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MACCRAY senior guard Taylor Thissen powers up for a shot while Paynesville sophomore Matt Quade (10) and Bulldogs junior Andrew Topp (20) surround him on Friday in the first game of the Benson Invitational in Benson.
MACCRAY senior guard Taylor Thissen powers up for a shot while Paynesville sophomore Matt Quade (10) and Bulldogs junior Andrew Topp (20) surround him on Friday in the first game of the Benson Invitational in Benson.

Boys basketball: MACCRAY wins in Holiday Tourney

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BENSON — MACCRAY surged late in the first half to go up on Paynesville, and didn’t relent, beating the Bulldogs 59-44 on Friday in the CASE IH Holiday Tournament in Benson.

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Taylor Thissen and Carter Asche both posted double-doubles for the Wolverines, and Cody Boonstra hit two 3-pointers during the Wolverines’ first-half rally. They ended the half leading 31-23.

Thissen had a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Asche had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Andrew Topp paced the Bulldogs (1-4) with 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Paynesville will face Belle Plaine in the third-place game 6 p.m. today.

The Wolverines (4-1) will play Benson for the championship following the 6 p.m. game.

MACCRAY 59, Paynesville 44

MACCRAY (4-1)    31 28 — 59

Paynesville (1-4)    23 21 — 44

MACCRAY – 24-66 FG (2-10 3-pt); 9-15 FT; 38 rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring: Jacob Aviles 2, C. Boonstra 11, Jordan Boonstra 2, Aaron Jaenisch 6, Carter Asche 12, Taylor Thissen 19, Bailey Boike 7 … 3-point shots: C. Boonstra 2 … Rebound leaders: Asche 14, Thissen 10 … Assist leaders: C. Boonstra 5 … Steal leaders: Thissen 4

PAYNESVILLE – 20-49 FG (2-8 3-pt); 2-5 FT; 29 rebounds; 11 fouls … Scoring: Mitch Weidner 10, Trent Gertken 2, Matt Quade 2, Alex Kranz 2, Andrew Topp 12, Nick Dingmann 8, Brandan Schleper 8 … 3-point shots: Weidner 2 … Rebound leaders: Weidner 7, Topp 7, Schleper 7 … Assist leaders: Weidner 2 … Steal leaders: n/a

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