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Willmar takes on No. 1 Mankato East on Saturday

The Willmar Cardinals boys basketball team will attempt to avenge a 90-71 loss to Mankato East in last year's 2AAA quarterfinals when they invade the Cougars' gym at 7 p.m. in today's semifinal round.

No. 4 seed Willmar is 18-8 and on a 3-game win streak while No. 1 East is 23-4 riding a 10-game surge.

No. 3 Marshall is at No. 2 Waconia in the other semifinal. The championship game is 7 p.m. Thursday at Minnesota State Mankato.