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Willmar senior guard Tyler Stegeman goes high to corral a pass during the first half of the Cardinals’ 76-58 Central Lakes Conference victory over Rocori Thursday at Willmar High School. Stegeman finished with 10 points, 5 steals and 4 blocked shots. Tribune photo by Tom Larson

Boys Basketball: Willmar rallies past Rocori

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Boys Basketball: Willmar rallies past Rocori
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WILLMAR — The Cardinals shot the three like they were wearing mittens (4 of 25) but at the free-throw line they had the light touch of a pickpocket—draining 20 of 21 chances.

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That was more than enough to repel the hopeful Spartans of Rocori who held a slim, 32-31 lead at halftime.

Willmar took over in the second half outscoring the visitors by 19 points to claim a 76-58 victory in CLC boys basketball Thursday.

“We played more man-to-man with full-court pressure the second half,” explained coach Steve Grove of the turnaround.

“The first half we were trapping and switching and lost track of people and that led to some open lay-ups.”

Inside the arc Willmar shooters hit on 22 of 33 tries.

Joel Carter’s all-around game produced 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Carter, Dylan Schueler (7 points), Kyler Johnson (l3), Adam Nibaur (11) and Austin Grove (15 points, 9 rebounds) were each perfect from the line. Taylor Stegeman (10 points) had the lone miss.

Cole Field with 14 points and Austin Overman with a dozen led the Spartans (1-10, 1-17).

Willmar (8-2, 13-5) plays at Montevideo on Saturday evening.

Willmar 76, Rocori 58

Rocori (1-10 1-17)             32  26 —58

Willmar (8-2 13-5)            31  45 —76

ROCORI – 22-51 FG (3-12 3-pt); 11-17 FT; 30 rebounds; 18 fouls … Scoring: Brad Fabel 8, Connor Schoborg 4, Luke Asfeld 2, Josh Peterson 4, Alex Anderson 2, Skippy Virchow 2, Cole Field 14, Austin Overman 12, Max Nelson 2 … 3-point shots: Fabel 2, Overman … Rebound leaders: Field 6 … Assist leaders: Virchow 3, Overman 3 … Steal leaders: Fabel 3

WILLMAR – 26-58 FG (4-25 3-pt); 20-21 FT; 32 rebounds; 17 fouls … Scoring: Tyler Stegeman 10, Joel Carter 16, Josh Holtz 2, Dylan Schueler 7, Kyler Johnson 13, Adam Nibaur 11, Austin Grove 15 … 3-point shots: Stegeman 1-7, Schueler 1-5, Johnson 1-8, Nibaur 1-3 … Rebound leaders: Johnson 5, Carter 7, Grove 9 … Assist leaders: Carter 5, Stegeman 3 … Steal leaders: Carter 3

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