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Willmar's Jordan Smith (23) drives to the hoop in the second half, splitting Brainerd defenders Sam Feyder, left, and Mike Gervenak in the first half at Willmar Thursday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar tops Brainerd in home debut

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WILLMAR -- Down by three points at haltime, the Willmar Cardinals outscored Brainerd by 20 points the second half to claim a 62-45 Central Lakes Conference win in boys basketball on Thursday.

Willmar struggled over the first 15 minutes in its home debut before knocking a double-digit deficit down to 31-28 at intermission.

"The first half, the boys looked nervous in their first home game," said coach Steve Grove. "It was a good crowd and it took them a while to settle down."

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