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Boys Basketball: Leese's hot hand triggers MACCRAY win over CMCS

CLARA CITY -- Matt Leese missed only one shot in the second half and scored 21 points to help MACCRAY fend off Central Minnesota Christian 78-64 in a Camden Conference game Thursday.

CLARA CITY -- Matt Leese missed only one shot in the second half and scored 21 points to help MACCRAY fend off Central Minnesota Christian 78-64 in a Camden Conference game Thursday.

Leese was 7-for-8 from the field in the final 18 minutes and 10-for-15 overall. The Wolverines, who owned a slim 30-28 lead at halftime, also got 15 points from Ben Perry, 14 from Zach Thissen and 13 from Justin Koenen, who also piled up 11 assists and eight rebounds.

CMCS had three players score in double figures with Andy Groen leading the way with 17 points. Derrick Bulthuis followed with 15 and Mike Schwitters 13. Jordan Zondervan hooked a game-high 12 rebounds with Schwitters grabbing 11 more.

MACCRAY 78, CMCS 64

CMCS (0-2, 0-5) 28 36 -- 64

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MACCRAY (2-0, 3-1) 30 48 -- 78

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - 26-63 FG (4-14 3 pt); 8-12 FT; 35 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Jordan Zondervan 7, Jake Leenstra 6, Jacob Wieberdink 3, Derrick Bulthuis 15, Andy Groen 17, Mike Schwitters 13, Nic Brower 3 ... 3-point shots: Leenstra 2, Wieberdink 1, Brower 1 ... Rebound leaders: Zondervan 12, Schwitters 11 ... Assist leader: Bulthuis 4 ... Steal leader: Brower 2

MACCRAY - 32-66 FG (7-14 3 pt); 7-15 FT; 27 rebounds; 10 fouls ... Scoring: Zach Thissen 14, Justin Koenen 13, Ben Perry 15, Matt Leese 21, Dan Ammermann 1, Austin Hinrichs 4, Cody Haas 5, Justin Tammen 5 ... 3-point shots: Perry 4, Thissen 1, Koenen 1, Haas 1 ... Rebound leaders: Koenen 8, Tammen 5 ... Assist leader: Koenen 11 ... Steal leaders: Perry 4, Koenen 3

West Central North

Paynesville 86, Albany 49

Four players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs in their conference opener, led by Cory Nietfeld with 30. He posted a double-double with 11 rebounds.

Colin Spooner followed with 18, Ben Moser had 15 and Nathan Nietfeld 11 as Paynesville dominated the second half over Albany, 53-17.

Albany (0-2, 0-4) 32 17 -- 49

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Paynesville (1-0, 3-0) 33 53 -- 86

ALBANY - 20 FG (5 3 pt); 4-9 FT; 22 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Drew Kierzek 6, Kevin Young 5, Ian Hofforth 3, Cole Schiffler 10, Cory Voss 2, Justin Voss 8, Kurt Overman 6, Matt Evans 4, Robbie Stiller 5 ... 3-point shots: Kierzek 2, Young 1, Hofforth 1, Schiffler 1 ... Rebound, assist and steal leaders not available

PAYNESVILLE - 27 FG (6 3 pt); 14-21 FT; 28 rebounds; 18 fouls ... Scoring: Colin Spooner 18, Ben Moser 15, Elliott Wall 4, Cory Nietfeld 30, Nathan Nietfeld 11, Shane Kampsen 5, Ted Hoffman 3 ... 3-point shots: Spooner 2, Moser 1, C. Nietfeld 1, Kampsen 1, Hoffman 1 ... Rebound leaders: C. Nietfeld 11 ... Assist leaders: Hoffman 5, N. Nietfeld 4, C. Nietfeld 4 ... Steal leaders: C. Nietfeld 4, Wall 3

Non-Conference LQPV 67, Ortonville 61

The Eagles (1-1) dominated the boards, pulling down 42 rebounds and shot 49 percent (26 of 53) from the field, but didn't take the lead until the last 4Β½ minutes of the game.

LQPV's Matt Enger led all scorers with 22 points. Jamison Siegert added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Caleb DuFrane followed with 11 points and eight boards.

Ortonville 26 35 -- 61

LQPV (1-1) 23 44 -- 67

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ORTONVILLE - 22-53 FG (6-17 3 pt); 11-18 FT; 21 rebounds; 23 fouls ... Scoring: Andrew Treinen 2, Travis Rademacher 15, Ramsey Roscoe 12, Zach Larson 10, Bryant Zahrbock 3, Nathan Scherer 4, Ashton Conroy 15 ... 3-point shots: Rademacher 4, Scherer 1, Conroy 1 ... Rebound leaders: Conroy 6 ... Assist leaders: Rademacher 3, Zahrbock 3 ... Steal leaders: Roscoe 4

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - 26-53 FG (4-11 3 pt); 11-26 FT; 42 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Matt Enger 22, Ryan Sigdahl 3, Kyle Wengler 3, Phillip Rotunda 7, James Brehmer 6, Jamison Siegert 15, Caleb DuFrane 11 ... 3-point shots: Enger 3, Wengler 1 ... Rebound leaders: Siegert 10, DuFrane 8, Enger 8 ... Assist leaders: Sigdahl 5 ... Steal leaders: not available

Sauk Centre 66, BBE 43

Brent Egan netted a game-high 27 points to become Sauk Centre's all-time leading scorer.

Jared McCleary had 10 points and Alex Thompson grabbed seven rebounds to pace Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (1-3).

BBE (1-3) 23 20 -- 43

Sauk Centre (3-1) 33 33 -- 66

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - 15 FG (0 3 pt); 13-22 FT; rebounds not available; 22 fouls ... Scoring: Jordan Beier 3, Steve Gruber 2, Mike Rodgers 7, Dustin Gruber 3, Jackson Illies 2, Alex Thompson 6, Isaac Anderson 2, Josh Roelike 8, Jared McCleary 10 ... 3-point shots: none ... Rebound leader: Thompson 7 ... Assist leaders: not available ... Steal leaders: not available

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SAUK CENTRE - 24 FG (3 3 pt); 15-26 FT; rebounds not available; 24 fouls ... Scoring: Matt Bushard 7, Lucas Odegard 8, Kevin Harkoff 1, Jake Berling 4, Matt Skorheim 3, Greg Welle 10, Brent Egan 27, Grant Weller 4, Matt Hoeschen 2 ... 3-point shots: not available ... Rebound leaders: Egan 6, Bushard 5, Welle 5 ... Assist leaders: Egan 4, Welle 4 ... Steal leaders: Berling 5, Odegard 4, Welle 4

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