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Boys basketball roundup: Eagles take out Fighting Saints

KERKHOVEN -- An effective half-court press made the difference in Lac qui Parle Valley's 67-44 victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Friday. Led by Austin Haas' nine steals, the Eagles turned their thefts into several first-half baskets and a...

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KMS’ Brandin Dahl, left, drives the base against LQPV’s Connor Oie during the first half of a Camden Conference game on Friday in Kerkhoven. TRIBUNE / Tom Larson

KERKHOVEN - An effective half-court press made the difference in Lac qui Parle Valley’s 67-44 victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Friday.
Led by Austin Haas’ nine steals, the Eagles turned their thefts into several first-half baskets and a 21-point lead.
Three Eagles scored in double figures, led by Noah Jensen with 13 points. Haas finished with 12 and Garrett Olson had 11. Jensen also had six rebounds and Lucas Strand had eight points and four assists.
KMS’ Preston Mahlum scored a game-high 23 points and Josh Peterson had eight points and six assists. Taylor Feldman had nine rebounds and four steals.
The Saints play next at BBE at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Eagles are off until traveling to Renville County West on Friday.
LQPV 67, KMS 44
LQPV (2-0, 2-1) 41 26 - 67
KMS (0-2, 0-5) 20 24 - 44
LPQV
29-58 FG; 7-12 FT; 10 fouls … Scoring: Noah Jensen 13, Austin Haas 12, Garrett Olson 11, Kellen Kessler 9, Lucas Strand 8, Jon Nielsen 7, Jamison Warner 3, Connor Oie 2, Brandon Hill 2 … 3-point shots: Warner 1, Nielsen 1 … Rebound leader: Jensen 6 … Assist leader: Strand 4 … Steal leader: Haas 9
KMS
20-41 FG; 3-6 FT; 9 fouls … Scoring: Preston Mahlum 23, Josh Peterson 8, Tanner Rohner 5, Brandon Dahl 4, Ian Caldwell 2, Taylor Feldman 2 … 3-point shots: Rohner 1 … Rebound leader: Feldman 9 … Assist leader: Peterson 6 … Steal leader: Feldman 4
West Central
Paynesville 83, YME 71
Mitchell Weidner and Toby Flannigan racked up 25 points each for Paynesville, and the Bulldogs handed the Sting their first loss.
Hayden Hengel added 15 points, and Matt Quade scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Blake Lindstrom scored a game-high 32 points with nine boards for YME.
The Sting (1-1, 2-1) play Tuesday at home against ACGC, and Paynesville (1-2, 2-3) hosts BOLD on Tuesday.
YME (1-1, 2-1) 27 44 - 71
Paynesville (1-2, 2-3) 41 42 - 83
YME
23-60 FG; 22-29 FT; 24 fouls … Scoring: Grant Lalim 10, Jacob Guertin 8, Blake Lindstrom 32, Chase Richter 2, Garrett Schmitz 2, Blake Helgeson 2, Tyson Velde 13, Ted Sjurseth 2 … 3-point shots: Lindstrom 3 … Rebound leader: Lindstrom 9 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a
Paynesville
29-56 FG; 18-29 FT; 24 fouls … Scoring: Mitchell Weidner 25, Toby Flannigan 25, Alex Kranz 2, Hayden Hengel 15, Nic Reiman 2, Matt Quade 10, Travis Heiserich 4 … 3-point shots: Weidner 4, Flannigan 2, Hengel 1 … Rebound leader: Quade 16 … Assist leader: Quade 3 … Steal leader: Quade 2
Sauk Centre 80, Minnewaska 69
Austin VerSteeg’s solid all-around game that piled up 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals wasn’t enough for the Lakers.
Matthew Moritz was 4-for-4 on three-pointers, 8-for-11 from inside the arc and 4-for-5 at the free throw line to score a game-high 24 points for Sauk Centre (2-0, 3-1). Shariff Silas piled up 14 points and six rebounds, and Jay Friedrichs added 10 points for the Mainstreeters.
Riley Thompson led the Lakers with 22 points and Matt McIver netted another 10, but Minnewaska (1-2, 1-2) shot 35 percent from the floor and fell behind 46-32 at halftime.
Minnewaska (1-2, 1-2) 32 37 - 69
Sauk Centre (2-0, 3-1) 46 34 - 80
Minnewaska
20-58 FG; 22-33 FT; 21 fouls … Scoring: Michael Gruber 8, Riley Thompson 22, Justin Amundson 2, Matt McIver 10, Peter Frischmon 1, Greg Helander 2, Austin VerSteeg 19, Brandon French 5 … 3-point shots: Gruber 1, Thompson 3, McIver 2, VerSteeg 1 … Rebound leader: VerSteeg 8 … Assist leader: VerSteeg 6 … Steal leader: VerSteeg 4, McIver 3
