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Boys basketball roundup: Litch beats ACGC for 2nd straight win

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LITCHFIELD — Litchfield won its second straight game, this one a non-conference victory Tuesday night over a solid ACGC team, to even its record at 2-2.

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Cody Rau scored 14 points, Alex Hendricks scored 13  and Josh Polingo and Andy Schneider both scored 12 in the Dragons’ 61-45 win.

ACGC, which lost its second straight, fell to 4-2.

“It was a good win,” said Litchfield head coach John Carlson, who is retooling his roster this season after two straight trips to the Class AA state championship game. “Any win is a good win right now. We’re kind of starting over.”

But it was the same kind of Dragons’ basketball, with solid defense and patient offense. ACGC entered the game averaging 73 points per game its first five games but Litch held the Falcons to 16-fo-46 shooting from the field. The Dragons shot 50 percent and outrebounded the Falcons 36-21.

ACGC’s Taylor Larson scored a game-high 21 points and he also had 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Brody Larson finished with 13 points and 3 assists.

Litchfield plays Dassel-Cokato at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Litchfield.

Litchfield 61, ACGC 45

ACGC (4-2)          22 23 — 45

Litchfield (2-2)   30 31 — 61

ACGC – 16-46 FG (5-19 3-pt); 8-19 FT; 21 rebounds; 11 fouls … Scoring: Brody Larson 13, Taylor Larson 21, David Kinzler 4, Colton Minnick 6, Tyler Copeland 1 … 3-point shots: B.Larson 1, T.Larson 4 … Rebound leaders: T.Larson 6, Minnick 5 … Assist leaders: B.Larson 3, Kinzler 2 … Steal leaders: T.Larson 3, Gabe Eisenbacher 3

LITCHFIELD – 25-49 FG (3-13 3-pt); 8-10 FT; 36 rebounds; 19 fouls … Scoring: Eric Madsen 4, Cody Beavers 2, Cody Rau 14, Dylan Kotzer 4, Josh Polingo 12, Alex Hendricks 13, Andy Schneider 12 … 3-point shots: Hendricks 2 … Rebound leaders: Madsen 6, Rau 7 … Assist leaders: Schnneider 5 … Steal leaders: Hendricks 4

Cedar Mountain/C 74, BOLD 61

The Warriors’ Nick Kubesh double-doubled with 16 points and 10 rebounds in BOLD’s first loss of the season.

Tyler Lothert and Ethan Weis each added 10 points, and Trent Athmann had 9 points and 7 boards.

Cedar Mtn./Com. (2-3)     33 41 — 74

BOLD (3-1)          30 31 — 61

CEDAR MOUNTAIN/COMFREY – Statistics not available

BOLD – 22-71 FG (9-39 3-pt); 8-14 FT; 30 rebounds; 14 fouls … Scoring: Max Buchtel 3, Ethan Weis 10, Sawyer Tersteeg 2, Austin Weis 7, Trent Athmann 9, Nick Kubesh 16, Christopher McRell 2, Brad Wolff 2, Tyler Lothert 10 … 3-point shots: Buchtel 1, Ethan Weis 3, Kubesh 2, Lothert 3 … Rebound leaders: Kubesh 10, Athmann 7 … Assist leaders: Ethan Weis 5, Athmann 4 … Steal leaders: Kubesh 3

Camden

MACCRAY 58, CMCS 43

Carter Asche led the Wolverines to victory No. 3 with a 23-point evening as the visitors shot just over 50 percent in the gym at Prinsburg. Bailey Boike added 16 points and Jacob Aviles and Dean Schroeder each supplied 4 assists.

Taylor Slagter’s 15 points led Central Minnesota Christian. Nick Daugherty pulled in 10 rebounds and Lucas Van Eps made 6 assists.

MACCRAY (3-0 3-1)         24  34 — 58

CMCS (1-1 2-2)   16  27 — 43

MACCRAY – 23-45 FG (3-7 3-pt); 9-13 FT; 33 rebounds; 10 fouls … Scoring: Jacob Aviles 6, Dean Schroeder 4, Tyler Moffenbier 4, Chase Christenson 2, Andrew Schultz 3, Carter Asche 23 … 3-point shots: not available … Rebound leaders: Asche 11, Moffenbier 8 … Assist leaders: Aviles 4, Schroeder 4 … Steal leaders: Asche 2.

