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The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team had a nine-point halftime lead disappear on Tuesday night as Hancock battled back in its own gym to win 55-48. Hancock outscored the Chargers 37-21 after halftime. "We built a double-digit lead in the second half, but they have a pretty good player who started hitting shots from all over the court to get them back in the game," B-E assistant coach Jeff Anderson said. "We turned the ball over at key moments and they converted those into points and hit their free throws as we tried to extend the game."
The Alexandria girls Nordic ski team had visions of trying to capture a top two finish at the Section 8 meet at Maplelag on Tuesday but ran into a field of competitors that were ready to brave some cold and windy weather conditions. The Cardinal girls ended up sixth as a team at the meet, finishing with 312 points. Little Falls won the section with 386, while Bemidji took second at 370 to join the Flyers in qualifying for the state meet as a team.
The Alexandria girls basketball team suffered its first loss of 2017 as the Cardinals (18-3) went to Moorhead and fell in a 64-51 final. The Spuds (15-6) are a good Class 4A team and they got 18 points from junior guard Sam Haiby to lead them to the win. Moorhead led 26-23 at the half.
The Osakis boys basketball team is still within striking distance of a Prairie Conference title after taking care of another league foe in a 70-54 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Tuesday. The Silverstreaks (13-4, 7-1 Prairie) jumped on the Thunder (5-11, 3-5 Prairie) from the get-go, building a 34-19 lead by the break. They shot 56 percent (28-50) to thwart LPGE's comeback attempts.
The Alexandria Aces youth performance basketball team has fewer numbers than they often do this season, but are still getting scheduled to perform at some major venues. The Aces will be in Alexandria this Saturday, Feb. 11, to perform at the Winter Lakes Classic when the Alexandria girls host Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. and the Cardinal boys face Buffalo at 8.
The Little Falls boys hockey team already had two power play goals and had cut its deficit to 4-2 early in the third period at Alexandria on Tuesday night.
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria vs. Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. WCA at CGB, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alexandria at Moorhead, 7:30 p.m. WCA vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Verndale, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. ACGC, 7:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL Parkers Prairie vs. Browerville-Eagle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Litchfield, 6 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Osakis at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Ashby at Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m.
The Minnewaska boys basketball team halted a three-game skid with a 65-55 win at Benson on Friday night. The Lakers (8-9) shot 50 percent from the field (21-42) and hit 20-of-27 free throws. Four players finished in double figures as Dannis VanDyke led the way with 16 to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Matt Gruber had 13 points, while Garrett Jensen and Jake Peters each had 10. MINNEWASKA 32 33 - 65 BENSON 25 30 - 55
The West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville wrestling team won the Park Region Conference Tournament on Saturday in relatively dominant fashion with 215 points. Royalton-Upsala was second at 151.5 and Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie was third at 143.5. Osakis had three wrestlers compete in their individual weight class title matches but was last as a team in ninth place with 79 points.