Sauk Centre
28-50 FG; 17-23 FT; 22 fouls … Scoring: Austin Nelson 8, Matthew Moritz 24, Shariff Silas 14, Jay Friedrichs 10, Nick Wanderscheid 1, Carter Kranz 8, Cole Neubert 9, Tanner Tanner Schmiesing 6 … 3-point shots: Nelson 1, Moritz 4, Silas 2 … Rebound leader: Silas 6 … Assist leader: Kranz 5 … Steal leader: Nelson 2, Moritz 2
Melrose 65,
Montevideo 54
Melrose had nine players score as the Dutchmen secured a road win over Montevideo Friday in a physical West Central Conference game on that featured 44 foul calls.
Drake Meyer led the Dutchmen with 13 points and Tyler Braegelmann had 11 points and six rebounds.
Colton Meyer finished with seven points, nine rebounds and a pair of steals as the Dutchmen improved to 2-0 in the conference and overall.
Troy Diggins paced the Thunder Hawks with 18 points and he also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Spencer Hildahl finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
The T-Hawks play at Sauk Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Melrose (2-0, 2-0) 35 30 - 65
Montevideo (0-1, 1-1) 30 24 - 54
Melrose
24-46 FG; 10-18 FT; 20 fouls … Scoring: Ryan Thielen 7, Cesar Cervantes 6, Isaac Herkenhoff 7, Dylan Haider 3, Tyler Braegelmann 11, Drake Meyer 13, Zack Luetmer 4, Colton Meyer 7, Blake Gerads 6 … 3-point shots: Thielen 1, Cervantes 1, Haider 1, D.Meyer 2, Herkenhoff 1 … Rebound leader: C. Meyer 9, Braegelmann 6 … Assist leader: Haider 7 … Steal leader: C. Meyer 2, Herkenhoff 2
Montevideo
20-47 FG; 11-15 FT; 24 fouls … Scoring: Adam Kilibarda 6, Jimmy Haff 5, Isaac Douglas 3, Bryce Maurice 4, Riley Emery 4, Casey Reeves 2, Troy Diggins 18, Jake Knapper 2, Spencer Hildahl 10 … 3-point shots: Kilibarda 2, Haff 1 … Rebound leader: Diggins 8, Hildahl 6 … Assist leader: Diggins 4 … Steal leader: Diggins 2
Central Minn.
BBE 49, Kimball 47
It went down to the wire on Friday night as Jordan Wosmek sank two free throws with only seconds remaining to give the Jaguars a 49-47 victory over Kimball.
Tanner Heinsius powered BBE with 22 points and five steals. The game was close throughout as the visitors took the lead into halftime thanks in large part to center Jarred Merchant. He poured in 25 points on the game.
BBE will play an away game against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Tuesday.
Kimball (2-1) 24 23 - 47
BBE (1-1) 23 26 - 49
Kimball
n/a FG; 13-24 FT; 20 fouls … Scoring: Joey VonWahlde 8, Brandon Schiefelbein 3, Dunkin Westrich 6, Will Spaulding 5, Jarred Merchant 25 … 3-point shots: Schiefelbeinl 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
17-46 FG; 11-18 FT; 23 fouls … Scoring: Tanner Heinsius 22, Jacob Tensen 6, Austin Trustheim 5, Jake Fischer 2, Jordan Wosmek 11, Dalon Bitzan 3… 3-point shots: Tensen 2, Heinsius , Bitzan 1 … Rebound leader: Trustheim and Wosmek 6 … Assist leader: Heinsius 2, Zach Walz 2 … Steal leader: Heinsius 5
Tomahawk
Sleepy Eye 68, BLHS 64
It would take overtime for Sleepy Eye to notch its first victory of the season.
The Indians had four players reach double-digits in scoring to provide balanced scoring. The Mustangs were ahead by one going into half time but were hampered with committing 17 fouls.
Josh Swanson had a monstrous game with 25 points and 20 rebounds to keep the game competitive, but ultimately it would not be enough for BLHS.
The Mustangs will seek their first victory of the season on Monday as they have a home game against ACGC.
Sleepy Eye (1-4) 22 39 7 - 68
BLHS (0-4) 23 38 3 - 64
Sleepy Eye
26-72 FG; 5-14 FT; 9 fouls … Scoring: Ben Jakobitz 4, Ruben Astorga 1, Caleb Christensen 15, Saul Ibarra 17, Sam Tessmer 3, Isaiah Krumbach 12, Lane Trebesch 16 … 3-point shots: Christensen 4 … Rebound leader: Trebesch 10 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a
BLHS
26-69 FG; 3-6 FT; 17 fouls … Scoring: Brad Ebbers 8, Josh Swanson 25, Alex Girodat 5, Scott Buboltz 5, Tanner Edwards 11, Emmitt Diepold 4, Ricky Kalenberg 6 … 3-point shots: Swanson 5 … Rebound leader: Swanson 20 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a

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