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Prep Boys Basketball Roundup: Willmar notches first win

Strong second half propels Cardinals past Little Falls

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LITTLE FALLS — A strong second-half outing gave the Willmar Cardinals boys basketball team its first win of the season Saturday, defeating Little Falls 55-43.

Alex Schramm’s 14 points and Blake Schoolmeester’s 11 helped lead the Cardinals to victory. Schramm connected on three 3-pointers.

Schoolmeester and Cayden Hansen both finished with two assists. Hansen also led the Cardinals in steals with five.

Little Falls’ Brock Lutzke and Zach Gwost both scored 10 points.

The Flyers took a 26-21 lead into halftime before Willmar pounced in the second half to outscore the Flyers 34-17 for the win.

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Willmar next plays Becker at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in Willmar.

Willmar 55,
Little Falls 43

Willmar (1-4) 21 34 — 55
Little Falls (2-3) 26 17 — 43
WILLMAR - Scoring: Cayden Hansen 5, Jacob Streed 2, Abdihamid Abdullahi 8, Cade Roelofs 4, Alex Schramm 14, Blake Schoolmeester 11, Harris Duininck 3, Khalid Muhumed 4, Sam Raitz 4 … 3-point shots: Hansen 1, Abdullahi 2, Schramm 3, Schoolmeester 1 … Rebound leader: Hansen 4 … Assist leader: Hansen 2, Schoolmeester 2 … Steal leader: Hansen 5 ... Block leader: Roelofs 1, Schramm 1
LITTLE FALLS - Scoring: Jaxon Janski 5, Beau Thoma 7, Riley Czech 4, Austin Neu 7, Brock Lutzke 10, Zach Gwost 10 … 3-point shots: Neu 1, Lutzke 1, Gwost 1 … Rebound leader: Three with 3 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Case IH Tournament

Benson 78,
MACCRAY 71

Despite Gavin Husman scoring 23 points and Brooks Asche scoring 22 for MACCRAY , the Benson Braves emerged as the winner in the third-place game of the Case IH tournament in Benson.

The Wolverines’ Jordan Warne finished with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds Asche came in second in rebounds with eight.

Isaac Strommer totaled six points, but notched 10 assists.

In the championship game of the Case IH Tournament, Hancock defeated Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 68-41.

MACCRAY plays Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Clara City. Benson plays Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday in Benson.

MACCRAY (5-3) 31 40 — 71
Benson (2-3) 37 41 — 78
MACCRAY - Scoring: Isaac Strommer 6, Willie Miller 4, Matt Wadsworth 4, Gavin Husman 23, Dreyer Homan 2, Brooks Asche 22, Jordan Warne 10 … 3-point shots: Husman 1, Ashce 3 … Rebound leader: Warne 10, Asche 8 … Assist leader: Strommer 10 … Steal leader: Miller 3 ... Block leader: Three with 1
BENSON - Stats not available

Camden

Dawson-Boyd 76,
RCW 56

Dawson-Boyd extends its undefeated record to 6-0 following a 20-point win over Renville County West .

After a close first half with the Blackjacks leading 29-27, Dawson-Boyd took control in the second half, outscoring the Jags 47-29.

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The Blackjacks’ Keegon Wicht, Brayson Boike and Levi Olson combined for 46 points.

Wicht and Boike finished with double-doubles, Wicht totaled 17 points and 11 assists, Boike scored 16 and had 12 assists. Boike also led the team in steals (six) and had one block.

For the Jaguars, Adam Schrupp totaled 12 points while Tyler Froland had 10 points and six boards.

D-B plays Central Minnesota Christian School at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday in Prinsburg. RCW plays Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Kerkhoven.

Dawson-Boyd (6-0) 29 47 — 76
RCW (1-3) 27 29 — 56
DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Keegon Wicht 17, Aiden Swenson 8, Braxton Hahn 4, Caleb Torke 3, Brayson Boike 16, Collin Swedzinski 9, Levi Olson 13, Drew Hjelmeland 2, Carter Bowen 4 … 3-point shots: Wicht 3, Torke 1, Boike 1, Swedzinski 3, Olson 3 … Rebound leader: Boike 12 … Assist leader: Wicht 11 … Steal leader: Boike 6 ... Block leader: Torke 1, Boike 1
RCW - Scoring: Adam Schrupp 12, Ryan Schrupp 3, AJ Gasca 4, Isaac Haen 5, Carson Allex 2, Jaise Miller 8, Tyler Froland 10, Hunter Bruns 4, Jaden Serbus 8 … 3-point shots: A. Schrupp 2, R. Schrupp 1, Haen 1, Miller 1, Froland 1 … Rebound leader: Froland 6, Serbus 6 … Assist leader: Haen 4 … Steal leader: Haen 3 ... Block leader: Serbus 2

TMB 71,
KMS 63

Following its overtime loss to Central Minnesota Christian School in its previous game, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg dropped to 2-4 with its loss to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

The Fighting Saints play Renville County West at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kerkhoven.

Non-Conference

CMCS 76,
SMC 69

In a rematch of last season’s Section 3A championship, Central Minnesota Christian came away with the victory over Southwest Minnesota Christian in Prinsburg.

CMCS took a 36-31 lead into the half.

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The Bluejays’ Case Mulder finished as the team’s high scorer with 23 points followed by Ben Van Eps with 20 and Caleb Vander Beek with 15. Van Eps also had seven rebounds and three assists. Ethan Bulthuis had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

In the 3A championship last season, CMCS was also victorious by a score of 68-63.

The Bluejays remain undefeated and play Dawson-Boyd at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Prinsbrug.

SMC (3-2) 31 38 — 69
CMCS (6-0) 36 40 — 76
SMC - Stats not available

CMCS - Scoring: Ethan Bulthuis 11, Case Mulder 23, Drew Duininck 2,Brayden Marcus 3, Ben Van Eps 20, Caleb Vander Beek 15, Ryan Harrington 2 … 3-point shots: Bulthuis 3, Mulder 2, Marcus 1, Van Eps 2 … Rebound leader: Bulthuis 10, Van Eps 7 … Assist leader: Van Eps 3 … Steal leader: Bulthuis 2 ... Block leader: Vander Beek 1

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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