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Area boys' basketball teams are done

Battle Lake 51, Brandon-Evansville 30 The Brandon-Evansville boys' basketball team fell behind 24-5 by halftime and could not claw its way back in a 51-30 loss to Battle Lake in the Section 6A Tournament. Adam Marso and Alex Ukkelberg combined fo...

Battle Lake 51, Brandon-Evansville 30

The Brandon-Evansville boys' basketball team fell behind 24-5 by halftime and could not claw its way back in a 51-30 loss to Battle Lake in the Section 6A Tournament.

Adam Marso and Alex Ukkelberg combined for 35 points for the Battlers to lead them to victory. Trent Hintermeister was the only Charger player in double figures. He had 13.

Brandon-Evansville could not overcome the offensive woes in the first half. The Chargers had just two field goals in the opening 18 minutes.

"Once we got behind and it became more and more difficult to make shots, we lost focus defensively," head coach John Holsten said. "Battle Lake was able to get to the basket off the dribble and get numerous second-shot opportunities from offensive rebounds. Battle Lake was very much the better team tonight."

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The loss ends the season for the Chargers. They finished the season losing their last seven games and ended up with a 5-20 overall record.

GAME STATISTICS

BATTLE LAKE 24 27 - 51

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 5 25 - 30

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE LEADERS - Trent Hintermeister - 13 points; Sean Henneman - 5 rebounds; Josh Guetter - 5 rebounds

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 68, Parkers Prairie 47

The top-seeded Wolverines of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley ended Parkers Prairie's season Thursday night with a 68-47 win in Section 6A tournament action.

The Panthers were without their leading scorer, Thomas Alton, who suffered a broken ankle in Wednesday night's win over Ashby.

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Parkers Prairie 51, Ashby 50

Ryan Peppersack hit one of two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to give the Parkers Prairie boys' basketball team a 51-50 win over Ashby in the opening round of the tournament.

The Arrows built an 11-point lead in the first half, but the Panthers never let it get out of hand. Ashby went into the half up by six but could not hold on in the final 18 minutes.

It was a back and forth battle for much of that second half. There were 12 lead changes and six ties in the game.

"Once again, our guys gave it their best effort," Ashby head coach Ryan Risbrudt said. "All season, I could never complain about our effort. It makes it a lot easier to coach kids who are willing to work hard at all times, especially when we didn't necessarily get as many wins as we would've liked this year."

The free throw Peppersack hit to win it was only part of a good game for the sophomore guard. He led the Panthers with 16 points, while Dustin Rawlings finished with 13 points.

Senior Kurtis Mickelson led the Arrows' attack with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Mickelson ends his career at Ashby as the school's all-time leading scorer at 1,204 points. Jordan Lillemon also had a good game with 17 points and seven rebounds.

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Ashby ends the season with an overall record of 6-18.

GAME SUMMARY

ASHBY 27 23 - 50

PARKERS PRAIRIE 21 30 - 51

ASHBY LEADERS - Kurtis Mickelson - 20 points, 17 rebounds; Jordan Lillemon - 17 points, 7 rebounds

PARKERS PRAIRIE LEADERS - Ryan Peppersack - 16 points; Dustin Rawlings - 13 points

Benson 69, Minnewaska 66 OT

The Minnewaska boys' basketball team found itself on the wrong side of an incredible game-winning shot in the opening round of the Section 6AA-South playoffs last Thursday night.

John Whittemore tied the game at 66 apiece in overtime on two free throws with 2.9 seconds left. That set up the heroics for Aaron Lindahl, who heaved a three-quarters court shot and watched it drop as the buzzer rang.

It was a fitting ending to what was a great game between the two West Central South Conference rivals. Pierce Peters hit a 12-footer with 25 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime at 62 apiece.

Neither team could get much going offensively in the extra frame. The two free throws for Whittemore were the Lakers' third and fourth points of the extra frame. That looked like it would be enough to send it into a second overtime, though. Lindahl's shot proved otherwise, sending his team into a frenzy and on to the next round.

Pierce Peters ended a great career for Minnewaska with nine points against the Braves. Shane Bosek led the way offensively with 20 points. Whittemore and Brady Johnsrud also added 11 to help keep the Lakers in the game.

The season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion for Minnewaska. The Lakers ended up with an 11-14 overall record, but were playing good basketball coming into the tournament. They won five of their last six games of the regular season and finished sixth in conference play with a 7-9 record.

GAME STATISTICS

MINNEWASKA 31 31 4 - 66

BENSON 34 28 7 - 69

MINNEWASKA LEADERS - Mike Whittemore - 11 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal; Cory Holten - 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal; Brady Johnsrud - 11 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Jake Mikkelson - 7 points, 1 rebound; Ryan Kleven - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Shane Bosek - 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block; Ben Peters - 4 points, 3 assists, 1 steal; Pierce Peters - 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 assist, 1 steal

Breckenridge 67, West Central Area 42

The West Central Area boys' basketball team could not overcome a 31 percent shooting night against second-seeded Breckenridge as the Cowboys pulled away for a 67-42 win in the opening round of the Section 6AA playoffs last Thursday night.

