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NLS holds off Pierz in overtime

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

COLLEGEVILLE -- It didn't look good for New London-Spicer in the late stages of its game against Pierz on Saturday.

With 36 seconds remaining, the Wildcats trailed by four points and Pierz had possession of the ball in the Section 6AA-East semifinals.

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But Brandon Zylstra came up with a steal and Jayme Moten hit a pair of free throws to make it 74-72. Pierz was then fouled at the other end, but missed both free shots. The Wildcats missed a three-point attempt for the lead, but maintained possession with 3.3 seconds left. On an out-of-bounds play, Zylstra scored on a layup at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

In the extra session, Dallen O'Brien scored the first basket on a layup and Moten also made a layup to give the Wildcats a four-point cushion. They never trailed after that.

Moten paced the Wildcats with 22 points and four steals. Zylstra and Nathan Olson finished with 14 points each, Joey Dreier had 10 points, Austin Cuka nine and O'Brien and Aaron Ruter eight apiece. Olson also led with seven rebounds.

NLS (19-8) will now play Melrose (15-12) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's in the 6AA-East final.

Brandon Meyer had 29 points for Pierz (14-14). Caleb Janson notched 15 points and 25 rebounds.

NLS 85, Pierz 82

NL-Spicer (19-8) 36 38 11 -- 85

Pierz (14-14) 43 31 8 -- 82

NEW LONDON-SPICER - 27-67 FG (10-29 3-pt); 21-31 FT; 41 rebounds; 20 fouls ... Scoring: Brandon Zylstra 14, Austin Cuka 9, Jayme Moten 22, Dallen O'Brien 8, Nathan Olson 14, Joey Dreier 10, Aaron Ruter 8 ... 3-point shots: Cuka 1, Moten 3, O'Brien 1, Olson 2, Dreier 2, Ruter 1 ... Rebound leaders: Olson 7, Zylstra 6, O'Brien 5 ... Assist leader: Ruter 5 ... Steal leaders: Moten 4, Ruter 4

PIERZ - 32-74 FG (6-15 3-pt); 12-21 FT; 54 rebounds; 22 fouls ... Scoring: Preston Weber 11, Caleb Janson 15, Brandon Meyer 29, Andy Leidenfrost 19, Austen Marschel 8 ... 3-point shots: Meyer 5, Janson 1 ... Rebound leader: Janson 25, Leidenfrost 8 ... Assist leaders: Weber 6, Meyer 5 ... Steal leaders: no leader

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