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Boys basketball: Alexandria will host the 5A championship between BBE and Browerville

The Section 5A boys’ basketball title game that was moved to Alexandria tonight from the original location of Crosby-Ironton High School is on as scheduled despite school closings for the two programs involved.

The move was made earlier this week in anticipation of the big crowds that are expected for this game. The Jefferson High School gymnasium can hold close to 2,500 people compared to less than 1,700 in Crosby-Ironton. 

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Browerville were both closed today after a rain came through parts of the area and created slippery road conditions this morning. The Sauk Centre Herald posted an update on its website stating that the decision to play the game was then in the hands of section and Minnesota State High School League officials and not left up to school administrators at Browerville or BBE.

Alexandria Athletic Director Dr. David Hartmann said the decision was made to play the game as scheduled today with a 7 p.m. tip-off. It will likely be the last game ever played at the Jefferson High School gymnasium. That was originally thought to be the case this past Tuesday night when the Alexandria girls beat Detroit Lakes in overtime of the 8AAA quarterfinals.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa has been a perennial power in Class A the last few years and is currently ranked number one in the state with a 27-1 record. The Jaguars’ only loss this year came against AAAA power Apple Valley and Duke University signee Tyus Jones.

Browerville is 21-5 this season. The Tigers played BBE earlier this year, where the Jaguars won 87-62 on January 25.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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