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Boys basketball roundup: Melrose edges Monte

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MELROSE — In a meeting of West Central Conference top dogs, the Melrose Dutchmen took a hefty 12-point lead by halftime but had to withstand a furious second-half rally by visiting Montevideo to claim the  69-67 win Friday.

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A desperation half-court heave by a Thunder Hawk at the buzzer missed.

Both teams are now 9-3 in the WCC South.

Eight 3-pointers fueled the Dutch. Cole Van Beck nailed five of those on the way to 17 points, just behind 19 points by teammate Seth Noll.

The Hawks got 19 points from Troy Diggins and 12 from Jimmy Haff, who sank two of the team’s five treys. Monte will host Paynesville on Monday and Sauk Centre on Tuesday to close the schedule.

Melrose 69,

Montevideo 67

Montevideo (9-3, 12-9)........32 35 — 67

Melrose (9-3, 14-8)..............44 25 — 69

MONTEVIDEO – 27 FG (5 3-pt); 8-10 FT;  18 fouls … Scoring: Preston Herfurth 8, Jimmy Haff 12, Bryce Maurice 2, Dazhown Coleman 9, Jordan Thompson 6, Austin Hansen 5, Troy Diggins 19, Spencer Hildahl 6 … 3-point shots: Haff 2, Thompson, Hansen, Diggins … Rebound leaders: Haff 8, Coleman … Assist leaders: Coleman 5, Diggins 4 … Steal leaders: Hildahl 3, Coleman 2

MELROSE – 25 FG (8 3-pt); 11-19 FT; 29 rebounds; 11 fouls … Scoring: Seth Noll 19, Cesar Cervantes 6, Cole Van Beck 17, Ben Klaphake 2, Tyler Braegelmann 7, Colton Meyer 12, Blake Gerads 6 … 3-point shots: Noll 2, Cervantes, Beck 5 … Rebound leaders: Meyer 6

Minnewaska 89,

Sauk Centre 79

Austin Ostrander with 25 points and Jayden Beecher another 23 helped the Lakers avenge an earlier loss to Sauk Centre. Minnewaska shot a blistering 81 percent from inside the arc and 70 percent overall.

Austin VerSteeg added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals, and Matt McIver 10 points for Minnewaska (6-8, 10-12). Ostrander knocked down 4 three-pointers and dished out a team-high 6 assists.

Sauk Centre (9-4, 15-7)........37 42 — 79

Minnewaska (6-8, 10-12).....46 43 — 89

SAUK CENTRE – statistics n/a

MINNEWASKA – 33-47 FG (7-15 3-pt); 16-26 FT; 18 rebounds; fouls n/a … Scoring: Riley Thompson 7, Matt McIver 10, Austin Ostrander 25, Matt Paulson 4, Austin VerSteeg 12, Jayden Beecher 23, Thorin Erickson 4, Alex Elwood 4 … 3-point shots: Thompson 1, McIver 1, Ostrander 4, Beecher 1 … Rebound leaders: VerSteeg 6 … Assist leaders: Ostrander 6, Beecher 5 … Steal leaders: VerSteeg 2

Central Minn.

BBE 98, Rockford 59

The Jaguars (22-1) locked up no less than a tie for their sixth straight Central Minnesota Conference title and need just two more wins to finish loop play 14-0 a fourth season in a row.

All five BBE starters reached double figures topped by Brian Goodwin with 24 and brothers Tanner and Trey Heinsius at 18 and 16, respectively.

Goodwin cashed five triples and Tanner Heinsius four.

Brian Deering’s 16 points paced the Rockets.

The Jaguars will host Pierz on Tuesday.

BBE (12-0, 22-1)................56   42— 98

Rockford (6-7, 12-13)........39  20 — 59

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA – 37-77 FG (14-31 3-pt); 10-16 FT; 40 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Tanner Heinsius 18, Trey Heinsius 16, Brian Goodwin 24, James Kuefler 12, Billy Borgerding 10, David Rodgers 8, Alex Carroll 6, Nick Benton 2, Dalon Bitzen 2 … 3-point shots: Goodwin 5, Ta. Heinsius 4, Borgerding 2, Carroll 2, Rodgers … Rebound leaders: Borgerding 8, Tre. Heinsius 8, Kuefler 7 … Assist leaders: Goodwin 6, Kuefler 5, Tr. Heinsius 4 … Steal leaders: Tr. Heinsius 4

ROCKFORD – 22-56 FG (3-15 3-pt); 12-18 FT; 30 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Brock Deering 16, Jeremy Bingham 6, Ben Zilmer 5, Carter Olson 2, Tommy Traen 2, Brendon Schumacher 13, Nick Tully 4, Joe Agre 11… 3-point shots: Agre, Zilmer, Bingham  … Rebound leaders: Deering 11 … Assist leaders: Tully 3

Benson 83, ACGC 68

Benson dominated the game from the foul line, hitting 29 of 36 free throws and scoring 50 second-half points to defeat the Falcons on Friday in Benson.

