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

COLD SPRING -- Willmar scored the first five points of the second half against Central Lakes Conference leading Rocori Tuesday, then was held to 15 points the rest of the way in a 77-52 boys basketball loss.

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The win moves the Spartans (9-0, 13-2) closer to a 10th CLC title under head coach Bob Brink, who has been with the program since 1969. Rocori joined the CLC for the 1988-89 season.

Willmar (6-3, 12-4) trailed 36-32 at halftime, then opened the final 18 minutes with a Taylor Filipek three-pointer and another basket to take a 37-36 lead.

Then Rocori stepped up the intensity, and the Cardinals struggled to get anything done.

"It was like there was a lid on the basket," said Willmar coach Steve Grove.

The Spartans got hot from three-point range, including three treys from Ben Rausch, who led Rocori with 20 points.

Shooting 61 percent from the floor (26 of 43) for the game, the Spartans scored 41 second-half points. They were 8-for-11 shooting from beyond the arc.

In contrast, Willmar shot 43 percent (21 of 49) from the floor and attempted just six free throws. Rocori made 17 of 23.

"They were more aggressive defensively and offensively," Grove said.

Willmar rose to the challenge in the first half with Filipek out of action for about eight minutes of the first half with two fouls. Andrew Bangen, who finished with eight points, and Brian Reeves -- a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds -- worked hard to keep the Cardinals close.

Anthony Berg added 15 points and Scott Willenbring had 14 for Rocori.

Rocori 77, Willmar 52

Willmar (6-3, 12-4) 32 20 -- 52

Rocori (9-0, 13-2) 36 41 -- 77

WILLMAR - 21-49 FG (4-12 3-pt); 3-6 FT; 24 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Mark Dunham 2, Jimmy Unger 6, Andrew Bangen 8, Brian Reeves 22, Sam Esboldt 2, Taylor Filipek 10, Jacob Damhof 10 ... 3-point shots: Bangen 2, Unger 1, Filipek 1 ... Rebound leaders: Reeves 11 ... Assist leaders: none ... Steal leaders: none

ROCORI - 26-43 FG (8-11 3-pt); 17-23 FT; 23 rebounds; 12 fouls ... Scoring: Anthony Berg 15, Zach Henkemeier 9, Ben Rausch 20, Nate Meyer 11, Jonah Eisenschenk 4, Brett Eisenschenk 3, Spencer Schulte 1, Scott Willenbring 14 ... 3-point shots: Berg 1, Henkemeier 1, Meyer 1, B.Eisenschenk 1, Willenbring 1, Rausch 3 ... Rebound, assist, steal leaders not available

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