Area Boys Basketball Roundup: Willmar owns the glass to beat St. Cloud...

Area Boys Basketball Roundup: Willmar owns the glass to beat St. Cloud Tech

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The Cardinals won the battle on the glass 44-28 en route to a 81-79 victory over the Tigers from St. Cloud Tech High School.

The Central Lakes Conference victory snapped Willmar’s three-game winning streak.

The visitors led 80-73 with 54 seconds remaining. Tech closed the deficit to 81-78 as Dontae Horshaw stood at the free-throw line with three seconds remaining. He made his first attempt and intentionally missed the second. Willmar senior guard Jacob Rosendahl nabbed the rebound to secure the win.

The road team shot 50.8% percent from the field and were 11 of 25 from three-point range. The Tigers shot 39.4 % from the floor, but stayed in the games thanks to forcing 18 turnovers. Devin Yeager put up a game-high 20 points for the home team. Kaiden Moua added 18 points.

Ross Minnick led the road team with 17 points by making all seven of his field goal attempts. Chase Dirksen had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Rosendahl finished with 13 points.

Minnick and Rosendahl each ended the night with five assists. Dirksen and Minnick each produced a pair of blocks.

Willmar is host to Brainerd at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in another CLC game.

Willmar (6-7) 40 41 — 81
St. Cloud Tech (3-10) 32 47 — 79
WILLMAR – Scoring: Hunter Magnuson 1, Jacob Rosendahl 13, Cayden Hansen 9, Chase Dirksen 16, Alex Schramm 8, Blake Schoolmeester 5, Sam Raitz 8, Ross Minnick 17, Aaron Watland 4 … 3-point shots: Rosendahl 3, Hansen 2, Schramm 2, Schoolmeester 1, Minnick 3 … Rebound leader: Dirksen 10 … Assist leader: Rosendahl 5, Minnick 5 … Steal leader: Hansen 2 … Block leader: Dirksen 2, Minnick 2, Watland 2
TECH – Scoring: Josh Carpenter 12, K.T. Norwood 5, Garrison Murray 8, Devin Yeager 20, Dontae Horshaw 11, Kaiden Moua 18, John Kaczor 11 … 3-point shots: Carpenter 4, Norwood 1, Murray 1, Yeager 2, Horshaw 1, Moua 4 … Rebound leader: Murray 7 … Assist leader: Norwood 2, Moua 2 … Steal leader: Murray 3, Moua 3 … Block leader: Yeager 1

Litchfield fell in a low-scoring affair at Rockford.

The Rockets defeated the Dragons 59-56 on Feb. 5

Avery Liestman led the visitors with 17 points. Ben Alsleben added 15 points, six rebounds and two steals. Each player drained a pair of 3-pointers.

Sam Zilmer had 16 points to pace the Rockets. Nolan Perry chipped in 15 points, four rebounds and four steals.

Litchfield is host to New London-Spicer at 7 p.m. Friday.

Litchfield (9-4) 28 22 — 50
Rockford (11-3) 33 22 — 55
LITCHFIELD – Scoring: Ben Alsleben 11, Tyson Michels 15, Avery Liestman 17, Alex Draeger 3, Beau Weseloh 2, Christian Kelsey 2 … 3-point shots: Alsleben 2, Michels 1, Liestman 2, Draeger 1 … Rebound leader: Michels 6 … Assist leader: Liestman 2 … Steal leader: Michels 2 … Block leader: none
ROCKFORD – Scoring: Joe London 5, Nolan Perry 15, Sam Zilmer 16, Derek Pepin 3, Ryan Boysen 13, Alex Altmann 3 … 3-point shots: London 1, Perry 1, Zilmer 2, Boysen 1 … Rebound leader: Boysen 4, Perry 4 … Assist leader: Perry 2 … Steal leader: Perry 4 … Block leader: none

Ben Peterson drilled six 3-pointers to guide Benson past Minnewaska at Glenwood.

The senior guard scored 18 of his 33 points in the second half and was the only Braves player to score in double figures. Cole Hedman and Abe Peterson contributed nine and eight points, respectively.

Aaron Ver Steeg had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers.

