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Taylor Filipek, center, of Willmar applies defensive pressure in the first half to Kevin Clancy of New Ulm as Clancy tries to push the ball upcourt Tuesday at Willmar. Closing in on the play is Willmar's Brian Reeves. Tribune photo by Jesse Fuchs

Willmar avoids upset in opener


WILLMAR -- The underdog Eagles of New Ulm gave Willmar a surprise test Tuesday as the Cardinals held on to collect a 63-57 win in the quarterfinals of the Section 2AAA playoffs in boys basketball.

The No. 2-seeded Cardinals (18-9), who will host No. 3 Mankato West (17-8) Saturday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals, relied on their defense to advance as their offense missed some close-range looks and shot 46 percent from the field.

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Jesse Fuchs
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