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Warriors scorch Fergus Falls with red-hot shooting from downtown

WILLMAR -- Ridgewater was simply incredible from deep Wednesday night, making 14-of-16 3-pointers in the first half of an 87-56 drubbing of M State-Fergus Falls, an amazing 88 percent.

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Ridgewater’s Jack Turnbull, right, lets a 3-pointer go over M State-Fergus Falls’ Chany Pal early in the first half of the Warriors’ 87-56 win Wednesday in Willmar. Turnbull led all players with 24 points, all of them coming off eight 3-pointers. (Photo by Jacob Kuyvenhoven - Tribune)

WILLMAR - Ridgewater was simply incredible from deep Wednesday night, making 14-of-16 3-pointers in the first half of an 87-56 drubbing of M State-Fergus Falls, an amazing 88 percent.

The shooting propelled the Warriors to a 55-18 lead at halftime, and they at one point led 50-7. They finished the game making 20 of their 31 attempts from deep.

The team had actually been in a bit of a slump from 3-point range by their lofty standards leading up to the game.

“We made 11-of-34 last game, and I would’ve taken that no question before the season,” said Ridgewater coach Darren Tighe before the game.

“But we had that stretch earlier this year where we just couldn’t miss, and now 11-of-34 doesn’t seem like enough.”

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A couple hours later after the Warriors shot the lights out again, Tighe was obviously pretty happy with the effort.

“We shot the ball extremely well” he said. “This was a great win for the team.”

Jack Turnbull had 24 points, all coming off 3-point shots, where he made 8-of-10. Akeem Oglesby was 9-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from behind the long line to score 22 points. Nick Kubesh and Marvin Perkins Jr. also both nailed multiple 3-pointers.

Ridgewater scored just six of its points in the paint and drew only four free throws, but there was no need to even try to score inside with such insane shooting.

Jerry Desilien scored 14 points to lead the Spartans and Chany Pal had 10.

Ridgewater will look to secure the MCAC South Division’s second seed in the state tournament when it plays St. Cloud Tech at home on Saturday in the regular-season finale.

Ridgewater 87, M State-Fergus Falls 56

M State-FF (8-18) 18 38 - 56
Ridgewater (19-7) 55 32 - 87

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M State-Fergus Falls
Scoring: Dakotah Kashmark 7, Derrick Jackson 9, Jerry Desilien 14, Tyler Owen 5, Ed Guyton 2 Jay Zimmerman 4, Grant Yohnke 5, Chany Pal 10 … 3-point shots: Kashmark 1, Desilien 2, Owen 1, Pal 1 … Rebound leaders: Pal 7 … Assist leaders: N/A … Steal leaders: Jackson 2

Ridgewater
Scoring: Marvin Perkins Jr. 6, Greg Thirdkill 4, Dazhown Coleman 6, Jonathan Grafton 2, Devin Fostervold 2, Darien Dacres 3, Taylor DeLaughter 3, Jack Miller 6, Nick Kubesh 9, Jack Turnbull 24, Akeem Oglesby 22 … 3-point shots: Perkins 2, Dacres 1, DeLaughter 1, Miller 1, Kubesh 3, Turnbull 8, Oglesby 4 … Rebound leaders: Grafton 4, Turnbull 4, Oglesby 4 … Assist leaders: Coleman 5, Kubesh 3 … Steal leaders: Kubesh 2, Oglesby 2

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