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Boys Basketball: Willmar still unbeaten after road win

Willmar's Jake Evans gets a shot over the outstretched arm of Alexandria's Justin Balcome during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game in Alexandria. Eric Morken / Forum News Service1 / 2
Willmar's junior forward Ryan Slette drives into the lane with Alexandria's Jared Schneider on his hip in the first half on Tuesday night. Slette had 14 points to help Willmar win its 15th straight game to start this season. Eric Morken / Forum News Service2 / 2

ALEXANDRIA — The Willmar boys basketball team battled their Cardinal foes from Alexandria in their quest for perfection Tuesday night and used a powerful offensive effort to take an 82-73 win.

Noah Slagter scored 27 points to lead the visiting Willmar team, pulling in eight rebounds to help the cause. Ty Roelofs, Ryan Slette, and Drey Dirksen all each finished with double-digit scores as well. Dirksen finished with the lone double-double for Willmar, adding 11 rebounds to his 11-point game. Roelofs finished just shy with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Willmar faced a tough opponent in Alexandria, spearheaded by Justin Balcome. Balcome led all scorers with 29 points and 14 rebounds.

Willmar, now 15-0, will head home for a visit from Sartell Friday night.

Willmar 82, Alexandria 73

Willmar (15-0) 36 46 — 82

Alexandria (8-5) 35 38 — 73

WILLMAR - Scoring: Noah Slagter 27, Ty Roelofs 14, Ryan Slette 14, Drey Dirksen 11, Noah Getz 7, Cameron Murphy 4, Jake Evans 3, Donald Jurek 2 ... 3-point shots: Slagter 2, Roelofs 1, Slette 3, Dirksen 2 ... Rebound leader: Dirksen 11, Roelofs 9, Slagter 8 ... Assist leader: Slagter 4, Roelofs 4, Dirksen 4 ... Steal leader: Jurek 4, Slagter 3

ALEXANDRIA - Scoring: Justin Balcome 29, Trey Hoepner 19, Jared Schneider 19, Bryce Ludwig 3, Michael Empting 2, Michael Kuhn 1 ... 3-point shots: Balcome 5, Hoepner 2, Schneider 1 ... Rebound leader: Balcome 14 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: Empting 3

NLS 53, Litchfield 40

New London-Spicer took a 35-11 halftime lead and held off a Litchfield comeback effort to get the Wright County Conference victory.

Brandon Adelman scored a game-high 20 points and added three assists to the Wildcat cause.

Litchfield (7-8) 11 29 — 40

NLS (7-7) 35 18 — 53

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Owen Boerema 8, Jordan Green 4, Alex Gruenke 9, Tyson Michels 6, Joe Pennertz 2, Jake Schneider 11 ... 3-point shots: Boerema 1, Gruenke 1, Michels 2 ... Rebound leader: Boerema 8, Pennertz 5 ... Assist leader: Gruenke 3 ... Steal leader: Michels 2

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Brandon Adelman 20, Ander Arnold 14, Brandyn Harlow 2, Jon Kaelke 3, Caleb Maxwell 2, Tristan Thompson 9, Ryan Wyganowski 3 ... 3-point shots: Adelman 1, Arnold 2, Kaelke 1, Thompson 1 ... Rebound leader: Maxwell 5, Jake Schmidt 5, Thompson 5, Arnold 5, Harlow 5 ... Assist leader: Adelman 3 ... Steal leader: Adelman 2

Morris/CA 69, ACGC 53

Morris/Chokio-Alberta picked up its seventh win in a row by downing ACGC on Tuesday night.

Tate Nelson scored 18 points while Camden Arndt and Jaret Johnson had 17 points each to round out the Tigers leaders.

Dawson Miller had 19 points to lead the Falcons.

