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Lakers score 3AA victory in OT

WILLMAR — Minnewaska didn't need to lead for long in order to snag a 58-51 overtime victory in the Section 3AA tournament against Morris/Chokio-Alberta Thursday night at Willmar High School.

The Tigers led nearly from start-to-finish, holding a 12-11 lead in the opening seven minutes, only surrendering the lead once for fewer than 10 seconds prior to the game's final minute.

Minnewaska head coach Phil Johnsrud said his team often looks to seniors Matthew Gruber, Jackson Johnsrud and Garrett Jensen to carry the scoring load. Thursday night was Jensen's turn.

Jensen scored a game-high 27 points but it was his up-and-under layup with 25 seconds to play that tied the game for the Lakers to force an overtime.

"He was a fighter tonight," Phil Johnsrud said. "He's the type of guy you want in your foxhole and he just didn't give up tonight. We know that Gruber, Johnsrud, and Garrett Jensen, at least one of those guys will rise to the occasion."

Jensen's scoring prowess was the easy stat to point to at the end of the game but it was also the Laker defense that helped decide the game late. Minnewaska outscored the Tigers 21-7 over the last 5:15 and the overtime period. Morris/CA was held scoreless in overtime and the Lakers added seven points to earn the victory.

"It was not a great night for us, especially on offense, but we did a great job considering we went really small," Johnsrud said. "We kept settling for mediocre shots early on but we bounced back by not settling and getting things to the rim."

The Tigers took advantage of Minnewaska's shot selection early on, jumping out to a 25-22 halftime lead, thanks in part to Camden Arndt's 10 points. He scored 10 of the team's first 17 points, settling for 14 by the end of the game. Jackson Loge took over in the second half, scoring 10 of his team-high 18 points in the latter period.

The Lakers overcame early foul trouble as they hit the bonus 9:49 to play in the second half. From that point forward, however, the Tigers only managed 14 points.

"It's a big credit to Ryan Amundson," Johnsrud said about his junior guard. "He's not typically a scorer but he came off the bench and really stepped up by bring a bunch of energy. That helped our guys and made a big difference on defense."

Minnewaska will now head to the Section 3AA-North final against New London-Spicer. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday in Marshall. Johnsrud will again look to his seniors in what should be a tough battle.

"We really have a great group of guys, especially with our seniors," Johnsrud said. "It's like a big family. I mean, those guys have eaten more food from my house than I can even say. It's a special group.

Minnewaska 58, MCA 51 OT

MCA (13-14) 25 26 0 — 51

Minnewaska (19-7) 22 29 7 — 58

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Camden Arndt 14, Connor Koebernick 4, Tate Nelson 3, Jackson Loge 18, Jaret Johnson 12 ... 3-point shots: Arndt 2, Nelson 1, Johnson 1 ... Rebound leader: Loge 16, Johnson 5 ... Assist leader: Koebernick 6 ... Steal leader: Arndt 2, Nelson 2

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Jackson Johnsrud 7, Grant Jensen 5, Jaeger Jergenson 6, Matt Gruber 9, Garrett Jensen 27, Shawn Carsten 4 ... 3-point shots: Johnsrud 1, Gruber 1, Garrett Jensen 2 ... Rebound leader: Garrett Jensen 9, Johnsrud 8, 5 Jensen 7 ... Assist leader: Gruber 5 ... Steal leader: Johnsrud 2

NLS 82, RV 72

New London-Spicer led wire-to-wire in an overpowering performance against Redwood Valley Thursday night.

The Wildcats overcame early foul trouble from Brandon Adelman in an offensive explosion in the first half that created a big enough lead to hold off the Cardinals. Adelman didn't let a trio of early fouls stop him from getting his prescribed 20-plus points, though. He finished the game with 23 points in 23:22 of game time.

NLS jumped out to a 30-9 lead, following Adelman's lead with contributions from Tristan Thompson, Brandyn Harlow and Caleb Maxwell. Jake Schmidt helped ice the Cardinals with a strong second half as well in a full team effort for the Wildcats.

Thompson finished with 15 points for the Wildcats as Maxwell helped spell Adelman with eight points of his own. Harlow finished just one point shy of a double-double, tallying nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Cardinals battled in the second half to make things close, cutting it to a 10-point deficit with three minutes to play but they were never able to make up the difference, ultimately falling by as many points. Mitch Irlbeck and Cole Woodford shoulded most of the load for the Cardinals, combining for 51 points.

RV (13-14) 27 45 — 72

NLS (19-8) 44 38 — 82

REDWOOD VALLEY - Scoring: Deo Charles 5, Kyle Huhnerkoch 2, Mitch Irlbeck 26, Logan Josephson 6, Payton Nelson 8, Cole Woodford 25 ... 3-point shots: Irlbeck 1, Josephson 2, Nelson 2, Woodford 2 ... Rebound leader: Josephson 5, Irlbeck 4, Woodford 5 ... Assist leader: Huhnerkoch 2 ... Steal leader: Woodford 2

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Brandon Adelman 23, Ander Arnold 6, Brandyn Harlow 9, Jon Kaelke 5, Caleb Maxwell 8, Jake Schmidt 9, Tristan Thompson 15, Ryan Wyganowski 7 ... 3-point shots: Schmidt 3, Thompson 2, Wyganowski 1 ... Rebound leader: Harlow 10, Schmidt 6 ... Assist leader: Adelman 3, Wyganowski 5 ... Steal leader: Maxwell 4

Section 3A

Minneota 72, RCW 51

Minneota ended Renville County West's season in the Section 3A playoffs on Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall.

