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Boys Basketball: 'Jacks top MACCRAY

Curt Hogg / Tribune Dawson-Boyd guard Colton Husby drives to the rim during the first half against MACCRAY on Friday night in Clara City. The Blackjacks won, 80-65. 1 / 3
Curt Hogg / Tribune Dawson Boyd's Eli Weber and MACCRAY's Brady Madsen sky for a rebound during the first half on Friday night in Clara City. 2 / 3
Curt Hogg / Tribune MACCRAY's Braden Hoekstra tries to handle the loose ball between JaKwan Horton and Eli Weber of Dawson-Boyd on Friday night in Clara City. 3 / 3

CLARA CITY — It just took Dawson-Boyd a little bit of time to get going against MACCRAY on Friday night, as the Blackjacks flipped the cards in the second half en route to a 80-65 win over the Wolverines.

A back-and-forth contest in both pace and score turned quickly as a collection of Dawson-Boyd runs put the game out of reach over the final 18 minutes.

Alex Swenson scored 21 points and Bentley Boike scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half to lead the Blackjacks, who trailed 35-32 at halftime.

Dawson-Boyd motored off a 22-9 run early in the second half to gain a 54-46 lead, but Brady Madsen—as he did all night—put forth a strong effort to keep the Wolverines alive. Madsen, who scored a game-high 26 points and hit five 3-pointers, rattled off the next five points to cut the lead down to three points with just over eight minutes to play.

That was the last time that the game would be that close.

Boike scored back-to-back baskets to kick off a 10-0 Blackjacks run for their first double-digit lead of the game. That lead expanded up to 17 points with five minutes remaining, and MACCRAY could not claw back from there.

Jackson Grussing, who scored his 1,000th career point earlier in the week, added 17 points for the Wolverines.

With the win, Dawson-Boyd jumped MACCRAY for second place in the Camden Conference North division. The division winner is Central Minnesota Christian, which went undefeated in conference play this season and will take on Russell-Tyler-Ruthon on Monday night in the conference championship.

In the opening minutes, the game had a shootout feel to it. The Wolverines jumped out to a 18-10 lead in the first five minutes behind 12 points from a red-hot Madsen, but the Blackjacks had an answer.

Dawson-Boyd used a 7-0 run to take the lead at 22-20 and the teams traded blows from there heading into the half.

The Wolverines' regular season came to a close with an 11-11 record. Dawson-Boyd finishes out its regular season with a game against Yellow Medicine East at home on Tuesday night.


DB (14-9) 32 48 — 80

MACCRAY (11-11) 35 30 — 65

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Eli Weber 8, Alex Swenson 21, Joe Anyasike 2, Bentley Boike 19, Colton Husby 5, JaKwan Horton 15, Seth Stratmoen 8 ... 3-point shots: Horton 3, Swenson 3 ... Rebound leader: Weber 8, Swenson 8, Boike 8, Husby 8 ... Assist leader: Weber 4 ... Steal leader:Horton 2

MACCRAY - Scoring: Brady Madsen 26, Jackson Grussing 17, Brett Harguth 5, Dylan Dirksen 2, Thomas Kirking 2, Colton Swart 9, Braden Hoekstra 4 ... 3-point shots: Madsen 5, Harguth 1, Swart 1 ... Rebound leader: Hoekstra 7 ... Assist leader: Madsen 5 ... Steal leader: Grussing 3

Curt Hogg

Curt Hogg is a sports reporter at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016.