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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.

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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