Morris/CA (9-7) 44 25 — 69

ACGC (6-8) 19 34 — 53

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Tyler Reimers 4, Mace Yellow 1, Kyle Staebler 2, Camden Arndt 17, Connor Koebernick 4, Jackson Loge 6, Tate Nelson 18, Jaret Johnson 17 ... 3-point shots: Arndt 1, Nelson 4, Johnson 1 ... Rebound leader: Arndt 6, Nelson 6, Johnson 5 ... Assist leader: Koebernick 5, Arndt 4, Johnson 5 ... Steal leader: Johnson 4, Koebernick 3, Nelson 3

ACGC - Scoring: Josh Kinzler 7, Noah Cunningham 2, Kobe Holtz 3, Brayden Hedtke 3, Jaren Kaddatz 7, Dawson Miller 19, Steven Lawver 8, Michael Lambert 4 ... 3-point shots: Kinzler 1, Hedtke 1, Miller 2 ... Rebound leader: Lambert 4, Jordan Schumacher 4 ... Assist leader: Holtz 2, Kaddatz 2 ... Steal leader: Schumacher 3, Miller 2, Kinzler 2

Melrose 64, Benson 27

Hunter Gonnerman scored 12 points as Benson fell to Melrose.

Melrose's Damon Van Beck went 5-for-8 from distance on the way to a game-high 21 points.

Melrose (15-1) 31 33 — 64

Benson (0-15) 10 17 — 27

MELROSE - Scoring: Traeton Keaveny 6, Tanner Roske 2, Reegan Nelson 16, Damon Van Beck 21, John Brang 2, Preston Keaveny 8, Rowan Nelson 9 ... 3-point shots: T Keaveny 2, Van Beck 5, P keaveny 1, Ro Nelson 1 ... Rebound leader: Re Nelson 4, Van Beck 4, Daniel Klassen 5 ... Assist leader: P Keaveny 5, Re Nelson 4 ... Steal leader: T Keaveny 3, P Keaveny 3

BENSON - Scoring: Austin Ose 5, Will Enderson 8, Hunter Gonnerman 12, Jonas Habben 2 ... 3-point shots: Enderson 2, Ose 1 ... Rebound leader: Layton Connolly 3, Gonnerman 3, Habben 3 ... Assist leader: Ose 2 ... Steal leader: Gonnerman 2

Minnewaska 65, Montevideo 44

Minnewaska improved to 11-5 with a win over Montevideo on Tuesday night.

Matt Gruber led all scorers with 15 points for the Lakers while Jack Blevins had 12 points and six rebounds.

Adam Root led the Thunder Hawks with 14 points.

Montevideo (1-13) 21 23 — 44

Minnewaska (11-5) 31 34 — 65

MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Trent Dreyer 2, Christian Riley 4, Adam Root 14, Jackson Snell 6, Josh Kinman 3, Isaac Hoogeveen 2, Cole Sandven 9, Josh Tastad 2, Henry Strunc 2 ... 3-point shots: Root 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Aanan Schlief 2, Jackson Johnsrud 4, Jack Blevins 12, Ryan Christianson 8, Grant Jensen 9, Evan Palmer 3, Luke Barkeim 2, Jaeger Jergenson 1, Matthew Gruber 15, Garrett Jensen 7, Shawn Carsten 2 ... 3-point shots: Blevins 1, Christianson 2, Palmer 1, Gruber 2 ... Rebound leader: Johnsrud 6, Blevins 6, Carsten 6 ... Assist leader: Johnsrud 5 ... Steal leader: Ga Jensen 2, Barkeim 2

BOLD 80, Sauk Centre 61

BOLD's Gavin Vosika tallied a quadruple-double as the Warriors cruised to a win over Sauk Centre.

Vosika scored 14 points and added 12 rebounds, 13 assists, and 10 steals to complete the quadruple-double. Jordan Sagedahl led all scorers with 18 points and Carter Henry had himself a night with a double-double of his own with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

BOLD (13-4) 34 46 — 80

Sauk Centre (9-6) 26 35 — 61

BOLD - Scoring: Drew Sagedahl 7, Gavin Vosika 14, Jordan Sagedahl 18, Devin Gluesing 7, James Woelfel 4, Carter Henry 14, Dawson Vosika 3, Karl Kosak 3, Tony Mack 10 ... 3-point shots: D Sagedahl 1, G Vosika 2, J Sagedahl 2, Gluesing 1, Mack 2 ... Rebound leader: G Vosika 12, Henry 11 ... Assist leader: G Vosika 13 ... Steal leader: G Vosika 10

