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Boys Basketball Roundup: Willmar Cardinals can't solve Mankato West

Top-seeded Scarlets handle Cards 61-36 in 2AAA-North final. Meanwhile, Morris/Chokio-Alberta wins the Section 3AA-North title over Redwood Valley.

New London-Spicer junior Aedan Andresen drives the ball to the rim while taking on Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 in New London.
Boys Basketball
Mike Moore / West Central Tribune

MANKATO — The Willmar boys basketball team saw its season end in the Section 2AAA-North final Tuesday night.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals fell at No. 1 Mankato West, 61-36.

Mankato West (15-4) plays for the 2AAA championship on Friday in Mankato. The Scarlets play the winner of Tuesday’s other 2AAA semifinal between No. 3 Marshall and No. 7 Worthington.

Willmar fell behind 7-0 early. West built a double-digit lead to 16-6. The Cards (7-13) cut the deficit to 16-10, but that’s as close as they would get.

Willmar struggled offensively, shooting 33.3% (14 of 42) from the field, including 20% (3 of 15) from 3-point range.

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For West, Buom Jock, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, had 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Jock was 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

Also for the Scarlets, Mehki Collins, also a 6-5 junior forward, had 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Mason Ellwein,a 6-0 junior guard, had 15 points.

For Willmar, Jacob Rosendahl led with 11 points. He also had five rebounds. He was the only Cardinal in double figures.

Section 2AAA-North
Mankato West 61,
Willmar 36

Willmar (7-13) 12 24 — 36
Mankato West (15-4) 29 32 — 61
WILLMAR - Scoring: Hunter Magnuson 1, Jacob Rosendahl 11, Cayden Hansen 2, Simon Radermacher 3, Cade Roelofs 2, Chase Dirksen 4, Jacob Streed 2, Blake Schoolmeester 4, Sam Raitz 1, Ross Minnick 6 … 3-point shots: Rosendahl 1-3, Radermacher 1-2, Minnick 1-3 … Rebound leaders: Dirksen 6, Rosendahl 5 … Assist leaders: Magnuson 1, Dirksen 1, Alex Schramm 1, Streed 1, Harris Duininck 1 … Steal leader: Magnuson 1, Hansen 1, Schramm 1 ... Block leader: Dirksen 1
MANKATO WEST - Scoring: Buom Jock 18, Mason Ellwein 15, Mekhi Collins 19, Cornell Ayers 2, Luis Magers 4, Avery Carson 3 … 3-point shots: Jock 3-5, Collins 1-2, Carson 1-2 … Rebound leaders: Jock 11, Collins 7 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leaders: Collins 4, Magers 4 ... Block leader: Jock 2

Section 3AA-North
Morris/CA 61,
Redwood Valley 56

Four players scored in double figures to help host Morris/Chokio-Alberta beat Redwood Valley for the Section 3AA-North championship.

Morris/CA is the top seed. Redwood Valley is the No. 2 seed.

Jackson Loge led the Tigers with 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Thomas Tiernan had 16 points, Brandon Jergenson 13 and Toby Gonnerman 11 for Morris/CA.

Morris/CA plays Pipestone winner at 7 p.m. Friday at Montevideo.

Pipestone, 3AA-South’s No. 2 seed, beat No. 4 Windom, 49-45. Windom knocked off top-seeded Luverne 63-56 in the 3AA-South semifinals.

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Redwood Valley (14-7) 24 32 — 56
Morris/CA (18-2) 32 29 — 61
REDWOOD VALLEY - Stats not available
MORRIS/CA - Scoring: Brandon Jergenson 13, Thomas Tiernan 16, Jackson Loge 21, Toby Gonnerman 11… 3-point shots: Jergenson 3-6, Tiernan 2-4, Loge 1-4 … Rebound leader: Loge 10 … Assist leader: Loge 5 … Steal leaders: Jergenson 3, Tiernan 3, Riley Reimers 2 ... Block leader: Loge 3

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