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Boys basketball roundup: Litchfield evens the score with NLS

Prep boys basketball report for Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 in west central Minnesota. Dragons beat Wildcats 46-44 Friday after losing in the first meeting

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NEW LONDON — The Litchfield boys basketball team used its tough defense and a big first half to secure a 46-44 win over New London-Spicer on Friday night.

“We knew we were going to be in for a battle,” NLS head coach Skip Wright said. “We really dug ourselves a hole in the first half.

“The kids really played hard and tied the game and had a chase to tie it or win at the end. I give a lot of credit to our guys.”

Litchfield led 32-17 at halftime.

NLS tied it up with about a minute to play. After the Dragons took the lead, the Wildcats were able to get a 10-foot baseline shot by Mason Dezler on an out-of-bounds play at the end. The ball rimmed out. Delzer finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

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“We really played well tonight,” Wright said.

Dom Dietel’s 15 points led the Dragons, who lost 56-51 to NLS on Jan. 25 in Litchfield.

They’ve really been playing well the last month, playing everybody tough in the last month,” Wright said.

Litchfield, 4-8 in the Wright County West, plays Rockford at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Litchfield. NLS, 5-6 in the Wright County West, plays Watertown-Mayer at 7 p.m. Tuesday in New London.

Wright County

Litchfield 46, NLS 44

Litchfield (10-14)      32   14 — 46
NLS (12-10)               17   27 — 44
LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Dom Dietel 15, Logan King 9, Beau Weseloh 8, Alex Draeger 6, Jack McCann 2, Tanner Kohls 2, Tyler Pennertz 2, Blake Aller 2   … 3-point shots: King 1, Draeger 2 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 
NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Grant Paffrath 18, Mason Delzer 11, Brycen Christensen 8, Aedan Andresen 4, Peyton Coahran 3  … 3-point shots: Delzer 2, Coahran 1, Paffrath 3 … Rebound leader: Delzer 7, Paffrath 4, Christensen 3 … Assist leader: Delzer 3, Andresen 2, … Steal leader: Delzer 2 ... Block leader: Christensen 5

West Central

Montevideo 70, Benson 56

Senior forward Landon Stock had 17 points and seven rebounds to help lead Montevideo to the victory at Benson.

Sophomore guard Kaden Boike had 14 points and senior guard Andrew Van Binsbergen had 12 for the Thunder Hawks, who beat Benson 65-39 Jan. 18 in Montevideo.

“Benson has improved since the first time we played them,” Montevideo head coach Derek Webb said. “They took care of the ball pretty well. Our guys played solid and persevered too and were able to find a way.”

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Juan Espinoza led Benson with 21 points. Jahki Brown added 12 for the Braves.

Montevideo plays Tuesday at YME. Benson is host to Melrose at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Montevideo (10-9)      31   39 — 70
Benson (3-19)             26   30 — 56
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Landon Stock 17, Kaden Boike 14, Andrew Van Binsbergen 12, Bradyn Schultz 7, Copper Dack 6, Mason Jerve 6, Hunter Strand 6, Justin Collins 2  … 3-point shots: Boike 2, Van Binsbergen 1, Schultz 1, Dack 1 … Rebound leader: Stock 7, Boike 7 … Assist leader: Strand 3 … Steal leader: Dack 2 ... Block leader: Strand 1
BENSON - Scoring: Blake Brehmer 8, Juan Espinoza 21, Brandonn Traut 7, Dylan Ascheman 4, Chaden Carroll 4, Jahki Brown 12 … 3-point shots: Brehmer 2, Espinoza 1, Traut 2, Brown 4 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Non-Conference

Dawson-Boyd 82, Wabasso 61

Brayson Boike, a 6-foot-5 freshman, scored 33 points in Dawson-Boyd’s victory at Wabasso.

Keegon Wicht added 18 points and Levi Olson had 13 for the Blackjacks.

Senior guard Isaac Kronback had 23 points for the Rabbits.

Dawson-Boyd plays Minneota at 7:15 p.m. Monday in Dawson.

Dawson-Boyd (15-8)      35   47 — 82
Wabasso (12-13)            28   33 — 61
DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Keegon Wicht 18, Aiden Swenson 2, Braxton Hahn 8, Brayson Boike 33, Collin Swedzinski 6, Levi Olson 13, Carter Bowen 2  … 3-point shots: Wicht 3, Hahn 2, Boike 5, Swedzinski 2, Olson 3 … Rebound leader: Boike 7, Wicht 6 … Assist leader: Boike 5, Wicht 3, Olson 3 … Steal leader: Caleb Torke 3 ... Block leader: Boike 2 
WABASSO - Scoring: Samuel Fenger 19, Karson Bock 2, Noah Anderson 12, Jayden Goblish 5, Isaac Kronback 23 … 3-point shots: Anderson 4, Goblish 1, Kronback 1 … Rebound leader: Kronback 8 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: Kronback 3 ... Block leader: Fenger 1

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CAL

CCS 64, Faith Christian 44

Overcoming a 33-point night from Faith Christian’s Brandon Becker, Community Christian School of Willmar came away with the road victory at Foreston.

Jonathan Reid led the Eagles in points (22), rebounds (15) and blocks (two). Will Chapin and Mark Arnold each had 14 points and four 3-pointers, with Chapin also grabbing 12 boards and dishing out seven assists.

CCS closes out the regular season Monday in Plymouth against the North Metro Blazers.

CCS (13-6)                         29   35 — 64
Faith Christian (4-8)         19   25 — 44
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Scoring: Jonathan Reid 22, Will Chapin 14, Mark Arnold 14, Sam Mulder 8, Gavin Mulder 6 … 3-point shots: Reid 2, Chapin 4, Arnold 4, S. Mulder 2 … Rebound leader: Reid 15, Chapin 12, Arnold 8 … Assist leader: Chapin 7 … Steal leader: Arnold 2, S. Mulder 2, Andrew Borstad 2 ... Block leader: Reid 2
FAITH CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Eli Amundson 4, Josh Smith 3, Caleb Downey 4, Brandon Becker 33 … 3-point shots: n/a … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 

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