Minnewaska is scheduled to play Litchfield at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Glenwood. Benson is host to Morris/Chokio-Alberta on Thursday.

Benson (6-9) 24 34 — 58
Minnewaska (7-7) 26 27 — 53
BENSON – Scoring: Abe Peterson 8, Sam Lenarz 1, Cole Hedman 9, Matt Laumeyer 2, Ben Peterson 33, Juan Espinoza 5 … 3-point shots: A. Peterson 2, Hedman 1, B. Peterson 6 … Rebound leader: A. Peterson 4 … Assist leader: B. Peterson 3 … Steal leader: N/A … Block leader: Espinoza 1
MINNEWASKA – Scoring: Peyton Johnsrud 7, Mitchell Gruber 2, Sam Hested 4, Damon Uhde 2, Aaron Ver Steeg 17, Hunter Kostelecky 2, Brady Hoffman 19 … 3-point shots: Ver Steeg 2, Hoffman 1 … Rebound leader: Ver Steeg 8 … Assist leader: Uhde 2, Kostelecky 2 … Steal leader: Uhde 2 … Block leader: Hoffman 2

Melrose, ranked fifth in the state in Class AA, beat No. 10 Morris/Chokio-Alberta in Morris.

The Dutchmen are 14-0, having beaten the Tigers 82-49 on Feb. 2.

Jackson Loge had 22 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals for Morris/CA.

Melrose (14-0) 30 36 — 66
Morris/CA (12-2) 32 26 — 58
MELROSE – Stats not included
MORRIS/CA – Scoring: Durgin Decker 11, Cole Wente 2, Brandon Jergenson 9, Thomas Tiernan 8, Riley Reimers 4, Jackson Loge 22, Toby Gonnerman 2 … 3-point shots: Jergenson 3-3, Tiernan 2-4, Loge 3-6 … Rebound leaders: Loge 10, Decker 6 … Assist leaders: Jergenson 5, Gonnerman 5 … Steal leader: Loge 2 … Block leader: Loge 3

Five players scored in double figures for Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the team’s win at Kimball.

The Jaguars were ahead 50-24 at halftime and set a single-game season-high by racking up 89 points.

Kaden Pieper led the way with 22 points and six assists. Ashton Dingmann was right behind with 21 points and seven rebounds. Pieper and Dingmann each had four 3-pointers.

BBE got 12 points each from Peyton Winter and Ryan Schwinghammer. Luke Dingmann had 11 points and five steals.

Jack Knaus produced 18 points for the home team.

BBE plays at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Holdingford.

BBE (11-3) 50 39 — 89
Kimball (9-4) 24 30 — 54
BBE – Scoring: Kaden Pieper 22, Will VanBeck 5, Peyton Winter 12, Gannon Walsh 3, Ashton Dingmann 21, Luke Dingmann 11, Alex Hofmann 3, Ryan Schwinghammer 12 … 3-point shots: Pieper 4, VanBeck 1, Winter 2, Walsh 1, A. Dingmann 4, L. Dingmann 1, Hofmann 1 … Rebound leader: L. Dingmann 7 … Assist leader: VanBeck 7, Pieper 6 … Steal leader: L. Dingmann 5 … Block leader: A. Dingmann 1, Ben Thonvold 1
KIMBALL – Scoring: Jack Knaus 18, Hunter Hickman 6, Riley Albers 9, Simon Stang 12, Ty Gustafson 9 … 3-point shots: Alberg 3 … Rebound leader: Stang 6 … Assist leader: Gabe Becker 2, Gustafson 2 … Steal leader: N/A … Block leader: Hickman 1, Gustafson 1

Paynesville got balance scoring in its blowout win over Holdingford at Paynesville.

Corbin Froelich paced the Bulldogs with 17 points. Chase Bayer and Mitchell Bertram each had 14 points. Eli Nelson chipped in 12 points while Blayke Pung added 11.

