Boys basketball roundup: A surge rallies Paynesville Bulldogs; KMS, DB, Minnewaska, Litchfield win

Prep boys basketball report for Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Paynesville beats Border West in the third-place game at Perham tournament

Paynesville's Max Athmann passes the basketball against Border West during the Grand8 Holiday Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at Perham High School.
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PERHAM — The Paynesville boys basketball team came home with the third-place trophy from the Grand8 Holiday Tournament on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs beat Border West 79-71.

Key to the win was an 11-point swing just before the end of the first half that saw Paynesville come from being down four points to up by seven, according to Bulldogs head coach Rick Hendrickson.

Paynesville got its lead to as much as 10, but Border West got it down to two at one point. The Bulldogs got the defensive tops they needed to hold on, Hendrickson said.

Paynesville's Eli Nelson dribbles the basketball against Border West during the Grand8 Holiday Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at Perham High School.
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Bryce VanderBeek had a big game for Paynesville, finishing with 14 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and five blocked shots. Max Athmann contributed 21 points and Eli Nelson had 17 for the Bulldogs.


Andrew Walker-Hannemann had 18 points and Clint Determan added 16 points and seven rebounds for Border West.

Perham defeated Sauk Centre in the championship, 67-40.

Paynesville’s next game is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at Royalton.

Paynesville's Brayden Pung shoots the basketball against Border West during the Grand8 Holiday Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at Perham High School.
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Paynesville 79, Border West 71

Border West (3-2)       36   35 — 71
Paynesville (5-2)        43   36 — 79

BORDER WEST - Scoring: Dylan Bainbridge 8, Cole Gilsdorf 2, Holden Rinke 10, Andrew Walker-Hannemann 18, Grant Dawson 12, Clint Determan 16, Calden Spilde 5 … 3-point shots: n/a … Rebound leaders: Bainbridge 7, Determan 7 … Assist leader: Bainbridge 4 … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Izaak Schultz 1, Brayden Pung 8, Eli Nelson 17, Gus Johnson 7, Grayson Fuchs 4, Max Athmann 21, Abe Brunner 2, Bryce VanderBeek 14, Blayke Pung 5  … 3-point shots: n/a … Rebound leader: VanderBeek 13 … Assist leader: VanderBeek 4 … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: VanderBeek 5

KMS 91, St. James 71

DeAndre Holloway helped Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg dominate St. James, scoring 40 points as the Fighting Saints took home the CVB Holiday Classic title in Windom.


Holloway, listed at 6-7, also notched 15 rebounds, five blocks and four steals.

Hunter Kallstrom and Isaac Rudningen each scored 17 points. Rudningen added 17 assists and Kallstrom added 12 rebounds.

Windom beat Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 91-78 in the third-place game.

KMS plays host to Lac qui Parle Valley at 6 p.m. Tuesday at KMS High School in Kerkhoven.

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KMS (6-1)               47   44 — 91
St. James (3-3)      33   38 — 71

KMS - Scoring: Jacob Walsh 5, Jaiden Henjum 4, Isaac Rudningen 17, Malaki Lee 8, DeAndre Holloway 40, Hunter Kallstrom 17 … 3-point shots: Walsh 1, Rudningen 1, Holloway 2 … Rebound leader: Holloway 15, Kallstrom 12 … Assist leader: Rudningen 17 … Steal leader: Holloway 4 ... Block leader: Holloway 5

ST. JAMES - Stats not available

Dawson-Boyd 68, Rushford-Peterson 35

Dawson-Boyd took home the championship of the 3 Coops Shoot for 3 Holiday Tournament in Rushford.


The Blackjacks built a 43-20 lead over host Rushford-Peterson.

Brayson Boike had 25 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots for Dawson-Boyd. Keegon Wicht had 22 points and eight steals for the Blackjacks, who shot 47% from three-point range (9 of 19) and 58% overall (28 of 48). Wicht made 4 of 9 three-point attempts.

In the third-place game, Spring Grove defeated Higher Ground Academy 83-39.

Dawson-Boyd returns to Camden Conference play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against MACCRAY in Clara City.

Dawson-Boyd (4-2)               43   25 — 68
Rushford-Peterson (4-3)       20   15 — 35

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Keegon Wicht 22, Aiden Swenson 5, Johnson 2, Gauge Liebl 3, Brayson Boike 25, Drew Hjelmeland 4, Gavin Olson 5, carter Bowen 2 … 3-point shots: Wicht 4, Swenson 1, Liebl 1, Boike 2, Olson 1 … Rebound leader: Boike 8 … Assist leaders: Swenson 5, Olson 4 … Steal leaders: Wicht 8, Olson 4 ... Block leader: Boike 2

RUSHFORD-PETERSON - Stats not available

Minnewaska 67, Hope Academy 45

Minnewaska earned its first victory of the season in the first round of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Holiday Tournament at Howard Lake.

“Tenzen Dahl had 23 points and seven rebounds, Alex Panitzke added 13 points and three assists and Hunter Kloos contributed 10 points and four steals to the Lakers’ victory.

Sonaa Taera and Jordan Moss each had 10 points for Hope Academy, located in Minneapolis.

In the other tournament game, HLWW beat East Central 73-57.

Minnewaska (1-6)           41   26 — 67
Hope Academy (1-5)       22   23 — 45

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Blake Andreas 8, P.J. Johnson 6, Alex Panitzke 13, Dylan Alexander 5,  Hunter Kloos 10,  Tenzen Dahl 23 … 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Panitzke 1, Alexander 1, Kloos 1, Dahl 1 … Rebound leaders: Dahl 7, Kloos 7 … Assist leaders: Johnson 5, Alexander 4, Panitzke 3, Martin 3 … Steal leaders: Alexander 4, Kloos 4, Johnson 3 ... Block leaders: Kloos 1, Dahl 1

HOPE ACADEMY - Scoring: Brian Moss 8, Martez Stanley 4, Eli Samuel 2, Zakary Ruhland  9,  Sonaa Taera 10, Gideon Horne 2, Jordan Moss 10  … 3-point shots: Ruhland 1, Taera 2, B. Moss 2… Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Litchfield 69, Spectrum 61

Litchfield opened the Crusader Christmas Classic with a victory over Spectrum at St. Cloud Cathedral.

Spectrum is located in Elk River.

In other tournament games, Cathedral beat Moose Lake-Willow River 78-57 and Melrose defeated Concordia Academy 58-51

Thursday’s schedule has Litchfield playing Moose Lake-Willow River at 12:30 p.m., Melrose facing Spectrum at 3:45 p.m. and Cathedral playing Concordia Academy at 7 p.m.

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