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Boys basketball: Willmar trounces winless Sauk Rapids

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SAUK RAPIDS — Willmar shot a blistering 68 percent from the field and senior Kyler Johnson netted 24 points behind 5 three-pointers as the Cardinals rolled past Sauk Rapids 94-64 Friday to stay a game behind St. Cloud Tech for the lead in the Central Lakes Conference.

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It was the sixth straight win for Willmar, which also beat the winless Storm (0-13, 0-2) by 22 on Jan. 3 in Willmar. Four CLC games remain on the Cardinals’ slate with Tech sitting at 12-1 in conference play and Willmar 10-2. Tech has already swept the season series with the Cardinals.

Tyler Stegeman supplied Willmar (16-5 overall) with 18 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, while Dylan Schueler (16) and Joel Carter (10) also scored in double figures. The Cardinals owned a 51-32 lead at halftime en route to reaching their season-high point total.

Carter also led the team with 6 rebounds and 3 steals while handing out 5 assists. Schueler chipped in 5 assists and 4 rebounds, and Adam Nibaur 3 steals.

Willmar is at Moorhead (8-10) Saturday for a non-conference game starting at 3 p.m. and play at second-place Brainerd (9-3, 12-9) on Tuesday before hosting the Warriors on Thursday.

Willmar 94, Sauk Rapids 64

Willmar (10-2, 16-5)          51 43 — 94

Sauk Rapids (0-13, 0-20)                32 32 — 64

WILLMAR – 36-53 FG (10-19 3-pt); 12-16 FT; 27 rebounds; 9 fouls … Scoring: Tyler Stegeman 18, Joel Carter 10, Josh Holtz 2, Dylan Schueler 16, Liban Hussein 6, Max Trochlil 2, Brady Damhof 4, Kyler Johnson 24, Adam Nibaur 5, Austin Grove 7 … 3-point shots: Stegeman 2, Schueler 2, Johnson 5, Nibaur 1 … Rebound leaders: Carter 6, Stegeman 4, Schueler 4 … Assist leaders: Stegeman 8, Carter 5, Schueler 5 … Steal leaders: Carter 3, Nibaur 3, Stegeman 2, Johnson 2

SAUK RAPIDS – 24-52 FG (11-19 3-pt); 5-5 FT; 22 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Alec Burkland 13, Cody Czeck 3, Sadiq Hassan 5, Casey Lynch 3, Tyler Kranz 15, Barclay Bates 2, Mitchell Waldorf 8, Kobe Boraas 15 … 3-point shots: Burkland 1, Czeck 1, Hassan 1, Lynch 1, Kranz 2, Waldorf 2, Boraas 3 … Rebound leaders: Kranz 7, Hassan 4 … Assist leaders: Waldorf 4 … Steal leaders: Burkland 2

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