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Prep boys basketball roundup: Willmar grabs a victory over Apollo

Willmar ends a losing streak with the 67-57 Central Lakes win

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Willmar junior Sam Raitz gets a dunk against St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 in Willmar.
Matthew Curry / West Central Tribune
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WILLMAR — Willmar boys basketball snaps its three-game losing streak with a 67-57 win over St. Cloud Apollo.

Prior to tip-off, both the Cardinals and the Eagles were 0-4 in the Central Lakes Conference and seeking their first Central Lakes Conference win.

Cardinals’ junior forward Blake Schoolmeester totaled a double-double in the win with 18 points and 11 assists. Junior guard Sam Raitz totaled 10 points.

The Eagles started with a 5-0 lead before Willmar tied the game at five and again at seven.

The Cardinals took their first lead following a 3-pointer by senior Alex Schramm with 14 minutes remaining.

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With the Eagles leading 26-23, Willmar senior Cayden Hansen found Raitz in the paint who then went up for a two-handed dunk to narrow the deficit to one, igniting the Big Red Gym.

Raitz scored the next three points for the Cardinals from the free throw line, two coming off a technical foul by Apollo, giving Willmar a 29-26 lead.

Willmar carried a 36-31 lead into halftime.

The Cardinals outscored Apollo 31-26 in the second half to secure the victory.

Willmar’s next game is 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Rocori in Cold Spring.

Central Lakes

Willmar 67, Apollo 57

Apollo (4-7) 31 26 — 57

Willmar (3-9) 36 31 — 67

APOLLO - Scoring: Thomas Diew 8, Azayah Washington 12, Abston Aoamari 2, Angel Martinez 6, Deang Jikany 24, Hassan Doumbia 5  … 3-point shots: Diew 1, Martinez 2, Jikany 1  … Rebound leader: Doumbia 8 … Assist leader: Diew 5 … Steal leader: Diew, Washington, Jikany 1 ... Block leader: None  

WILLMAR - Scoring: Cayden Hansen 4, Jacob Streed 4, Abdihamid Abdul 7, Cade Roelofs 3, Alex Schramm 15, Blake Schoolmeester 18, Harris Duininck 6, Sam Raitz 10 … 3-point shots: Abdul 1, Schramm 2, Schoolmeester 2, Duininck 1 … Rebound leader: Schoolmeester 11 … Assist leader: Hansen 7 … Steal leader: Hansen, Roelofs, Schoolmeester 1 ... Block leader: Raitz 1

West Central

BOLD 72,Benson 56

BOLD shot 52% from the field, making 12 of 27 3-pointers for a 44% success rate, to record the victory at Benson.

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Max Marks led the way with 16 points. Ethan Sullivan had 14, Hudson Vosika 12 and Cole Visser 11. Jack Gross had eight rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.

BOLD now has a 3-1 West Central Conference record. Benson is 0-2.

BOLD next plays Minnewaska at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Glenwood. Benson next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Montevideo.

BOLD (8-3) 40 32 — 72

BENSON (2-10) 22 34 — 56

BOLD - Scoring: Zane Boen 1, Jack Gross 3, Hudson Vosika 12, Ethan Sullivan 14, Cole Visser 11, Max Marks 16, Brayden Gass 11, Meyers 4  … 3-point shots: Gross 1, Vosika 4, Sullivan 2, Visser 3, Marks 2 … Rebound leaders: Gross 8, Vosika 7 … Assist leaders: Gross 8, Marks 5, Vosika 3, Sullivan 3 … Steal leaders: Vosika 4, Gross 2, Marks 2 ... Block leader: Sullivan 1

BENSON - Stats not available

Morris/CA 63, Montevideo 52

Morris/Chokio-Alberta overcame a 30-26 halftime deficit for the West Central Conference victory at Montevideo.

“I’m super of our guys,” Montevideo head coach Derek Webb said. “I think we’ve shown now we can compete with the best in our section if we play to our abilities, which we definitely did tonight.”

Jackson Loge, a 6-foot-8 senior headed to Augustana on a scholarship, had 21 points to lead the Tigers. Thomas Tiernan added 18 and Tyler Berling 10 for Morris/CA.

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The Tigers, ranked third in the state in Class AA, are now 3-0 in the conference. Montevideo fell to 2-1.

Justin Collins, Andrew Van Binsbergen and Mason Jerve all had 10 points for the Thunder Hawks.

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

Morris/CA (12-0) 26 37 — 63

Montevideo (5-4) 30 22 — 52

MORRIS/CA - Scoring: Durgin Decker 6, Tyler Berlinger 10, Cole Went 2, Brandon Jergenson 6, Thomas Tiernan 18, Jackson Loge 21  … 3-point shots: Jergenson 2, Tiernan 4 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 

MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Justin Collins 10, Andrew Van Binsbergen 10, Mason Jerve 10, Kaden Boike 8, Hunter Strand 7, Bradyn Schultz 7 … 3-point shots: Collins 2, Strand 1, Schultz 1 … Rebound leaders: Strand 6, Collins 6 … Assist leader: Van Binsbergen 6, Schultz 3 … Steal leaders: Van Binsbergen 2, Boike 2  ... Block leader: Collins 1

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