds; 14 fouls ... Scoring: Tony Harlander 11, Brett Fischer 6, Dylan Shay 4, Kyle Swarthout 2, Tony Schoenberg 7, Scott Litchy 22, Zac Raeker 4, Ben Eli 8 ... 3-point shots: Harlander 2, Fischer 2, Litchy 4... Rebound leaders: Harlander 7, Raeker 5, Eli 5 ... Assist leaders: Litchy 3, Harlander 3... Steal leaders: Litchy 6, Schoenberg 3

NEW LONDON-SPICER - 23-52 FG (4-16 3-pt); 4-13 FT; 31 rebounds; 17 fouls ... Scoring: Sam Quam 4, Justin Rodgers 8, Trent Boie 2, Joey Dreier 8, Tyler Halvorson 6, Aaron Ruter 24, Tyson Gislason 2 ... 3-point shots: Rodgers 1, Ruter 3 ... Rebound leaders: Quam 5, Gislason 5, Boie 5 ... Assist leaders: Ruter 5, Dreier 2... Steal leaders: Ruter 3, Dreier 3

Pheasant

Ortonville 56, Hancock 45

Hancock fell out first place in the Pheasant Conference with a 56-45 loss to Ortonville on Thursday.

The Owls fell to 3-2 in the conference and 7-11 overall and Ortonville (4-2, 11-9) moved into first place.

Jordan Miller led Hancock with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Collin Cunningham had 13 points and 4 steals and Michells Algarate grabbed 9 rebounds.

Trent Kuechenmeister paced Ortonville with 21 points.

Hancock (3-2, 7-11) 18 27 -- 45

Ortonville (4-2, 11-9) 27 29 -- 56

HANCOCK - 18-57 FG (6-28 3-pt); 3-10 FT; 29 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Jordan Miller 21, Collin Cunningham 13, Taylor Hollemon 6, Austin Steege 5 ... 3-point shots: Miller 3, Cunningham 2, Steege 1 ... Rebound leaders: Michells Algarate 9, Hollemon 7, Miller 7 ... Assist leaders: Hollemon 5, Miller 4 ... Steal leaders: Cunningham 4, Miller 3

ORTONVILLE - 29-43 FG (6-18 3-pt); 12-17 FT; 33 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Trent Kuechenmeister 21, Jacob Meyer 13, Austin Swanson 13, Brandon Nelson 4, Jade Hasslen 3, James Nitz 2 ... 3-point shots: Kuechenmeister 2, Meyer 3, Hasslen 1 ... Rebound leaders, Assist leaders, Steal leaders not available

Non-Conference

Waska 57, Morris/CA 43

Austin Giese netted 18 of his game-high 29 points in the first half -- nearly outscoring the Tigers (13-8) by himself -- to give Minnewaska (7-13) a comfortable 35-19 lead at halftime.

Austin Dierks pumped in 14 points for Morris/Chokio-Alberta, which lost for the third time in its last four games.

Morris/CA (13-8) 19 24 -- 43

Minnewaska (7-13) 35 22 -- 57

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 14-50 FG (5-22 3-pt); 10-15 FT; 27 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Jacob Torgerson 5, Chandler Erickson 8, Brody Bahr 4, Riley Arndt 3, Logan Manska 9, Austin Dierks 14 ... 3-point shots: Torgerson 1, Erickson 2, Manska 2 ... Rebound leaders: Erickson 7 ... Assist leaders: Manska 4, Bahr 3 ... Steal leaders: Arndt 3, Dierks 3

MINNEWASKA - 19-43 FG (6-13 3-pt); 13-17 FT; 26 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Blake Johnsrud 3, Jeff Pooler 3, Trenton Noetzelman 6, Austin Giese 29, Andrew Ostrander 5, Austin Ostrander 4, Jayden Beecher 7 ... 3-point shots: Giese 4, Andrew Ostrander 1, Beecher 1 ... Rebound leaders: Noetzelman 6 ... Assist leaders: Johnsrud 4 ... Steal leaders: Johnsrud 4

Holdingford 68,

Paynesville 64

The Huskers defeated Paynesville in a non-conference game on Thursday.

No other details about the game were available at press time.

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