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Boys basketball: Jaguars head to state

Dave Wallis, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead Ada-Borup's Jace Hennen returns the ball around Brian Goodwin of Belgrade- Brooten-Elrosa during the Section 6A boys basketball championship game Friday night at Concordia College in Moorhead.

MOORHEAD -- Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa is headed to the Minnesota Class A state tournament a second straight year after a dominating 80-38 victory over Ada-Borup to win Section 6A on Friday at Concordia College in Moorhead.

The Jaguars (30-0) jumped out to a 32-7 lead at 8:30 in the first half and didn't look back.

"We just came out on fire," BBE head coach Dave Montbriand said. "Forced turnover after turnover and turned them into baskets."

Connor Goodwin's double-double paced the Jaguars with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

James Kuefler notched a double-double also with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Brian Goodwin added 16 points and Billy Borgerding had 11.

Montbriand attributed the fast start to nearly losing to Battle Lake in the sub-section final on Tuesday.

"I think that Battle Lake game was a good wake up call," he said. "We just let up a little bit ... It was a good lesson that we learned, and we really came out with the killer instinct."

BBE shot 51 percent from the field and was 25-for-32 from the line. They out-rebounded Ada-Borup 36 to 26.

The Jaguars will open the Class A tournament on Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

BBE 80, Ada-Borup 38

BBE (30-0) 53 27 -- 80

Ada-Borup (22-6) 23 15 -- 38

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - 27-52 FG (1-12 3-pt); 25-32 FT; 36 rebounds; 18 fouls ... Scoring: Trey Heinsius 6, Brian Goodwin 16, David Rodgers 2, Adam Heinze 4, James Kuefler 12, Billy Borgerding 11, Kirby Montbriand 5, Connor Goodwin 24 ... 3-point shots: Borgerding 1 ... Rebound leaders: Connor Goodwin 13, Kuefler 10 ... Assist leaders: Brian Goodwin 6, Heinsius 4, Kuefler 4 ... Steal leaders: Brian Goodwin 5, Connor Goodwin 5

ADA-BORUP - 13-40 FG (5-20 3-pt); 7-16 FT; 26 rebounds; 24 fouls ... Scoring: Jace Hennen 9, Max Peterson 3, JD Kappes 11, Lance Ruebke 7, Joel Merkens 4, Chase Hoven 1, Brian Blasey 3 ... 3-point shots: Hennen 2, Kappes 2, Peterson 1 ... Rebound leaders: Merkens 6 ... Assist leaders: Hennen 3 ... Steal leaders: none

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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