Paynesville plays at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Holdingford (1-12) 24 17 — 41
Paynesville (8-6) 41 51 — 92
HOLDINGFORD – Scoring: Connor Patrick 3, Gerod Voller 4, Will Ethen 2, Blake Panek 9, Braden Bomgaars 11, Connor Klocker 5, Ryder Peterson 4, Tanner Tomasek 3 … 3-point shots: N/A … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A … Block leader: N/A
PAYNESVILLE – Scoring: Eli Nelson 12, Grayson Fuchs 2, Chase Bayer 14, Kadin Ludwig 2, Corbin Froelich 17, Max Athmann 3, Grant Ruchti 2, Bennett Evans 11, Blayke Pung 11, Mitchell Bertram 14, Gavin Miller 4 … 3-point shots: N/A … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A … Block leader: N/A

A seven-point lead at halftime gave Maple Lake the cushion it needed for a Central Minnesota Conference win over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in Maple Lake.

The Falcons host Paynesville at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

ACGC (2-11) 16 28 — 44
Maple Lake (4-10) 23 26 — 49

Maverick Conn had 18 points and Kaiden Allpress 15 as Lac qui Parle Valley remained unbeaten with the victory at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

LQPV is ranked third in the state in Class A.

Alex Call had 13 points and seven rebounds to pace the Fighting Saints.

LQPV plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. KMS is host to Central Minnesota Christian on Thursday.

LQPV (14-0) 25 29 — 54
KMS (4-10) 17 20 — 37
LQPV – Scoring: Mikey Elias 8, Kaiden Allpress 15, Evan Hegland 7, Hunter Conn 6, Maverick Conn 18 … 3-point shots: Elias 1, Allpress 5, Hegland 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A … Block leader: N/A
KMS – Scoring: Alex Call 13, Isaac Rudningen 7, Isaac Call 4, Jared Cortez 8, Gage Thorson 5 … 3-point shots: A. Call 2, Rudningen 1, Cortez 2 … Rebound leaders: A. Call 7, I. Call 5, Thorson 8 … Assist leader: Rudningen 2… Steal leaders: Rudningen 2, Thorson 2 … Block leader: none

Yellow Medicine East remains winless this season following its loss against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at Tracy.

Cody Dahlager had 11 points for the Sting.

YME plays host to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Granite Falls.

YME (0-14) 12 24 — 36
T-M-B (9-5) 32 37 — 69
YME – Scoring: Kyle Chase 3, Cody Dahlager 11, Isaac Jimenez 5, Tyler Nordaune 3, Tyler Syring 2, Nikson Knapper 3, Caleb Jans 4, Preston Berends 3, Tony Berthelsen 2 … 3-point shots: Chase 1, Dahlager 1, Nordaune 1, Knapper 1, Berends 1 … Rebound leader: Knapper 4 … Assist leader: Dahlager 2 … Steal leader: Jimenez 3 … Block leader: Dahlager 1
T-M-B – Stats not available

Montevideo pulled away in the second half of its win against Dawson-Boyd at Dawson.

The Thunder Hawks outscored the Blackjacks 38-28 in the final 18 minutes.

Landon Stock was the road team’s leading scorer with 22 points. Colby Buseman added 15 points and seven rebounds.

Micah Olson had 20 points to pace the hosts. Gauge Liebl contributed 19 points.

Montevideo plays host to New London-Spicer at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Dawson-Boyd plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at MACCRAY.

Montevideo (5-7) 37 38 — 75
D-B (2-12) 30 28 — 58
MONTEVIDEO – Scoring: Landon Stock 22, Colby Buseman 15, Bradyn Schultz 12, Kaden Boike 7, Andrew Vanbinsbergen 6, Hunter Strand 6, Cole Augeson 3, Justin Collins 2, Francis O’Malley 2 … 3-point shots: Stock 1, Boike 1, Augeson 1 … Rebound leader: Buseman 7 … Assist leader: Vanbinsbergen 3 … Steal leader: Buseman 2, Boike 2, Vanbinsbergen 2 … Block leader: Schultz 2
D-B – Scoring: Zeke Sather 6, Caleb Torke 2, Micah Olson 20, Gauge Liebl 19, Jordan Hastad 2, Keegon Wicht 7, Brayson Boike 2 … 3-point shots: Olson 4, Liebl 3, Wicht 1 … Rebound leader: Liebl 11 … Assist leader: Three with 1 … Steal leader: Four with 1 … Block leader: Sather 1



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