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Tribune photo by Brooke Kern Willmar’s Joe Leuze drives around St. Cloud Tech’s Phil Amundson (5) and Andy Foley (3) on Saturday in Willmar.

Boys basketball roundup: Willmar wins third straight

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WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals boys basketball team won its third straight game, 80-61 over St. Cloud Tech on Saturday, thanks mostly to solid shooting that produced the Cardinals’ top scoring output of the season.

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Willmar shot 50 percent from the field overall, including 57 percent from 3-point range, to improve to 4-4 in the Central Lakes Conference and 8-7 overall.

Joe Leuze and Kyler Johnson both hit three 3-pointers and Austin Rambow and Cody Magnuson also struck from beyond the arc.

Johnson led the Cardinals with 22 points, Rambow finished with 20 and Leuze had 13 points and 6 assists.

“Leuze, every time he shoots the ball lately the ball goes in,” said Willmar head coach Steve Grove. “He’s a good point guard and he really distributes the ball well but we’d like him to shoot it more if he’s going to shoot it like that.”

Johnson again played a strong game since returning from an injury that kept him out of the lineup for several games.

“Kyler has really played well since coming back from a concussion,” Grove said. “Having him back in there really takes the pressure off Austin (Rambow). We knew he could do the things he’s doing now, he’s just getting used to being back with the team.”

Jordan Geurtz scored 6 points and led the Cardinals with 6 rebounds, and Magnuson and Sean Zuidema both scored 5 points.

The Cardinals play next at St. Cloud Apollo on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Willmar 80, St. Cloud Tech 61

St. Cloud Tech (2-4 3-11)    32 29 — 61

Willmar (4-4 8-7)    41 39 — 80

ST. CLOUD TECH – 21-51 FG (9-19 3-pt); 10-16 FT; 19 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Ethyn Fruth 3, Andy Foley 24, Phil Amundson 2, Bryant Bohlig 9, David Scharenbroich 2, Sam Schoberg 1, Jake Martig 9, Jay Kedrowski 8, Isaac Matchinsky 3 … 3-point shots: Fruth, Foley 2, Bohlig 3, Kedrowski 2, Matchinsky 1 … Rebound leaders: NA … Assist leaders: NA … Steal leaders: NA

WILLMAR – 26-53 FG (8-14 3-pt); 20-31 FT; 26 rebounds; 18 fouls … Scoring: Joe Leuze 13, Joel Carter 2, Jordan Geurtz 6, Sean Zuidema 5, Josh Holtz 2, Cody Magnuson 5, Kyler Johnson 22, Austin Rambow 20, Adam Nibaur 1, Alex Grove 4 … 3-point shots: Leuze 3, Johnson 3, Magnuson 1, Rambow 1 … Rebound leaders: Geurtz 6 … Assist leaders: Leuze 6 … Steal leaders: Rambow 2

Morris/CA 57,

Ortonville 39

The Tigers continued to roll along, winning their fifth straight game in a non-conference battle with Ortonville on Saturday.

Morris/Chokio-Alberta hit just 1 of 9 3-pointer and shot 37 percent overall but the Tigers never let the Trojans get going offensively.

“We kind of struggled with our shooting but we played really good defense,” said Tigers head coach Mark Torgerson.

Logan Manska led the Tigers with 14 points and he also had 4 assists, and Austin Dierks had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals. Lincoln Berget had 6 points and 7 boards.

Morris/CA (11-2)    26 31 — 57

Ortonville (5-7)    17 22 — 39

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 20-54 FG (1-9 3-pt); 16-33 FT; 43 rebounds; 18 fouls … Scoring: Tom Holland 2, Jacob Torgerson 1, Chandler Erickson 6, Nic Vipond 10, Dylan McNally 1, Lincoln Berget 6, Logan Manska 14, Austin Dierks 13, John Tiernan 4 … 3-point shots: Manska 1 … Rebound leaders: Dierks 10, Berget 7 … Assist leaders: Torgerson 4, Manska 4 … Steal leaders: Dierks 3

ORTONVILLE – 14-41 FG (4-18 3-pt); 6-17 FT; 33 rebounds; 23 fouls … Scoring: James Nitz 8, Tony Schake 3, Nick Benck 6, Cole Peters 3, Jade Hasslen 8, Riley Thompson 4, Ryan Hanson 7 … 3-point shots: Hasslen 2, Schake 1, Hanson 1 … Rebound leaders: Thompson 12, Nitz 8 … Assist leaders: None … Steal leaders: Schake 2

Wright County

Waconia 84, NLS 51

The New London-Spicer boys basketball team ran into Waconia on the wrong night.

Waconia shot 67 percent overall, including almost 70 percent inside the 3-point line, and defeated NLS in a Wright County Conference game on Saturday in New London.

Waconia improved to 3-1 in the conference and the Wildcats, who also hit 21 of 24 free throws, are 10-4 overall. NLS’ Wildcats fell to 3-1 in the league and 8-6 overall.

Ryan Boll led Waconia with 25 point and teammate Matt Rachey scored 18 points and had 7 assists.

NLS’ Joey Dreier scored 12 points and had 4 assists and 4 steals, and Brett Olson scored 11 points and had 3 rebounds.

Waconia (3-1 10-4)    43 41 — 84

NLS (3-1 8-6)    21 30 — 51

WACONIA – 29-43 FG (5-8 3-pt); 21-24 FT; 28 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Matt Rachey 18, Jacob Herd 10, Avery Talton 2, Austin Fuller 4, Ryan Boll 25, Wylie Ferron 6, Alex Chandler 15, Brian Porter 2, Tyler Myrvold 2 … 3-point shots: Rachey 2, Herd 2, Boll 1 … Rebound leaders: Boll 5, Rchey 5, Ferron 5 … Assist leaders: Rachey 7, Herd 4 … Steal leaders: Ferron 4

NEW LONDON-SPICER – 17-43 FG (7-18 3-pt); 10-19 FT; 13 rebounds; 23 fouls … Scoring: Joey Dreier 12, Brett Olson 11, Tyler Halvorson 8, Trent Boie 5, Ryan Vraa 5, Adam Essler 3, Nick LaPatka 3, Shane Zylstra 2, Aaron Ruter 2 … 3-point shots: Dreier 1, Olson 2, Halvorson 2, Vraa 1, Essler 1 … Rebound leaders: Olson 3, LaPatka 2, Dreier 2 … Assist leaders: Dreier 4, Ruter 3 … Steal leaders: Dreier 4

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