The teams were tied at 33 at the half.

Benson’s Jacob Goff was impressive, finishing with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Aaron Ahrndt finished with 19 points and Alex Forsberg had 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals.

ACGC’s Colton Minnick almost duplicated Goff’s double-double, with 19 points and 11 boards, and Brody Larson hit four 3-pointers and scored a team-high 21 points.

ACGC (7-6, 15-7)................33 35 — 68

Benson (8-7, 12-12)............33 50 — 83

ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY – 22-64 FG (8-29 3-pt); 16-20 FT; 30 rebounds; 25 fouls … Scoring: Brody Larson 21, Taylor Larson 13, David Kinzler 5, Jaden Amdahl 6, Gabriel Eisenbacher 2, Colton Minnick 19, Tyler Copeland 2 … 3-point shots: Brody Larson 4, Taylor Larson 3, Kinzler 1 … Rebound leaders: Minnick 10, Taylor Larson 5 … Assist leaders: Brody Larson 2 … Steal leaders: Brody Larson 2

BENSON – 26-49 FG (2-9 3-pt); 29-36 FT; 29 rebounds; 19 fouls … Scoring: Alex Forsberg 7, Zach Maurer 9, Adam Lindahl 10, Aaron Ahrndt 19, Ryan Hampton 8, Christian Larson 1, Zach Jensen 4, Jacob Goff 25 … 3-point shots: Forsberg 1, Ahrndt 1 … Rebound leaders: Goff 13, Forsberg 6, Hampton 5 … Assist leaders: Forsberg 3, Ahrndt 3, Larson 2 … Steal leaders: Ahrndt 3, Forsberg 2, Larson 2

Camden

MACCRAY 71, KMS 36

Carter Asche and Bailey Boike each picked up a double-double for MACCRAY in its win over KMS.

Asche’s 25 points and 11 rebounds were both game-highs, and Boike had 19 points and 10 boards.

Dean Schroeder added 4 points, 3 assists and 2 steals for the Wolverines (8-6, 10-14), who next play at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Monday.

James Faulkner paced the Fighting Saints (0-15, 1-21) with 17 points.

KMS (0-15, 1-21).................19 17 — 36

MACCRAY (8-6, 10-14).......35 36 — 71

KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG – 12-55 FG (4-19 3-pt); 8-15 FT; 23 rebounds; 7 fouls … Scoring: Taylor Feldman 7, James Faulkner 17, Josh Peterson 5, Preston Mahlum 5, Brandon Dahl 1 … 3-point shots: Feldman 1, Faulkner 2, Peterson 1 … Rebound leaders: Mahlum 7, Brody Lindquist 6 … Assist leaders: Feldman 3 … Steal leaders: Faulkner 4

MACCRAY – 30-54 FG (3-10 3-pt); 8-13 FT; 39 rebounds; 7 fouls … Scoring: Jacob Aviles 7, Jackson Grussing 2, Brady Madsen 2, Dean Schroeder 4, Tyler Moffenbier 6, Chase Christenson 2, Russell Flores 4, Carter Asche 25, Bailey Boike 19 … 3-point shots: Asche 3 … Rebound leaders: Boike 10, Asche 11 … Assist leaders: Schroeder 3, Aviles 3 … Steal leaders: Schroeder 2, Moffenbier 2, Asche 2

CMCS 56, LQPV 52

The Bluejays overcame a six-point halftime deficit and held on at the end to down the Eagles in a Camden Conference game Friday in Madison.

Taylor Slagter scored 14 points, Matthew Van Eps scored 11 and Lucas Van Eps pitched in with 10 to lead the Bluejays.