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – 18-62 FG (5-19 3-pt); 2-4 FT; 26 rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring: Ethan Brouwer 4, Matt VanEps 7, Taylor Slagter 15, Lucas VanEps 8, Austin Bulthuis 2, Nick Daugherty 7 … 3-point shots: M. VanEps, Slagter, L. VanEps 2, Daugherty  … Rebound leaders: Daugherty 10, Bulthuis 6 … Assist leaders: L. Van Eps 6, Slagter 4, M. VanEps 3 … Steal leaders: Bulthuis 3

LQPV 76, RCW 35

Junior Kellen Kessler scored 21 points to lead the Eagles. Garrett Olson, another junior, added 12 points and Kody Nesvold supplied 8 points and 6 rebounds.

Griffin Schaub hit a three triples and scored 12 points to lead the Jaguars.

RCW (1-3 1-5)     13  22 — 35

LQPV (2-1 3-3)   36 40 — 76

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST – 13-38 FG (3-9 3-pt); 6-15 FT; 21 rebounds; 21 fouls … Scoring: Brady Holwerda 5, Jessie Miller 4, Nathan Refsland 4, Griffin Schaub 12, Ian Engstrom 8, Spencer Mortenson 2 … 3-point shots: Schaub 3 … Rebound leaders: Holwerda 5

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY – 26-67 FG (4-13 3-pt); 20-33 FT; 34 rebounds; 16 fouls … Scoring: Kellen Kesler 21, Jon Nielsen 9, Austin Haas 1, Garrett Olson 12, Sawyer Bohn 7, Kody Nesvold 8, Connor Oie 2, Lucas Strand 3, Riley Sigdahl 3, Brandon Hill 7, Noah Jensen 3 … 3-point shots: Kessler 3, Nielsen 1 … Rebound leaders: Haas 6, Nesvold 6, Hill 6… Assist leaders: Kessler 3 … Steal leaders: Haas 5, Nielsen 4

West Central

Sauk Centre 64,

Morris/CA 61

Matthew Moritz canned a three-pointer with 29 seconds left to give visiting Sauk Centre the lead for good. The basket came just 22 seconds after Riley Biesterfeld made two free throws for Morris/Chokio-Alberta that gave the Tigers a 61-59 lead.

Unbeaten Sauk Centre (2-0, 6-0) led 37-31 at halftime and owned a 16-point lead at one point in the second half.

Tigers’ 6-foot-3 sophomore post Eric Staebler collected another double-double by piling up a game-high 25 points and 14 rebounds. Staebler has a double-double in four of the Tigers’ five games this season.

Noah Grove added 15 points and Bryce Jergenson chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals for the Tigers (0-4, 0-5).

Josh Buschette paced Sauk Centre with 21 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Sauk Centre (2-0, 6-0)      37 33 — 64

Morris/CA (0-4, 0-5)          31 30 — 61

SAUK CENTRE – 25-57 FG (6-22 3-pt); 9-12 FT; 21 rebounds; 18 fouls … Scoring: Josh Buschette 21, Austin Nelson 8, Seth Otte 5, Matthew Moritz 10, Austin Landkammer 2, Andrew Primus 5, Adam Jensen 4, Cole Neuberg 4, Casey Weber 5 … 3-point shots: Buschette 3, Moritz 2, Otte 1, Primus 1 … Rebound leaders: n/a … Assist leaders: Buschette 4 … Steal leaders: Buschette 3, Nelson 3

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 21-50 FG (4-13 3-pt); 15-16 FT; 29 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Noah Grove 15, Trent Wulf 2, Bryce Jergenson 11, Riley Biesterfeld 2, Jacob Zosel 2, Andrew Goulet 2, Nic Solvie 2, Eric Staebler 25 … 3-point shots: Grove 3, Jergenson 1 … Rebound leaders: Staebler 14, Jergenson 5 … Assist leaders: Goulet 5 … Steal leaders: Jergenson 3, Staebler 3 … Blocks: Grove 2

Minnewaska 63,

Melrose 55

Matt McIver scored 14 points and was 4-for-4 on three-pointers, and Jayden Beecher notched 17 points and 3 assists for the Lakers.

