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Boys Basketball Roundup: Second-half comeback key to Minnewaska Lakers' win

'Waska beats ACGC 63-59 after trailing by 10 at halftime

GROVE CITY — The Minnewaska boys basketball team won for the eighth time in nine tries, but needed a strong second half to beat Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 63-59 Friday night.

The Lakers trailed 30-20 at halftime, but outscored the Falcons 43-29 in the final 18 minutes to capture their fifth straight win.

Grant Jensen and Aaron Ver Steeg each scored 18 points to lead the Falcons. Jensen added four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Ver Steeg had a team-high 11 rebounds.

Dawson Miller put up 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the hosts. Braeden Pickle and Shelby Shoen each scored 15 points.

Both teams finish their regular season at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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ACGC is host to Osakis. Minnewaska hits the road to face Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

West Central
Minnewaska 63,
ACGC 59

Minnewaska (17-6) 20 43 — 63
ACGC (11-14) 30 29 — 59
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Peyton Johnsrud 12, Grant Jensen 18, Sam Hested 3, Drew Nelson 2, Aaron Ver Steeg 18, Luke Barkeim 7, Damon Uhde 3 … 3-point shots: Johnsrud 1, Hested 1, Ver Steeg 2 … Rebound leader: Ver Steeg 11 … Assist leader: Jensen 4 … Steal leader: Jensen 4 ... Block leader: Brady Hoffman 2
ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - Scoring: Josh Kinzler 4, Shelby Shoen 15, Steven Lawver 8, Dawson Miller 17, Braeden Pickle 15 … 3-point shots: Pickle 1, Shoen 2 … Rebound leader: Miller 8, Lawver 6 … Assist leader: Lawver 5, Kinzler 4 … Steal leader: Pickle 4, Kinzler 4 ... Block leader: Kinzler 2

Melrose 78,
Benson 66

Benson has dropped four of its last five games after falling to Melrose on the road.

Melrose had five players score in double figures, led by Grant Moscho’s 16 points.

The Braves got 33 points from Cole Hedman, who made 10 three-pointers. Ben Peterson added 13 points for Benson.

Benson (15-11) 26 40 — 66
Melrose (19-6) 36 42 — 78
BENSON - Scoring: Abe Peterson 8, Sam Lenarz 2, Cole Hedman 33, Matt Laumeyer 2, Ben Peterson 13, Will Enderson 8 … 3-point shots: Hedman 10, B. Peterson 1, Enderson 1 … Rebound leader: A. Peterson 7 … Assist leader: Enderson 5 … Steal leader: Lenarz 2, Peterson 2 ... Block leader: Hedman 1
MELROSE - Scoring: Christian Orozco 3, Trevor Braegelmann 7, Sam Rieland 9, Zac Hinnenkamp 2, Brett Engelmeyer 13, Grant Moscho 16, Drew Ostendorf 1, Mason Heidgerken 11, Tyler Rademacher 2, Rowan Nelson 14 … 3-point shots: Orozco 1, Rieland 1, Engelmeyer 4, Moscho 2, Nelson 1 … Rebound leader: Nelson 6 … Assist leader: Moscho 2 … Steal leader: Nelson 2 ... Block leader: none

Morris/CA 71,
Montevideo 52

Morris/Chokio-Alberta big man Jackson Loge was virtually unguardable during his team’s win at Montevideo.

The sophomore center had 39 points on 12-for-20 shooting from the field and 15 of 19 from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds. Brandon Jergenson was the only other Tiger scorer in double figures with 13 points.

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Sam Olson had 12 points and three steals for the Thunder Hawks.

Both teams play on the road at 7:30 p.m. Monday to conclude the regular season. Morris/CA travels to Sisseton while Montevideo visits Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls.

Morris/CA (14-10) 36 35 — 71
Montevideo (0-24) 24 28 — 52
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA- Scoring: Durgin Decker 3, Jaden Maanum 3, Brandon Jergenson 13, Thomas Tiernan 4, Riley Reimers 2, Jackson Loge 39, Cameron Koebernick 1, Toby Gonnerman 2, Cade Fehr 2, Brock Peterson 2 … 3-point shots: Decker 1, Maanum 1 … Rebound leader: Loge 10 … Assist leader: Maanum 3 … Steal leader: Maanum 3, Tiernan 3 ... Block leader: Loge 1
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Sam Olson 12, Bradyn Schultz 10, Andrew VanBinsbergen 9, Kaden Boike 8, Cade Weber 8, Tyler McKee 3, Colby Buseman 2 … 3-point shots: Weber 2, Olson 1, Schultz 1, McKee 1 … Rebound leader: VanBinsbergen 5 … Assist leader: Boike 2 … Steal leader: Olson 3 ... Block leader: Buseman 3

Central Minnesota
EV-W 80,
Paynesville 63

Tenth-ranked (Class AA) Eden Valley-Watkins took care of Paynesville with a road victory.

The Eagles were led by Josh Streit’s 23 points, followed by Carson Geislinger’s 18, Adam Stommes’ 17 and Kobe Beattie’s 14.

The Bulldogs’ Corbin Froelich led all scorers with 29 points. Grady Fuchs followed up with 10.

Paynesville closes its regular season at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Maple Lake.

EV-W (23-1) 39 41 — 80
Paynesville (14-11) 28 35 — 63
EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS - Scoring: Kobe Beattie 14, Luke Jansen 8, Carson Geislinger 18, Josh Streit 23, Adam Stommes 17 … 3-point shots: N/A … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A… Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Grady Fuchs 10, Levi Bast 9, Chase Bayer 4, Corbin Froelich 29, Brendan Uhlenkamp 9, Mitchell Bertram 2 … 3-point shots: N/A … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A… Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

Wright County
NLS 55,
Dassel-Cokato 48

New London-Spicer snapped a 16-game losing streak following a seven-point road win against Dassel-Cokato.