Kellen Kessler hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points and Garrett Olson finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the Eagles, who play host to Benson at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

CMCS (11-4, 14-6)................18 38 — 56

LQPV (6-10, 8-15)................24 28 — 52

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN – 19 FG (3 3-pt); 15-22 FT; NA rebounds; NA fouls … Scoring: Matthew Van Eps 11, Nick Daugherty 8, Ethan Brouwer 3, Taylor Slagter 14, Lucas Van Eps 10, Austin Bulthuis 8, Levi Post 2 … 3-point shots: L. Van Eps 2, Slagter 1 … Rebound leaders: NA … Assist leaders: NA … Steal leaders: NA

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY – 17-46 FG (9-24 3-pt); 9-14 FT; 26 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Kellen Kessler 17, Jon Nielsen 3, Austin Haas 2, Garrett Olson 12, Lucas Strand 3, Brandon Hill 8, Noah Jensen 7 … 3-point shots: Kessler 5, Olson 2, Nielsen 1, Hill 1 … Rebound leaders: Jensen 8, OIson 8 … Assist leaders: Jensen 2 … Steal leaders: Kessler 2, Haas 2

Wright County

Litchfield 68,

Mound Westonka 45

Oh, what a night! The metal ring may have appeared as roomy as a hula hoop for the Dragons’ shooting crew who made 24 of 36 floor shots (66 percent) and a laser-like 11 of 14 (79 percent) from above the 3-point arc on their home court.

Cody Rau made 5 of 5 from bonus territory for his 16 points.

Dylan Kotzer added 15 points Josh Polingo 14, Cody Beavers 7 and Eric Madsen and Andrew Schneider 6 apiece.

The Dragons put up 47 second-half points to blow away the White Hawks who were dead even at halftime, 21-all.

Mound Wes. (3-10, 5-18)....21  24— 45

Litchfield (5-7, 8-15)............21  47— 68

MOUND WESTONKA – 16-41 FG (4-12 3-pt); 9-12 FT; 16 rebounds; 14 fouls … Scoring: Reid Dahl 4, Billy  Legeros 3, Tynan O’Haria 12, David Hughes 2, Gabe Wear 13, Charlie Sir 9, Sam Stoopes 2 … 3-point shots: Legeros, Sir 3 … Rebound leaders: O’Hara 4, Wear 4 … Assist leaders: Dahl 4

LITCHFIELD – 24-36 FG (11-14 3-pt); 8-10 FT; 22 rebounds; 14 fouls … Scoring: Eric Madsen 6, Cody Beavers 7, Jake Schultz 2, Cody Rau 16, Dylan Kotzer 15, Josh Polingo 14, Andrew Schneider 6, Ross Wendlandt 2 … 3-point shots: Madsen 2-2, Beaver 1-1, Rau 5-5, Kotzer 2-3, Polingo 1-2… Rebound leaders: Kotzer 5, Schneider 5 … Assist leaders: Kotzer 5, Rau 4, Alex Hendricks  4

Orono 82, NL-Spicer 59

A strong Orono squad jumped out to a big first half lead and eased to a Wright County Conference victory thanks in large part to 60 percent 3-point shooting on Friday in New London.

The Wildcats fell to 3-9 in the conference and 12-10 overall. They play a non-conference game against Rocori at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Cold Spring.

Thirteen players scored for Orono, which is coached by former area hoops star Barry Wohler.

Brett Olson led the Wildcats with 19 points and Shane Zylstra had 9 points and 9 rebounds.

Orono (10-3, 16-8).............44 38 — 82

NLS (3-9, 12-10).................26 33 — 59

ORONO – 28-70 FG (12-20 3-pt); 10-11 FT; 26 rebounds; 23 fouls … Scoring: Chandler Jacoby 10, Peter Smaron 4, Max Karon 4, Ethan Larson 11, Chandler Perry 9, Patrick Codute 8, Cole Hennings 14, Erik Henjum 4, Sam Sustacek 2, Andy Ten Eyck 8, T.J. Marxer 2, Ellis Hammer 4, Chris Lecey 2 … 3-point shots: Jacoby 2, Karon 2, Larson 3, Perry 3, Codute 1, Hennings 2 … Rebound leaders: Perry 5, Ten Eyck 7, Hammer 4 … Assist leaders: Codute 3, Hennings 3 … Steal leaders: Hennings 3, Ten Eyck 2

NEW LONDON-SPICER – 17-52 FG (2-19 3-pt); 23-30 FT; 22 rebounds; 13 fouls … Scoring: Brett Olson 19, Shane Zylstra 9, Tyson Gislason 9, Ryan Vraa 7, Devin Fostervold 7, Ethan Bohlsen 3, Jonny DeGeest 3, Alex Groff 2 … 3-point shots: Olson 2 … Rebound leaders: Zylstra 9, Gislason 5 … Assist leaders: Vraa 5, DeGeest 3 … Steal leaders: Vraa 5, DeGeest 2

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