Riley Thompson added 9 points and 9 boards, and Austin VerSteeg had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

Melrose (1-1, 1-3)              29 26 — 55

Minnewaska (2-2, 2-3)     40 23 — 63

MELROSE – statistics not available

MINNEWASKA – 17-38 FG (6-14 3-pt); 23-30 FT; 36 rebounds; fouls n/a … Scoring: Riley Thompson 9, Austin Ostrander 9, Matt McIver 14, Austin VerSteeg 12, Jayden Beecher 17, Alex Elwood 2 … 3-point shots: Thompson 1, McIver 4, Ostrander 1 … Rebound leaders: Thompson 9, VerSteeg 8, Ostrander 5 … Assist leaders: VerSteeg 3, Beecher 3 … Steal leaders: Thompson 2, McIver 2, Elwood 2

Montevideo 65,

Benson 52

Troy Diggins scored 19 points and Jordan Nelson had 18 in the ThunderHawks’ West Central Conference win over Benson on Thursday in Montevideo.

The T-Hawks took an eight-point lead in to halftime and stretched it out in the second thanks in part to 55 percent shooting.

Spencer Hildahl had 10 points and 8 rebounds for Montevideo.

Benson’s Zach Maurer had 18 points, Christian Larson netted 13 and Jacob Goff finished with 7 points and 7 boards. Aaron Ahrndt had 9 points and 4 steals.

Montevideo plays next at Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. today.

Benson (2-1 4-2)                24 28 — 52

Montevideo (2-0 3-1)        32 33 — 65

BENSON – 20-49 FG (2-9 3-pt); 10-16 FT; 22 rebounds; 19 fouls … Scoring: Zach Maurer 18, Aaron Ahrndt 9, Ryan Hampton 1, Christian Larson 13, Jacob Goff 7, Logan Flegel 4 … 3-point shots: Larson 2 … Rebound leaders: Goff 7, Hampton 4, Larson 4 … Assist leaders: Larson 2, Goff 2 … Steal leaders: Ahrndt 4, Larson 2

MONTEVIDEO – 22-40 FG (6-12 3-pt); 15-23 FT; 27 rebounds; 18 fouls … Scoring: Adam Kilibarda 3, Jimmy Haff 5, Bryce Maurice 2, Dazhown Coleman 4, Jordan Thompson 18, Austin Hansen 4, Troy Diggins 19, Spencer Hildahl 10 … 3-point shots: Diggins 2, Thompson 2, Haff 1, Kilibarda 1 … Rebound leaders: Hildahl 8, Thompson 5, Ricky Schmitz 3 … Assist leaders: Coleman 4, Maurice 3, Diggins 3 … Steal leaders: Diggins 2, Thompson 2, Haff 2

Pheasant

CGB 76, Hancock 63

Taylor Holleman scored 35 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in the Owls’ loss.

Hancock next plays at Canby on Saturday.

Hancock (0-1, 0-3)             31 32 — 63

CGB (1-0, 2-1)     45 31 — 76

HANCOCK – 23-50 FG (7-16 3-pt); 10-16 FT; 24 rebounds; 16 fouls … Scoring: Noah Kannegiesser 6, Collin Brown 10, Taylor Holleman 35, Justin Miller 6, Logan Kisgen 2, Tyler Reese 1, Justin Peterson 2, Brandon Shaw 1 … 3-point shots: Kannegiesser 1, Brown 2, Holleman 4 … Rebound leaders: Holleman 6 … Assist leaders: Holleman 3 … Steal leaders: Brown 1, Bryce Schmidgall 1, Holleman 1

CLINTON-GRACEVILLE-BEARDSLEY – 31-52 FG (6-16 3-pt); 8-15 FT; 26 rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring: Jason Montonye 9, Johnny Connelly 13, Ryan Costello 2, Michael Mckee 4, Damon Gibson 23, Nate Bauer 25 … 3-point shots: Bauer 5, Montonye 1 … Rebound leaders: n/a … Assist leaders: n/a … Steal leaders: n/a

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