Levi Streich led the Wildcats with 14 points. Tyler Danielson chipped in 13 points.

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Sanders Asplin had a game-high 28 points for the Chargers.

NLS (4-21) 24 31 — 55
Dassel-Cokato (5-17) 20 28 — 48
NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Levi Streich 14, Peyton Coahran 6, Wolzen Holland 4, Mason Toutges 9, Tyler Danielson 13, Jaden Zylstra 9 … 3-point shots: Streich 2, Coahran 2, Toutges 1, Danielson 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
DASSEL-COKATO - Scoring: Sanders Asplin 28, Cade Ortquist 3, Gaige Webb 3, Luke Woetzel 5, Solomon Jorgensen 9 … 3-point shots: Asplin 1, Webb 1, Woetzel 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

Non-conference
MACCRAY 66,
Cedar Mt. 55

A year after going 9-15, MACCRAY wrapped up the 2019-20 regular season with a 19-6 record after beating Cedar Mountain.

Blake Wadsworth led the charge for the Wolverines with 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Brady Kienitz (18) and Trenten Cavaness (13) also finished with double-digit points.

The No. 2 seed in the Section 3A-North tournament, MACCRAY faces the winner of No. 7 Minneota and No. 10 Yellow Medicine East at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 in Montevideo.

Cedar Mt. (12-14) 17 38 — 55
MACCRAY (19-6) 39 26 — 65
CEDAR MOUNTAIN - Stats not available
MACCRAY - Scoring: Brady Kienitz 18, Will Asche 3, Payton Kleinhuizen 2, Tommy Hoekstra 3, Blake Wadsworth 25, Ole Sandry 1, Trenten Cavaness 13 … 3-point shots: Kienitz 3, Asche 1, Hoekstra 1, Wadsworth 4, Cavaness 1 … Rebound leader: Wadsworth 7, Cavaness 7 … Assist leader: Asche 3, Wadsworth 3 … Steal leader: Kienitz 3, Wadsworth 3 ... Block leader: Wadsworth 2

BOLD 88,
YME 36

BOLD extended its winning streak to five games after a dominating road victory over Yellow Medicine East.

Thirteen players scored for the visitors. Gavin Vosika led the road team with 14 points. Matt Moorse added 13 points. Cole Visser and Blake Plass had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Sting and Warriors each host teams at 7:30 p.m. Monday in their regular-season finales. BOLD welcomes Sauk Centre. YME battles Montevideo.

BOLD (24-1) 54 34 — 88
YME (1-21) 17 19 — 36
BOLD - Scoring: Drew Sagedahl 3, Gavin Vosika 14, Blake Plass 10, Jordan Sagedahl 8, Trenton Ziesmer 2, Andrew Sheehan 8, Avery Herdina 2, Matt Moorse 13, Braeden Tersteeg 5, Cole Visser 11, Max Marks 5, Noah Boen 2, Aidan Elfering 5 … 3-point shots: Plass 1, Sheehan 1, Moorse 1, Visser 2, Marks 1 … Rebound leader: D. Sagedahl 7 … Assist leader: J. Sagedahl 5, Tersteeg 5 … Steal leader: Vosika 3 ... Block leader: Marks 1
YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Elliott Korstad 1, Kyle Chase 5, Carter Sneller 13, Tyler Syring 8, Isaac Jimenez 2, Cody Dahlager 4, Nikson Knapper 3 … 3-point shots: Chase 1, Knapper 1 … Rebound leader: Sneller 8 … Assist leader: Dahlager 4 … Steal leader: Three with 1 ... Block leader: Sneller 1

Parkers Prairie 66,
BBE 64 (OT)

Despite entering halftime halftime with a 38-30 lead, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa fell to Parkers Prairie in overtime at Brooten.

Alex Koep had 18 points, Josh Helling 16 and Micah Arens 15 for Parkers Prairie.

Kaden Pieper had 15 points and Jackson Peter and Ryan Schwinghammer each scored 13 points for the Jaguars.

BBE wraps up its regular season at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Royalton.

Parkers Prairie (20-5) 30 30 6 — 66
BBE (11-14) 38 22 4 — 64
PARKERS PRAIRIE - Scoring: Alex Koep 18, Brendan Johnson 3, Micah Arens 15, Florian Koep 3, Riley Thoennes 3, Spencer Yohnke 8, Josh Helling 16 … 3-point shots: A. Koep 2, F. Koep 1, Thoennes 1, Helling 1 … Rebound leader: Helling 9 … Assist leader: A. Koep 2, Thoennes 2 … Steal leader: Arens 2 ... Block leader: Helling 3
BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Kaden Pieper 15, Jackson Peter 13, Will VanBeck 3, Peyton Winter 4, Luke Dingmann 6, Ryan Schwinghammer 13 … 3-point shots: Pieper 6, Peter 3, VanBeck 1, Winter 1, Dingmann 1 … Rebound leader: Peter 7 … Assist leader: VanBeck 6 … Steal leader: VanBeck 3 ... Block leader: Schwinghammer 1

Madelia 70,
BLHS 63

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart ended its regular season with a seven-point home loss to Madelia.

After dropping their 20th consecutive game, the Mustangs finished the regular season with a 2-22 record.

Stats were not available at press time.

Madelia (11-14) 25 45 — 70
BLHS (2-22) 26 37 — 63
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