RCW's Justin Schrupp scored a game-high 26 points and Nathan Serbus had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

RCW (15-12) 28 23 — 51

Minneota (23-3) 33 39 — 72

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Riley Ashburn 5, Tony Froland 6, Jaden Kolker 4, Justin Schrupp 26, Nathan Serbus 10 ... 3-point shots: Ashburn 1, Schrupp 6 ... Rebound leader: Serbus 14, Ashburn 6, Kolker 6 ... Assist leader: Schrupp 3 ... Steal leader: Ashburn 1

MINNEOTA - Scoring: Nolan Boerboom 6, Isaac Hennen 10, Jacob Hennen 18, Thomas Hennen 21, Jared Josephson 9, Tristan Sorenson 5, Logan Sussner 3 ... 3-point shots: 21 Hennen 1, 15 Hennen 2, 11 Hennen 2, Josephson 3, Sorenson 1 ... Rebound leader: 11 Hennen 13 ... Assist leader: 11 Hennen 3 ... Steal leader: 11 Hennen 4

Lakeview 60, D-B 58

Lakeview defeated Dawson-Boyd in a Section 3A playoff game on Thursday in Dawson.

No other information about the game was provided.

Section 5AA

Litchfield 73, PA 59

Owen Boerema led the Dragons over Providence Academy with 31 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a Section 5AA playoff game on Thursday in Litchfield.

Litchfield's Logan Graphenteen and Alex Gruenke both scored 11 points.

The Dragons play Minneapolis North in the 5AA quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

Providence Ac. (11-15) 22 37 — 59

Litchfield (12-15) 37 36 — 73

PROVIDENCE ACADEMY - Scoring: Halek 4, Fafinski 5, Servais 15, Young 1, Blomberg 9, Marsh 6, Richelson 19 ... 3-point shots: Fafinski 1, Servais 3, Marsh 2, Richelson 2 ... Rebound leader: Richelson 7 ... Assist leader: Servais 4 ... Steal leader: Fafinski 3

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Logan Graphenteen 11, Alex Gruenke 11, Tyson Michels 8, Owen Boerema 31, Joe Pennertz 2, Josh Johnson 2, Jordan Green 2, Jake Schneider 4, Jack Osterberg 2 ... 3-point shots: Graphenteen 2, Gruenke 2, Michels 1, Boerema 2 ... Rebound leader: Boerema 9, Schneider 5 ... Assist leader: Boerema 4, Gruenke 3, Michels 3 ... Steal leader: Graphenteen 3

Section 5A

BBE 60, Onamia 27

BBE had no problem notching a win in the Section 5A playoffs on Thursday in Brooten.

BBE's Evan Wiener led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds. Parker Schwinghammer had 11 points and six boards and Evan Schwinghammer had 10 points.

The Jaguars play the winner of Thursday's Swanville and St. John's Prep game at 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

Onamia (8-16) 7 20 — 27

BBE (11-16) 25 35 — 60

ONAMIA - Scoring: Josh Parrow 9, Brandon Nickaboine 5, Brady Husom 1, Kyle Strecker 11, Alex Forberg-Manthe 1 ... 3-point shots: Parrow 1, Nickaboine 1, Strecker 2 ... Rebound leader: Parrow 7 ... Assist leader: Two with 1 ... Steal leader: Parrow 2

BBE - Scoring: Jaden Pastien 2, Dylan Meyer 3, James Jackson 2, Abe Peter 3, Evan Schwinghammer 10, Evan Wiener 14, Parker Schwinghammer 11, Ryan Illies 4, Ashton Dingmann 9, David Williams 2 ... 3-point shots: Meyer 1, Peter 1, Wiener 1, P. Schwinghammer 1, Dingmann 2 ... Rebound leader: Wiener 7, P. Schwinghammer 6, Illies 6 ... Assist leader: E. Schwinghammer 3 ... Steal leader: Wiener 3

Section 6A

Hancock 80, Ashby 54

Noah Kannegiesser kept his superb season going with 34 points and six rebounds in the Owls' Section 6A victory on Thursday in Hancock.

Hancock's Bennett Nienhaus had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Owls take on the winner of Thursday's game between Battle Lake and Brandon-Evansville at 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Ashby (7-18) 29 25 — 54

Hancock (23-2) 38 42 — 80

ASHBY - Scoring: Scott Johnson 19, Jaden Norby 14, Dakota Ecker 9, Jacob Rein 6, Noah Johnson 4, Ashton Ecker 2 ... 3-point shots: D. Ecker 3, S. Johnson 3 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

HANCOCK - Scoring: Noah Kannegiesser 34, Cole Reese 9, Bennett Nienhaus 10, Peyton Rohloff 6, Jordan Peterson 5, Connor Reese 4, Daniel Milander 6, Mason Schmidgall 2, Parker Schmidgall 2, Tyler Timmerman 2 ... 3-point shots: Kannegiesser 7, Cole Reese 1, Nienhaus 2 ... Rebound leader: Kannegiesser 6, Nienhaus 6 ... Assist leader: Nienhaus 4, Connor Reese 4 ... Steal leader: Nienhaus 3

Section 2A

BOLD 83, NUC 59

The Warriors advanced in the Section 2A playoffs with a win over New Ulm Cathedral on Thursday at St. Peter High School.

No other information about the game was provided.

BOLD plays Mayer Lutheran in the sub-section final at 6 p.m. Monday at Gustavus.

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