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Boys basketball roundup: Underwood no match for West Central Area's depth; Grove, Hoskins guide Alexandria

Knights move to 11-2, while Parkers Prairie holds off Brandon-Evansville on Saturday.

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West Central Area senior Ryder Staples goes to the basket against Underwood on Jan. 22, 2022. Staples led the Knights over the Rockets with a team-high 21 points.
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The West Central Area boys basketball team got its offense going in a big way on Saturday afternoon as the Knights improved to 11-2 with an 83-48 win over Underwood (2-12).

WCA led 53-31 at halftime. The Knights shot 51% overall and forced 32 turnovers by the Rockets.

“Underwood is a skilled young team that can really shoot the ball well,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “The difference was that we got up twice as many shots since we were able to get 15 offensive rebounds and forced 32 turnovers."

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West Central Area junior guard Cole Anderson gets free in the open court against Underwood on Jan. 22, 2022. Anderson had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Knights' win over the Rockets.
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Four players finished in double figures for the Knights with Ryder Staples leading the way with 21. Cole Anderson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Nas Dotts and Cam Anderson finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

WCA 83, UNDERWOOD 48

TOTALS - WCA - FG - 36-70; Three-point FG - 8-22; FT - 3-5; Rebounds - 33; Turnovers - 13; Underwood - FG - 18-35; Three-point FG - 7-15; FT - 5-11; Rebounds - 21; Turnovers - 32

WCA - Ryder Staples - 21 points, 4 steals, 3 assists; Cole Anderson - 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Nas Dotts - 14 points, 7 assists, 6 steals; Cam Anderson - 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals; Mitch Dewey - 9 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Bryce Kjesbo - 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist; Roman Mihailovschi - 3 points, 1 rebound; Brett Amundson - 2 points; Isaac Kreft - 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Damon Sanstead - 2 rebounds; Dane Anderson - 1 rebound; Brady Lindquist - 1 rebound; Brayden Stark - 1 rebound; Tyler Biss - 1 rebound

UNDERWOOD SCORING - Cole Peterson - 12; Kaleb Hammes - 12; Gavin Pausch - 7; Owen Harig - 6; Evan Lundgren - 6; Hudson Risbrudt - 3; Drew Evavold - 2

Grove, Hoskins lead Alexandria over St. Peter

Alexandria sophomore forward Grayson Grove and senior point guard Kristen Hoskins combined for 45 points in helping the Cardinals to a 71-63 win over St. Peter (7-9) on Friday night.

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The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Alexandria as the Cardinals improved to 10-3 overall.

Hoskins had 19 of his 25 points in the second half, while Grove put up 12 by halftime and finished with 20.

The Cardinals host a Section 8-3A game against Detroit Lakes (3-8) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

ALEXANDRIA 71, ST. PETER 63

ALEXANDRIA SCORING - Carter Steffensmeier - 4; Will Heydt - 5; Myles Sansted - 8; Wyatt Odland - 3; Kristen Hoskins - 25; Erik Hedstrom - 2; Zach Gundberg - 2; Grayson Grove - 20; Elijah Vanderveer - 2

Panthers hold of Brandon-Evansville

Parkers Prairie held off Brandon-Evansville on Saturday in a Little Eight Conference matchup.

The Panthers (7-5, 4-2 LEC) won 56-51 against the Chargers (5-7, 1-4 LEC).

“We missed shots tonight from everywhere,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “We struggled with looks that we like to get, so that's unfortunate. Parkers played hard and knocked down some big shots at key times in the game.”

Titus Fuller had a team-high 15 points for B-E. Dezmond White added 12, and Tyler Bitzan finished with 11. Micah Fuller (7), Riley Perleberg (3) and Lucas Fuller (3) rounded out the scoring for the Chargers.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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