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Boys basketball: Lakers one win away from a state tournament

The top-seeded Minnewaska Lakers and the second-seeded New London-Spicer Wildcats

battled for a place in the Section 3, Class AA title game last Saturday night.

The Wildcats took a 31-25 lead at the half. But the Lakers responded in the final 18 minutes with a 43-point half, taking the game by just two points in a 68-66 final.

The Lakers shots at 51 percent, hitting 13-of-18 from the line. The Wildcats hit 43 percent of their attempts from the field and made 11-of-15 free throws.

Minnewaska sophomore Grant Jensen hit 8-of-11 shots from the field and 5-of-7 free throws for a team-leading 21 points. Senior Jackson Johnsrud followed closely behind with 20 points.

Junior Brandon Adelman had a game-leading 35 points for the Wildcats.

Senior Matt Gruber was the third Minnewaska athlete hitting double figures with 12 points. Senior Garrett Jensen grabbed a team-leading 13 rebounds. Johnsrud snagged six boards and Gruber had five.

The Wildcats end their season 19-9.

The Lakers (20-7) head to the championship game at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall where they'll play Pipestone Area High (19-10), the second-seed from the south-subsection. The title game is set for Thursday at 8 p.m.

Minnewaska has not been to the boys basketball state tournament since 2001.

MINNEWASKA - 25 43 - 68

NEW LONDON-SPICER - 31 35 - 66

MINNEWASKA TOTALS - FG - 25-49; Three point FG - 5-16; Free throw - 13-18; Assists - 11; Rebounds - 34; Steals - 3; Turnovers - 12

MINNEWASKA - Jackson Johnsrud - 20 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds; Jack Blevins - 1 rebound, 1 steal; Ryan Christianson - 5 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound; Grant Jensen - 21 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds; Ryan Amundson - 2 rebounds; Luke Barkeim - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Matt Gruber - 12 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Garrett Jensen - 8 points, 13 rebounds, 1 steal; Shawn Carsten - 1 assist

NLS TOTALS - FG - 25-58; Three point FG - 5-19; Free throw - 11-15

NLS SCORING - Brandon Adelman - 35 points; Ryan Wyganowski - 3 points; Jonathan Kaelke - 2 points; Jake Schmidt - 2 points; Tristan Thompson - 4 points; Ander Arnold - 14 points; Caleb Maxwell - 2; Brandon Harlow - 4 points

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