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High School Boys Basketball: RCW Jaguars shine

Read how Renville County West handed Central Minnesota Christian its first loss, 75-66

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Renville County West senior forward Riley Ashburn (15) guards Central Minnesota Christian sophomore guard Ethan Bulthuis at the top of Jaguar zone during Thursday's Camden Conference game from Renville County West High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

RENVILLE — The area is down to two unbeaten boys basketball teams: Renville County West and Lac qui Parle Valley.

The Jaguars captured a 75-66 Camden Conference victory against Central Minnesota Christian on Thursday from Renville County West High School.

RCW improved to 8-0. The Bluejays fell to 8-1.

The home team had four players score in double figures, led by Riley Ashburn. The senior forward put up 20 of his game-high 32 points in the first half. He missed just one of his 15 field-goal attempts and was 3-for-5 from the foul line. Ashburn also finished with 10 rebounds and two steals.

Tyler Froland had 13 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks. Jaden Kolker added 12 points and six boards. Brandan Hoberg chipped in 10 points and seven assists.

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Photo Gallery: CMCS Bluejays at RCW Jaguars

RCW shot 59% from the field facing the Bluejays’ man-to-man defense. Conversely, CMCS was held to 42% shooting against the Jags’ 2-3 zone defense. The hosts also enjoyed a 30-20 rebounding advantage.

The first half featured eight lead changes and three ties. RCW led by as much as 18-12 in the first half before CMCS regained the lead following a 15-5 surge.

Case Mulder gave the visitors a 24-23 advantage after dropping Ashburn with a beautiful right-to-left hesitation crossover before driving to the basket for a layup. Following a Jaguars turnover, senior guard Mason Groen extended the lead with a 3-pointer.

RCW responded with 12 of the game’s next 17 points. After Ashburn added a 3-point play and a putback, Hoberg added two more with a drive to the basket. The home team entered the half up 35-34 before widening its cushion in the second half.

Mulder paced the Bluejays with 31 points on 11 of 24 shooting from the field and 6-for-14 shooting from three-point territory. Ben Van Eps added 17 points, five rebounds and four steals.

CMCS is scheduled to host MACCRAY at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Prinsburg.

RCW plays Tuesday at Lac qui Parle Valley. The Eagles are 9-0.

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RCW 75, CMCS 66

CMCS (8-1) 34 32 — 66
RCW (8-0) 35 40 — 75
CMCS - Scoring: Case Mulder 31, Mason Groen 10, Blake Greenwaldt 4, Ben Van Eps 17, Caleb Vander Beek 4 … 3-point shots: Mulder 6-14, Groen 1-2, Van Eps 1-4 … Rebound leaders: Mulder 5, Van Eps 5, Vander Beek 5 … Assist leader: Mulder 4, Groen 3, Vander Beek 3 … Steal leaders: Van Eps 4, Mulder 3 ... Block leader: Vander Beek 3
RCW - Scoring: Brandan Hoberg 10, Riley Ashburn 32, Tyler Froland 13, Nathan Schmidt 6, Jaden Kolker 12, Jaden Serbus 2 … 3-point shots: Kolker 2-2, Ashburn 1-1, Froland 1-4 … Rebound leaders: Ashburn 10, Froland 7, Kolker 6 … Assist leaders: Hoberg 7, Froland 3, Schmidt 3 … Steal leader: Ashburn 2 ... Block leader: Froland 2

D-B 72,
MACCRAY 57

Sophomore Keegon Wicht poured in 23 points to help Dawson-Boyd to the victory over MACCRAY at Dawson.

The teams were tied 39-39 at halftime.

Micah Olson added 16 points and three steals for the Blackjacks. Gauge Liebl had nine points and three steals and Jordan Hastad had eight points and 10 rebounds for D-B.

Brady Kienitz had 26 points and Trenten Cavaness added nine points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines.

D-B is host to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

MACCRAY (3-6) 39 18 — 57
D-B (2-6) 39 33 — 72
MACCRAY - Scoring: Isaac Strommer 2, Brady Kienitz 26, Will Asche 2, Gavin Husman 8, Carter Wrede 2, Brooks Asche 4, Isaac Post 4, Trenten Cavaness 9 … 3-point shots: Kienitz 3-11, Post 1-3, Cavaness 1-4 … Rebound leaders: Cavaness 11, Kienitz 6 … Assist leader: Kienitz 4 … Steal leader: Kienitz 2 ... Block leader: none
D-B - Scoring: Aiden Swenson 3, Zeke Sather 4, Caleb Torke 4, Micah Olson 16, Collin Swedzinski 5, Gauge Liebl 9, Jordan Hastad 8, Keegon Wicht 23 … 3-point shots: Swenson 1-1, Olson 3-4, Swedzinski 1-1, Liebl 1-6, Wicht 4-11 … Rebound leaders: Hastad 10, Liebl 7 … Assist leaders: Sather 2, Liebl 2, Wicht 2 … Steal leader: Olson 3, Liebl 3 ... Block leader: Torke 1

LQPV 56, KMS 46

Unbeaten Lac qui Parle Valley held on to beat Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Madison.

KMS trailed by two with four minutes left before the Eagles, ranked sixth in the state in Class A, built on their lead.

“It was a good game,” said KMS head coach Matt Fragodt. “We played tough in the first half and kind of went cold in the second half.”

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KMS plays Tuesday at Dawson-Boyd.

