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Men's basketball: Warriors fall short of playoffs

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FERGUS FALLS — The Ridgewater men’s basketball team fell to M-State Fergus Falls 83-76 on Saturday and also fell just short of earning a MCAC Southern Division playoff spot.

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The Warriors finished 6-8 in the division, tied with Fergus Falls and Anoka-Ramsey.

But Anoka-Ramsey defeated Fergus twice during the season and Fergus Falls defeated Ridgewater twice, knocking the Warriors out of the tiebreaker.

“I’m proud of our guys,” said Warriors head coach Bob Knutson. “They never gave up and played scrappy to the end.”

On Saturday, Shane Bosek, who played his high school basketball at Minnewaska Area, hit on 10 of 15 floor shots and 9 of 13 free throws adding up; to 30 points, to lead the Spartans to victory.

The Warriors (6-8, 12-15) had more field goals (31 to 27) but Fergus made 21 of 28 at the free-throw line while the Willmar team went 7-for-12.

The visitors led 32-31 at halftime but got outscored 52-44 the final 20 minutes.

Beau Herrig supplied the Warriors with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Neil Helgeson was the top scored with 23 points while sinking 4 of 8 three-point tries.

“That game was so much fun,” Knutson said. “We played well and (Fergus Falls) did, too.”

MSCTC 83,

Ridgewater 76

Ridgewater (6-8, 12-15).....32  44 — 76

MSCTC (11-3, 20-7)....31 52 — 83

RIDGEWATER COLLEGE – 31-78 FG (7-22 3-pt); 7-12 FT; 45 rebounds; 23 fouls … Scoring: Zak Pendleton 3, Melvin Kromah 11, Neil Helgeson 23, Terrance Lockett 8, Zach Henning 5, Jeremy Olson 7, Beau Herrig 19 … 3-point shots: Pendleton, Helgeson 4, Henning, Olson … Rebound leaders: Herrig 13, Lockett 7, Kromah 5, Helgeson 5, Olson 5 … Assist leaders: Helgeson 4, Lockett 4… Steal leaders: Lockett 2

MSCTC – 27-45 FG (8-31 3-pt); 21-28 FT; 47 rebounds; 17 fouls … Scoring: Boomer Blossom 10, Shane Bosek 30, Chuckie Smith 9, Damon Westrich 3, Jason Nelson 12, Luke Halbakken 19 … 3-point shots: Blossom 2, Westrich, Nelson 3, Halbakken … Rebound leaders: Gavin Dettwiler 10, Blossom 7, Bosek 6 … Assist leaders: Smith 5 … Steal leaders: Bosek 2

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