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Boys basketball: Jags upend Kimball in 5A-South

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa’s Billy Borgerding looks for two going against Kimball’s Jarred Merchant in the first half of their Section 5A-South championship game Tuesday at Little Falls.

LITTLE FALLS — A nine-point run to end the first half sparked the BBE boys basketball team and the Jaguars rolled into the Section 5A championship game with a 70-43 win over Kimball on Tuesday at Little Falls High School.

The teams were tied at 25 but Trey Heinsius tipped in a shot at the buzzer to cap the 9-0 run that put the Jaguars up 34-25.

“That really got us going in the second half,” said BBE head coach Dave Montbriand. “After that, we wore them down.”

Brian Goodwin led the Jags with 24 points and 5 assists, Tanner Heinsius scored 16 points and Trey Heinsius finished with 15 points. Billy Borgerding scored 4 points and had 5 rebounds and 5 steals.

The Jaguars (27-1) will now play Browerville (21-5), the North champion, Friday at 7 p.m. in the section title game at Crosby-Ironton High School in Crosby. BBE beat Browerville 87-62 on Jan. 25 in Belgrade.

The win Tuesday brought the BBE record the last four seasons to 117-4. One of those losses was in the 2011 Class A championship game and the other this past December to Class AAAA defending champion Apple Valley.

Since going 13-14 and losing to Paynesville in the postseason opener in 2008, Montbriand’s teams have not failed to win at least 24 games in a season with a high of 33-0 in 2011-12.  Those six teams have a combined 166 victories against 13 losses.

BBE beat Kimball twice during Central Minnesota Conference play by a combined 80 points, including a 90-36 thrashing in the regular-season finale.

BBE 70, Kimball 43

Kimball (16-11)  25 18 — 43

BBE (27-1)           34 36 — 70

KIMBALL – 18-36 FG (2-8 3-pt); 5-5 FT; 19 rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring: Mathias Hennen 7, Joey Von Wahlde 11, Cameron Hunt 11, Ben Serbus 2, Will Spaulding 6, Jarred Merchant 13 … 3-point shots: Hennen 1 Von Wahlde 1 … Rebound leaders: Von Wahlde 7, Merchant 6 … Assist leaders: Hunt 3 … Steal leaders: None

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA – 26-54 FG (6-17 3-pt); 12-16 FT; 28 rebounds; 9 fouls … Scoring: Tanner Heinsius 16, Trey Heinsius 15, Brian Goodwin 24, James Kuefler 6, Billy Borgerding 4, Nick Benton 5 … 3-point shots: Tanner Heinsius 2, Goodwin 3, Trey Heinsius 1 … Rebound leaders: Borgerding 5, Trey Heinsius 5 … Assist leaders: Goodwin 5, Tanner Heinsius 3 … Steal leaders: Borgerding 5