KMS (2-7) 25 21 — 46
LQPV (9-0) 23 33 — 56
KMS - Scoring: Isaac Rudningen 11, Isaac Call 20, Jared Cortez 3, Gage Thorson 6, Drew Johnson 6 … 3-point shots: Rudningen 2, Call 1, Cortez 1 … Rebound leader: Call 6, Cortez 4, Johnson 4, Thorson 2, Rudningen 2 … Assist leader: Call 6, Rudningen 4 … Steal leader: Johnson 3, Call 2 ... Block leader: none
LQPV - Scoring: Landon Schirm 5, Mykey Elias 4, Kaiden Allpress 14, Evan Hegland 26, Hunter Conn 9, Maverick Conn 8 … 3-point shots: Hegland 6, Schirm 1, H. Conn 1 … Rebound leader: H. Conn 9 … Assist leader: Schirm 5 … Steal leader: Schirm 2, Hegland 2 ... Block leader: H. Conn 3

Lakeview 86,
YME 58

Yellow Medicine East remains winless this season after falling to Lakeview in at Granite Falls.

Colby Marczak (26 points) and Nathan Fenske (24) paced the Lakers, offensively.

Nikson Knapper had 22 points and made seven 3-pointers for the Sting.

YME is next scheduled to play at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday against Canby in Granite Falls.

Lakeview (5-4) 41 45 — 86
YME (0-9) 26 32 — 58
LAKEVIEW - Scoring: Jackson Klockow 10, Taiven Isaackson 6, Owen Louwagie 10, Nathan Fenske 24, Ethan Schwankl 5, Colby Marczak 26, Aaron Lienemann 2, Brock Bossuyt 3 … 3-point shots: Klockow 2, Louwagie 1, Fenske 1, Bossuyt 1 … Rebound leader: Fenske 6 … Assist leader: Fenske 2, Marczak 2 … Steal leader: Marczak 5, Louwagie 3 ... Block leader: Marczak 2
YME - Scoring: Kyle Chase 9, Cody Dahlager 9, Tyler Nordaune 4, Nikson Knapper 22, Caleb Jans 6, Preston Berends 8 … 3-point shots: Chase 1, Knapper 7, Berends 2 … Rebound leader: Dahlager 6 … Assist leader: Dahlager 2 … Steal leader: Chase 2, Isaac Jimenez 2 ... Block leader: Berends 1

West Central
Morris/CA 66,
Benson 49

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta improved to 6-1 following its win at Benson.

The Tigers outscored the Braves 36-23 in the second half.

Toby Gonnerman led the visitors with 18 points.

Benson plays BOLD at 3 p.m. Saturday in Bird Island.

Morris/CA (6-1) 30 36 — 66
Benson (2-5) 26 23 — 49
MORRIS/CA - Scoring: Durgin Decker 10, Andrew Olson 2, Brandon Jergenson 8, Thomas Tiernan 2, Riley Reimers 2, Jackson Loge 10, Toby Gonnerman 18, Sam Kleinwolterink 11 … 3-point shots: Decker 2 … Rebound leader: Loge 8 … Assist leader: Loge 7, Decker 5 … Steal leader: Three with 1 ... Block leader: Tiernan 1, Loge 1
BENSON - No stats available

Melrose 67,
Minnewaska 50

Melrose shot 56% from the field, including 58% from 3-point range (8 of 15), to beat Minnewaska at Glenwood.

Melrose is ranked fifth in the state in Class AA.

For Minnewaska, Peyton Johnsrud had 21 points and five rebounds.

Minnewaska plays at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Paynesville.

Melrose (8-0) 35 32 — 67
Minnewaska (4-4) 20 30 — 50
MELROSE - Scoring: Aaron Arnhalt 2, Sam Rieland 2, Ethan Ettel 3, Tyler Rademacher 6, Brett Engelmeyer 6, Grant Moscho 18, Mason Heidgerken 7, Isaac Hoeschen 4, Rowan Nelson 17, Mitchell Dufner 2 … 3-point shots: Engelmeyer 2, Moscho 5, Heidgerken 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Peyton Johnsrud 21, Mitchell Gruber 6, Damon Uhde 6, Aaron Ver Steeg 9, Hunter Kostelecky 4, Brady Hoffman 4 … 3-point shots: Johnsrud 5-9, Gruber 2-3 … Rebound leaders: Johnsrud 5, Harste 5 … Assist leader: Uhde 3 … Steal leader: Kostelecky 3 ... Block leader: Hoffman 1

Montevideo 68,
Sauk Centre 51

Bradyn Schultz and Landon Stock led a quartet of Montevideo players in double figures en route to a West Central Conference road win over Sauk Centre.

Schultz and Stock both had 18 points, with Stock hitting three 3-pointers. Schutlz added seven rebounds and three assists.

Kaden Boike had 11 points and Colby Buseman put in 10 for the Thunder Hawks.

Jay Neubert had 17 points for the Mainstreeters, followed by 16 from Matthew Warring.

Montevideo is host to Morris/Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday.

Montevideo (3-4) 34 34 — 68
Sauk Centre (3-5) 28 23 — 51
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Bradyn Schultz 18, Landon Stock 18, Kaden Boike 11, Colby Buseman 10, Andrew Vanbinsbergen 9, Francis O’Malley 2 … 3-point shots: Stock 3, Boike 2, Buseman 1 … Rebound leader: Schultz 7, Buseman 7 … Assist leader: Schultz 3 … Steal leader: Stock 2 ... Block leader: Schultz 1, Vanbinsbergen 1
SAUK CENTRE - Scoring: Noah Ziemer 2, Jay Neubert 17, Nathan Schirmers 2, Austin Schuster 3, Matthew Warring 16, Macoy Thiesen 5, Ethan Riley 4, Jackson Fischer 2 … 3-point shots: Neubert 2, Warring 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
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