SAUK CENTRE - Scoring: Steven Namvar 11, Matt Traeger 10, Danny Karl 2, Casey Schirmers 11, Logan Suelflow 3, Jacob Jennissen 10, Alex Kowski 4, Cade Neubert 10 ... 3-point shots: Schirmers 1, Suelflow 1 ... Rebound leader: Jennissen 10 ... Assist leader: Traeger 4 ... Steal leader: Four players with one

Hancock 72, LQPV 54

Hancock put Lac qui Parle Valley away with a big first half on Tuesday night to improve to 12-1.

The Owls, led by Noah Kannegiesser's 38 points, led 47-13 at halftime and still won by 18 despite being outscored by 16 in the second half.

Isaac Gerdes led the Eagles with 20 points.

Hancock (12-1) 47 25 — 71

LQPV (9-10) 13 41 — 54

HANCOCK - Scoring: Noah Kannegiesser 38, Cole Reese 5, Connor Reese 10, Bennett Nienhaus 4, Daniel Milander 2, Kaleb Koehl 8, Peyton Rohloff 5 ... 3-point shots: Kannegiesser 5 ... Rebound leader: Koehl 7, Rohloff 6, Kannegiesser 6 ... Assist leader: Kannegiesser 5 ... Steal leader: Kannegiesser 2, Nienhaus 2, Con Reese 2

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Austin Bonn 6, Caden Bjornjeld 9, Isaac Gerdes 20, Evan Hegland 5, Ross Olson 4, Braiden Kittelson 6, Tucker Droogsma 2, Thomas Daniels 2 ... 3-point shots: Bonn 1, Gerdes 1, Hegland 1 ... Rebound leader: Kittelson 7, Olson 6 ... Assist leader: Bonn 3 ... Steal leader: Bonn 4

KMS 67, CGB 59

Ethan Hauge scored 23 points and pulled in 13 rebounds to guide KMS past Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley.

The Saints outscored their opponents in both halves and slowed down a CGB team that featured four double-digit scorers.

KMS (8-7) 36 31 — 67

CGB (2-10) 32 27 — 59

KMS - Scoring: Alex Call 6, Isaac Call 6, Weston Gjerde 5, Regan Carlson 7, Ethan Hauge 23, Brandon Rasmusson 6, Josh Peterson 14 ... 3-point shots: A Call 2, Gjerde 1, Carlson 1 ... Rebound leader: Hauge 13 ... Assist leader: Gjerde 6 ... Steal leader: Gjerde 5, Peterson 5

CLINTON-GRACEVILLE-BEARDSLEY - Scoring: Caleb Cardwell 13, Bryce Hoffmann 12, Nate Moberg 5, Casey Nilson 10, Sam Adelman 17, Austin Kipp 2 ... 3-point shots: Cardwell 1, Hoffmann 1, Moberg 1, Adelman 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

BLHS 87, SESM 73

Trent Weispfennig hit eight 3-pointers on the way to a 32-point game and a win against Sleepy Eye-St. Mary's.

The Mustangs scored 49 points in the second half and spread the scoring between eight different players.

BLHS (5-8) 38 49 — 87

SESM (0-14) 31 42 — 73

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Judsen Watkins 6, Elijah Stifter 13, Nathan Schultz 3, Dane Daak 11, Conner Hettinger 4, Trent Weispfennig 32, Stefan Johnson 4, Payton Diepold 14 ... 3-point shots: Stifter 1, Daak 2, Weispfennig 8 ... Rebound leader: Diepold 11, Weispfennig 8 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

SLEEPY EYE-ST. MARY'S - Scoring: Nick Labat 21, Blake Steffensmeier 8, Carter Currans 8, Brandon Wait 10, Dalton Meyer 12, Kyle Goblisch 8, Collin Ludwig 6... 3-point shots: Labat 2, Steffensmeier 2, Currans 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

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