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Boys Basketball: Jaguars, Dragons prepare for state tourney

Tribune staff report

The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa boys basketball team, fresh off a dominating performance in winning its section championship, will open the Class A state tournament against Lakeview Christian Academy at 11 a.m. Thursday at Williams Arena.

The 2011 state runners-up are 30-0 and the top seed in the Class A draw. Lakeview is 25-5. The Lions, an independant, have one of the state's most spectacular players in junior Anders Broman. He is averaging about 45 points per game, is closing in on 4,000 career points and scored 71 points in February in a 114-110 loss to the Melrose Dutchmen.

Should BBE advance, the Jaguars would play the winner of Thursday's 1 p.m. game that features Mt. Lake/Butterfield-Odin and No. 4 seed Browerville (27-2).

In the other Class A games, Fosston (24-4) plays No. 2 seed Southwest Minnesota Christian Academy (26-1) at 3 p.m. Thursday. SWMC defeated Dawson-Boyd in the Section 3A final.

Prairie Seeds Academy (24-2) plays Rushford-Peterson (24-5), the No. 3 seed, at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Both the Class A and Class AA first round winners play semifinals games Friday, and both championship games are Saturday.

W-M gets rematch with Dragons

The Litchfield Dragons (24-4) make their first state tournament appearance in 10 years against a familiar adversary.

The Dragons, who got the No. 4 seed Sunday in the boys Class AA state tournament, will tip-off with Watertown-Mayer (28-2) at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Royals exited the Wright County only last year and played a non-conference game at Litchfield on Jan. 24 losing 63-50.

In the early game at the Target, unseeded Worthington (21-6) meets No. 1 seed Perham (27-2). Worthington lost to Perham 64-52 in a holiday tournament in Marshall but signs point to the Trojans being a different team later in the season when they crushed Redwood Valley for the 3AA title after losing twice to the Cardinals in the regular season.

In first-day matchups at Williams Arena, No. 2 St. Peter (28-1) plays Plainville-Elgin-Millville (24-6) and No. 3 Braham (29-1) meets St. Croix Lutheran (24-6).

The first round is one-and-done; Wednesday's winners advance to Friday's semifinals.