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Boys basketball: St. Cloud Tech hands Alexandria its first section loss

The Ferguson brothers, Tameron and Donald, combined for 49 points for the Tigers on Monday night as Tech forced 25 turnovers and ran to a 90-62 win.

Erik Hedstrom
Alexandria senior Erik Hedstrom shoots a three in a game against St. Cloud Tech in Alexandria on Dec. 17, 2021. Hedstrom had a team-high 16 points in the rematch between these two teams on Feb. 28, but the Tigers (14-8) put five players in double figures to win 90-62 on Monday and hand the Cardinals (18-5) their first loss in Section 8-3A play this season.

ST. CLOUD — The St. Cloud Tech boys basketball team has had its ups and downs this season where the Tigers have dropped some games they may like to have back, but they have also shown an ability to compete with almost anyone when at their best.

Monday was one of those nights where Tech was near its best. The Tigers (14-8, 9-4 Central Lakes Conference) had just dropped a 77-74 game at Willmar (6-18) on Saturday. They came back and handed Alexandria (18-5, 11-3 CLC) its first Section 8-3A loss of the season on Monday in an 90-62 win for the Tigers.

“We turned the ball over 25 times against Tech, obviously very poor with the basketball,” Alexandria head coach Forrest Witt said. “Our toughness and fight was nonexistent as well. Package that together while playing a solid opponent and you are in trouble.”

Sophomore Tameron Ferguson had a big game for the Tigers with 25 points, 8 steals and 4 assists. Donald Ferguson III had 24 points, while Garrison Murray (14), Devin Yeager (12) and Dontae Horshaw (13) added double figures as well.

Erik Hedstrom had 16 points and 6 rebounds for Alexandria, and Grayson Grove finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

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The win means a split in the season series for Alexandria and Tech after the Cardinals beat the Tigers on Dec. 17 in a 90-63 final.

The Cardinals are still well positioned in the Section 8-3A standings as they remain the top-seeded team right now through the QRF on Minnesota-scores.net.

Alexandria has three more games this week. Moorhead (13-11, Class 4A) comes to town on Tuesday night for a 7:30 start before Brainerd (15-9, Class 4A) is in Alexandria on Friday night at 7:15. The Cardinals then wrap up the regular season at Fergus Falls (8-14, Class AA) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

ST. CLOUD TECH 90, ALEXANDRIA 62

ALEXANDRIA - Zach Gundberg - 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Peter Sansted - 5 points, 4 assists; Elijah Vanderveer - 3 points, 3 rebounds; Myles Sansted - 2 rebounds, 3 assists; Erik Hedstrom - 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block; Jaxon Schoenrock - 3 points; Chase Thompson - 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Wyatt Odland - 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist; Carter Steffensmeier - 3 points, 3 rebounds; Dawson Roderick - 1 rebound; Will Heydt - 4 points, 3 rebounds; Grayson Grove - 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

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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