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Boys Basketball: Jerve's 20-20 night for Monte overshadowed by loss to Benson

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BENSON -- Despite a cold-shooting night, Benson knocked Montevideo out of the West Central South Conference race and gave the outright title to Morris Area with a 47-44 victory over the Thunder Hawks on Friday.

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Montevideo, playing without leading scorer Eric Brandon for the second straight game with an ankle injury, bolted to a 7-0 lead and still led 23-22 at halftime.

The Thunder Hawks led by four points in the second half before Benson eventually overtook them. Leading 45-44, the Braves' Brennan Kent cashed a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to ice the game.

Aaron Lindahl had 17 points and seven rebounds for Benson (10-5, 14-9). Kent finished with 11 points.

Jeff Jerve had a strong game for the Thunder Hawks (11-4, 16-7) with 20 points and 23 rebounds.

Benson 47, Montevideo 44

Montevideo (11-4, 16-7) 23 21 -- 44

Benson (10-5, 14-9) 22 25 -- 47

MONTEVIDEO - 18-50 FG (2-8 3-pt); 6-11 FT; 39 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Tom Grages 4, Troy Hendrickson 2, Ryan Boike 5, Brock Ackerman 4, Brett Bergeson 4, Jeff Jerve 20, Tom Grages 5 ... 3-point shots: Boike 1, Bergeson 1 ... Rebound leaders: Jerve 23, Hendrickson 5 ... Assist leaders: Hendrickson 3 ... Steal leaders: none

BENSON - 18-51 FG (3-16 3-pt); 8-11 FT; 28 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Ben Murphy 6, Jeff Berens 2, Brennan Kent 11, Aaron Lindahl 17, Josh Cluever 6, Steven James 5 ... 3-point shots: Kent 2, Lindahl 1 ... Rebound leaders: Lindahl 7, Kent 5, James 5 ... Assist leaders: Kent 4 ... Steal leaders: none

Paynesville 62, BOLD 46

Jamison Wall sank three 3-pointers and led the Bulldogs (10-5, 11-10) with 25 points. Nathan Nietfeld contributed a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Mitchell Marlow added 14 points.

Ross Nelson's 18 points and eight boards paced the Warriors (5-10, 9-13). Trent Neisen followed with 12 points.

Paynesville (10-5, 11-10) .37 25 -- 62

BOLD (5-10, 9-13) 28 18 -- 46

PAYNESVILLE - 26 FG (7 3-pt); 3-9 FT; 34 rebounds; 13 fouls ... Scoring: Tanner Wendroth 2, Mitchell Marlow 14, Jamison Wall 25, Travis Jimenez 2, Nathan Nietfeld 15, Jason Kampsen 4 ... 3-point shots: Marlow 2, Wall 3, Nietfeld 2 ... Rebound leaders: Nietfeld 12, Wall 6 ... Assist leaders: Wendroth 5 ... Steal leaders: Wall 6

BOLD - 20-53 FG (4-18 3-pt); 2-8 FT; 29 rebounds; 12 fouls ... Scoring: Dylan Gass 6, Tyler Hebrink 2, Ross Nelson 18, Jake Boersma 4, Kyle Athmann 2, Trent Neisen 12, Shawn Dollerschell 1 ... 3-point shots: Gass 2, Nelson 2 ... Rebound leaders: Nelson 8 ... Assist leaders: Hebrink 5 ... Steal leaders: Boersma 2

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