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Boys Basketball: No. 1 Jaguars outrun Arrows to stay perfect

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's 6-foot-4 senior guard Kirby Montbriand fires from the side in the first half before a full house at the gym in Brooten on Monday night. Montbriand finished with 19 points in the top-ranked Jaguars' 78-49 win over Section 6A rival Ashby. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Tribune Staff Report

BROOTEN -- Ashby made a run at the Jaguars Monday night but then Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa decided to outfly the Arrows 78-49 in a Brooten gym filled to capacity.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and the visitors exchanged baskets until the 6-minute mark of the first half.

Ashby had several one-point leads along the way and trailed 24-23 at the 5:50 mark.

At that point, the home team down shifted and left the Arrows in the dust.

A 21-0 BBE run didn't end until 4 seconds were left on the first-half clock when the Arrows' 6-foot-11 center Riley Mickelson was able to score.

The No. 1 Jaguars go to 24-0 with Pierz up today, road conditions permitting.

Ashby, which is a sub-section foe for BBE, lost only the third time in 22 games.

The Jaguars fired off 44 first-half shots, making 20.

By the final horn, stats showed a 46-22 BBE advantage in collecting caroms.

BBE's tall backcourt tandem of 6-4 Kirby Montbriand, the off guard, and 6-3 point guard Brian Goodwin each scored 19 points and 6-7 center Connor Goodwin supplied 16 points and 12 rebounds.

James Kuefler and Billy Borgerding, who go 6-4 and 6-6 respectively, combined for 17 points and 22 rebounds. Off the bench, Trey Heinsius kicked in 4 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Micklelson powered inside for 22 points and nabbed 11 rebounds.

Section 6A seeds Wednesday.

If the Pierz game is postponed, it will be played Saturday evening in Pierz, according to BBE coach Dave Montbriand.

The Jaguars are scheduled to end the season Friday hosting Holdingford, also a Central Minnesota Conference game.

BBE 78, Ashby 49

Ashby (19-3) 25 24 -- 49

BBE (24-0) 45 33 -- 78

ASHBY - 21-50 FG (2-12 3-pt); 5-12 FT; 22 rebounds; 11 fouls ... Scoring: JP Moe 4, Jon Quernemoen 8, Blake Ohren 8, Tanner Langlie 6, Jeff Berglund 1, Riley Mickelson 22 ... Rebound leaders: Mickelson 22... Assist leaders: Moe 3

BBE - 34-74 FG (3-16 3-pt); 7-12 FT; 46 rebounds; 14 fouls ... Scoring: Tanner Heinsius 1, Trey Heinsius 4, Brian Goodwin 19, James Kuefler 9, Billy Borgerding 8, Alex Schumann 2, Kirby Montbriand 19, Connor Goodwin 16 ... Rebound leaders: C. Goodwin 12, James Kuefler 12, Borgerding 10 ... Assist leaders: T. Heinsius 4, B. Goodwin 9 ... Steal leaders: T. Heinsius 3, B. Goodwin 5