West Central Area kept the game close through part of the first half. It was a 16-14 lead for the Cowboys before they went on an 8-0 run to open things up. During that stretch the Knights missed two free throws and a lay-up that gave Breckenridge a boost.

"Had we converted on those two possessions, we could have still been in a close game at the half," head coach Kraig Hunter said. "We missed, and they came back with a three-pointer and a lay-up.

The Cowboys closed the half on a 7-5 run to take a 12-point lead into the break. They used a balanced attack on offense and a stingy defense to extend that lead in the second half. The Knights were held without a three-point field goal in the game and shot just 16 of 51 from the field.

Sam Richards led West Central Area with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Alan Strom also recorded double figures in his final game in a Knights' uniform with 10 points.

The Knights will have to replace five seniors from this year's team. They end the season with an 11-14 record and a 6-12 mark in the Heart O' Lakes Conference.

"I really cherished this year coaching our five seniors, Brent Anderson, Eric Erickson, Donald Lacey, Alan Strom and Dylan Wevley," Hunter said. "As I said in the preseason, they are not big in size but have big hearts.

"They came to practice to learn and work hard every day. All five of them are three-sport athletes, and they are also very good people off the court. They are the kind of people that make our program proud. I can see all of them being very successful in their futures."

GAME STATISTICS

WCA 19 23 - 42

BRECKENRIDGE 33 34 - 67

WCA LEADERS - Sam Richards - 14 points, 13 rebounds; Alan Strom - 10 points, 2 steals; Donald Lacey - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks; Bryce Olson - 2 points; Jake Boeddeker - 2 points; Logan Pfingsten - 2 points; Tucker Belgum - 2 points; Beau Kashmark - 2 points; Dylan Wevley - 2 points; Eric Erickson - 1 point

TEAM STATISTICS - Rebounds - WCA - 28; Turnovers - WCA - 11, Breckenridge - 8; Field Goals - WCA - 16-51; Three-Point Field Goals - WCA - 0-9; Free Throws - WCA - 10-17, Breckenridge - 8-12; Fouls - WCA - 18; Breckenridge - 19

Staples-Motley 90, Osakis 50

The Staples-Motley boys' basketball team had 12 players score last Thursday night as the Cardinals dealt Osakis a tough blow to end the Silverstreaks' season with a 90-50 loss.

Adam Sadlemyer led all scorers with 27 points, but it was not near enough to overcome the offensive attack of Staples-Motley. Jordan Riewer led the Cardinals with 26 points, and Jordan Peterson added 14.

"I can't question my team's effort," Osakis head coach Chris Stroup said. "We are a solid team that works hard, but Staples has an outstanding group of basketball players that do many things well. Our guys went and played hard, but Staples is just better than us. Simple. It is a good indication of how far we have to go in order to compete at the AA level."

Staples-Motley has put up points with ease through much of the season. They scored a season-high 108 in a win over Cass Lake-Bena on January 3 and have scored more than 80 nine times this year.

That offense was on full display last Thursday night as the Cardinals built a 21-point lead at the break by putting up 50 in the first half. They kept coming in the second on their way to the runaway victory.

Sadlemyer was the only player in double figures for Osakis. Tony Roggenbuck and Andrew Nack each scored six in the game as the Silverstreaks shot just 34 percent from the field.

"Adam Sadlemyer gave us a second solid game (in a row)," Stroup said. "That is a good sign as it is a rock to build on for next year. Jake Friedrichs came off the bench and did a pretty nice job defensively on Jordan Riewer as well as hitting his free throws."

Osakis wrapped up its second season at the Class AA level this year with a 13-13 overall record. The Silverstreaks added another Prairie Conference title this year with a 10-2 mark. It was the sixth straight season that they have finished with at least a share of the conference championship.

Making the jump from Class A to Class AA has not been an easy transition. The Silverstreaks played a tough non-conference schedule this year as they continue to try and catch up to some of the top teams at the AA level.

"This team showed a lot of character over 26 games," Stroup said. "They stood up against the toughest competition our program has ever seen with teams like Staples, Morris, Albany and ACGC, and they continued to work hard despite setbacks. We are proud of them."

Osakis will have to replace three seniors next season in Trent Lueth and starters Matt Laven and Andrew Nack. Nack showed great strides in his game this season, both offensively and defensively, in the post for Osakis. Laven has been a consistent floor leader for the Silverstreaks and been a steady outside scoring threat over his career.

"[All three seniors] have meant a lot to our program, both on and off the court," Stroup said. "They will be truly missed."

GAME STATISTICS

STAPLES-MOTLEY 50 40 - 90

OSAKIS 29 21 - 50

OSAKIS LEADERS - Andrew Nack - 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block; Matt Laven - 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists; Adam Sadlemyer - 27 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, 1 steal; Tony Roggenbuck - 6 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Devin Waldvogel - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists; Jake Friedrichs - 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Brad Parson - 2 points

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