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Boys Basketball Roundup: Top-ranked Braham downs Dragons

ST.CLOUD -- A close game at halftime turned into Braham's favor in the second half as the unbeaten and Class AA top-ranked Bombers upended Litchfield 75-56 in the quarterfinals of the St. Cloud Cathedral Tournament Monday.

ST.CLOUD - A close game at halftime turned into Braham’s favor in the second half as the unbeaten and Class AA top-ranked Bombers upended Litchfield 75-56 in the quarterfinals of the St. Cloud Cathedral Tournament Monday.
The Bombers (9-0) led 27-25 at halftime before outscoring Litchfield, which has now lost four straight, 48-31 in the final 18 minutes of play. Braham was 6-of-9 from 3-point range and shot 52 percent overall from the field.
Cody Rau scored 13 points in both halves for Litchfield to net a game-high 26 points, but the Dragons had just one other player score in double figures, Dylan Kotzer with 17. Two players scored more than 20 points and another player hit double figures for Braham, paced by Chris Olson’s 24 points.
The Dragons (4-5) will play the host Crusaders (9-2) today at 3:30 p.m. in the consolation semifinals.
Braham 75, Litchfield 56
Braham (9-0)...............................................27 48 - 75
Litchfield (4-5).............................................25 31 - 56
Braham
28-54 FG; 13-19 FT; 11 fouls … Scoring: Connor Tschumper 16, Ryan Larson 4, Alec Olson 8, Kyle Johnson 1, John Larson 22, Chris Olson 24 … 3-point shots: C. Olson 3, Larson 1, A. Olson 2 … Rebound leader: C. Olson 9 … Assist leader: R. Larson 6 … Steal leader: Randy Braund 6
Litchfield
21-48 FG; 5-9 FT; 17 fouls … Scoring: Cody Rau 26, Kal Volinkaty 1, Dylan Kotzer 17, Cody Beavers 9, Nic Meyer 3 … 3-point shots: Rau 6, Kotzer 3 … Rebound leader: Rau 6, Meyer 6 … Assist leader: Beavers 5 … Steal leader: Rau 4
Melrose 80, Mandan (N.D.) 61
Melrose stayed undefeated on the season with a 51-point outburst in the second half to pull away from Mandan.
Tyler Braegelmann led the Dutchmen (8-0) with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Melrose plays 5:30 p.m. today in the St. Cloud Cathedral Tournament against Concordia Academy-Roseville.
Mandan.....................................................25 36 - 61
Melrose (8-0)............................................29 51 - 80
Melrose
32-64 FG; 12-16 FT; 13 fouls … Scoring: Thielen 4, Cervantes 6, Herkenhoff 13, Haider 11, Braegelmann 16, Meyer 9, Luetmer 6, Meyer 2, Gerads 13 … 3-point shots: Haider 3, Meyer 1 … Rebound leader: Braegelmann 11 … Assist leader: Haider 6 … Steal leader: Meyer 4
Mandan (N.D.)
Statistics not available
Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Holiday Tournament
Dawson-Boyd 83, Madelia 57
Michael Lee came one assist away from a triple-double, and Dawson-Boyd bounced Madelia in the first round of the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Holiday Tournament.
Lee scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, along with nine assists and two 3-pointers.
Noah Stelter added 16 points with four 3s, and Jess Hansen had 20 points.
The Blackjacks (5-1) will face the winner of the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey vs. Minnesota Transitions game 7:30 p.m. today in Morgan.
D-B (5-1)......................................................40 43 - 83
Madelia (2-6)...............................................29 28 - 57
Dawson-Boyd
30-73 FG; 14-18 FT; 18 fouls … Scoring: Weber 3, Hansen 20, Stelter 16, Olson 3, Deuth 1, Lee 28, Stratmoen 10, Kostad 2 … 3-point shots: Hansen 3, Stelter 4, Lee 2 … Rebound leader: Lee 14 … Assist leader: Lee 9 … Steal leader: Hansen 3
Madelia
20-62 FG; 12-22 FT; 15 fouls … Scoring: Schultz 18, Van Hee 10, Arizmendi 2, Reihs 10, Denn 5, Kortuem 4, Henry 8 … 3-point shots: Schultz 1, Van Hee 2, Henry 2 … Rebound leader: Schultz 6 … Assist leader: 5 with 1 … Steal leader: Schultz 2, Van Hee 2
LQPV Holiday Tournament
Ortonville 70, LQPV 68
Lac qui Parle Valley had a couple of opportunities to take the lead in the closing seconds Monday, but both shots couldn’t find the bottom of the net.
The Eagles (4-5) led 40-37 at halftime before Ortonville chipped away and eventually took over the lead with six minutes remaining. The Trojans, ignited by Riley Thompson’s game-high 22 points, never relinquished the lead down the stretch to improve to 6-3.
Lucas Strand piled up 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists to pace LQPV. Garrett Olson added 14 points and Noah Jensen scored another 12.
LQPV (4-5).................................................40 28 - 68
Ortonville (6-3)..........................................37 33 - 70
Lac qui Parle Valley
28-58 FG; 5-6 FT; 15 fouls … Scoring: Connor Oie 6, Jon Nielsen 5, Austin Haas 2, Garrett Olson 14, Lucas Strand 17, Brandon Hill 7, Kellen Kessler 5, Noah Jensen 12 … 3-point shots: Strand 3, Olson 2, Nielsen 1, Kessler 1 … Rebound leader: Strand 8 … Assist leader: Strand 5 … Steal leader: Kessler 2
Ortonville
28-60 FG; 9-15 FT; 11 fouls … Scoring: Hunter Winther 4, Britton Conroy 19, Mike Schake 7, Nate Treinen 17, Riley Thompson 22, Andrew Weber 1 … 3-point shots: Conroy 2, Schake 1, Treinen 1, Thompson 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a

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