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Boys basketball roundup: Brandon-Evansville tops CGB, Minnewaska outlasts Benson

Brandon-Evansville earns senior night victory, while Minnewaska beats Benson for the second time this season.

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The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team (14-11, 9-7 Section 6A) picked up another section win on Tuesday by defeating Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (3-19, 3-11 Section 6A) 69-61 on Senior Night.

“I am so grateful for everything (seniors) Tyler Bitzan and Titus Fuller have done for our program and it was really fun honoring them in front of our home crowd,” Brandon-Evansville head coach Trent Hintermeister said.

Bitzan led the Chargers in scoring with 23 points, while Fuller added 16. Just one night removed from hitting the go-ahead three with two seconds left to beat Parkers Prairie, junior guard Dezmond White finished with 18 points on Tuesday.

The Chargers had to come from behind to beat the Wolverines.

“CGB came out red hot from the 3-point line,” Hintermeister said. “They were making almost every shot they took and I thought our guys did a nice job just battling through it. We missed a lot of shots early, including some layups. We regrouped at halftime, being down 11, and then played a much better second half.”

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Rounding out the scoring for the Chargers, Micah Fuller had four points, Brady Perleberg had three points, Tanner Riedel finished with three and Riley Perleberg added two points.

B-E has won its last five out of six games, all against section opponents. B-E sits at sixth out of the 10 teams in the Section 6A South (QRF rankings on Minnesota-scores.net.)

On Thursday, the Chargers round out the regular season with a game at Wheaton-Herman-Norcross. The Warriors (15-8, 11-2 Section 6A) are fifth in Section 6A South. Tip-off on Thursday is at 4:30 p.m. in Herman.

Minnewaska ends the regular season with a win

For the second time this season, the Minnewaska Lakers (4-22, 2-9 Section 3AA) have defeated the Benson Braves (3-22, 1-4 Section 3AA), with Minnewaska winning 60-57 on Tuesday.

Minnewaska beat Benson 65-49 on Jan. 31.

The Lakers had a balanced offensive attack with four players scoring in double figures. Ethan Quelle led all scorers with 16 points.

Minnewaska’s offensive production was consistent throughout the game as it scored 30 points in each half. The Lakers made 16 free throws in the win.

Damon Uhde made nine free throws and finished with 11 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Hunter Kostelecky finished with a double-double, 15 points and 11 rebounds.

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Minnewaska now heads to the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Section 3AA North and faces top-seeded Morris Area-Chokio Alberta on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Minnewaska - 30 30 - 60

Benson - 25 32 - 57

MINNEWASKA TOTALS: FG - 20-46, 3PT - 4-12, FT - 16-26; Assists - 13, Rebounds - 37, Steals - 7; Fouls - 17; Turnovers -19

MINNEWASKA - Tate Reichmann - 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Ethan Quelle - 16 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Jack Marjerus - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Jack Larson - 3 points; Damon Udhe - 11 points, 8 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal; Hunter Kloos - 13 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, 1 steal; Hunter Kosteleck - 15 points, 2 assists, 11 rebounds; Paul Johnson - 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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