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The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team saw its goal of guaranteeing a Little Eight Conference championship fall one point short in a 49-48 loss to Underwood on Thursday night. Both teams came into the game with two losses in LEC play. The Chargers (14-9, 9-3) can still finish in a tie for the league title with the Rockets (14-8, 9-2), having to go up against Parkers Prairie (13-9) in their final conference game on Tuesday night.
The Minnewaska boys basketball team ran into a rough shooting night as the Lakers dropped a 50-30 game to a very good Melrose team on Thursday. The Dutchmen are 24-2 and have won 11 straight games now after holding the Lakers to 33 percent shooting (12-of-36). That included a 4-of-16 night from three and just two points from the free throw line. Minnewaska trailed by only one point at the half, but was outscored by Melrose 31-12 in the final 18 minutes.
The Alexandria girls basketball team made easy work of another Central Lakes Conference team on Thursday as the Cardinals beat Sauk Rapids-Rice 60-25 on the road. The Cardinals (17-6, 13-1 CLC) showed how big of a gap there is near the top of the conference after the third-place Storm (15-8, 9-5 CLC) had no answer for them for a second time this season. "Our defensive intensity was too much for the Storm as we pushed the tempo to a frenetic pace," Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said.
The Alexandria boys basketball team swept the season series with Detroit Lakes on Thursday night as the Cardinals beat the Lakers 54-48. Both teams are right next to each other in the QRF rankings in Section 8-3A, with the Cardinals (17-8) set to get the second seed and the Lakers (19-7) well positioned to get the third with Sauk Rapids-Rice (14-11) not far behind.
The Osakis girls basketball team got the taste of a playoff atmosphere on Thursday and rose to the challenge through pressure situations all night. The Silverstreaks hosted Class A’s eighth-ranked...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alexandria 54, Detroit Lakes 48 The Alexandria boys basketball team swept the season series with Detroit Lakes on Thursday night as the Cardinals beat the Lakers 54-48. Both...
BOYS BASKETBALL Alex vs. Detroit Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Henning, 7:30 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Sebeka, 7:15 p.m. Minnewaska at Melrose Area, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Alex at Sauk...
The Alexandria boys basketball team fell to 9-6 in the Central Lakes Conference after dropping a 52-49 game against Sauk Rapids-Rice (14-11, 7-8 CLC) on Tuesday. The Cardinals (16-8) shot 34 percent (17-of-49) with Jaran Roste scoring a team-high 14 points. Spencer Hockert had 10 and Jared Lind and Alec Wensman each added eight. The Cardinals welcomed in Detroit Lakes Thursday before wrapping up the regular season at St. Cloud Tech Friday. GAME SUMMARY Sauk Rapids-Rice 52, Alexandria 49
The Osakis boys basketball team lost to St. John's Prep for the second time this season as the Silverstreaks fell in love with the three-point shot in a 58-48 loss on Tuesday night. Osakis shot 42 threes, hitting just eight of them for a 19-percent shooting night from beyond the arc. The Silverstreaks went 10-of-27 from two and 4-of-11 from the free-throw line.
The Swanville boys basketball team persevered over West Central Area as the Bulldogs outscored the Knights 13-6 in overtime to win 57-50 in Prairie-Conference play. Swanville's 6-foot-10 center Bennett Primus scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He was one of four Swanville players in double figures as Charlie Kurowski had 13, Lawrence Mettler 12 and Sam Mettler 11.