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The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team got an important Section 6A win on Friday night as the Chargers held down Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 57-48. The Chargers (12-8, 6-4) shot just 31 times from the field but hit on 58 percent of those (19-of-31), including five threes against the 12-6 Comets. "Their defense is sound," B-E head coach John Holsten said. "It's hard to find good shots, and the kids were patient in looking for them. We had seven kids play, and the lowest point total for any of them was five. That's pretty good. That means you have to guard them all."
More than 50 shots had been fired on net at the Runestone Community Center on Sunday afternoon with nothing to show for it until Tommy Giller got the puck on his stick late in the third.
The Alexandria boys hockey team will head into the Section 6A playoffs with a 15-7-3 regular season record after losing its finale 4-3 at East Grand Forks on Saturday. The Green Wave (14-7-2) jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one, thanks to goals from Tanner Mack and Nick Lund at even strength and from Coby Stauss on the power play. Ben Doherty added an even-strength goal at 12:41 that was unassisted.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria (13-5) 60, Buffalo (5-16) 44 Minnewaska (9-11) 54, Lakeview (9-11) 49 GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria (19-3) 67, Buffalo (12-9) 51 Ashby (2-17) 56, Bertha-Hewitt (3-17) 44
The West Central Area boys basketball team took one of the top teams in the 6A South down to the wire at the University of Minnesota-Morris on Saturday, but Ortonville held on for a 42-40 win over the Knights. The Trojans (16-3) led 23-22 at the half before WCA scored the first eight points of the second half. The Knights still led 39-36 with less than three minutes left, but Ortonville created some turnovers and secured the two-point win in the end.
BLIZZARD HOCKEY Granite City at Alexandria, 3 p.m.
The New Ulm Steel came to Alexandria and handed the Blizzard a 3-0 shutout on Friday night. New Ulm outshot Alexandria 29-26 and scored once in each period to secure the win.
The Osakis wrestling team finished seventh at the Albany Purple Pride Invite on Friday night with 76.5 points out of the eight-team field. Hutchinson won the tournament with 228 points. Becker was second at 187.5 and Albany had 177 to finish third.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brainerd 76, Alexandria 53 Brandon-Evansville 57, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 48 Parkers Prairie 73, Rothsay 49 GIRLS BASKETBALL West Central Area 58, Battle Lake 40
The Montevideo boys basketball team build a 24-11 lead by the break and held on after both offenses got going in a 61-51 win over Minnewaska on Friday. The Lakers shot just 36 percent (17-46) and 3-of-21 from three. Matt Gruber and Jackson Johnsrud both had 12 points for Minnewaska, while Jake Peters added 10 points and 13 rebounds.