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Boys basketball: WCA head coach Kraig Hunter wins 400th career game; B-E falls to Park Christian

WCA head coach Kraig Hunter earned his 400th career win on Friday as West Central Area defeated Minnewaska 80-46.

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WCA head Kraig Hunter (holding sign) celebrates with the West Central Area boys basketball team at Minnewaska on Feb. 18, 2023, after winning his 400th career game. WCA won the game 80-46.
Contributed photo by Kraig Hunter

The West Central Area boys basketball team played a solid all-around game on Friday against Minnewaska, leading to an 80-46 win, giving head coach Kraig Hunter the 400th win of his coaching career.

"The ball was moving, and we had a lot of assisted baskets," Hunter said. "We had a very active defense, and we were very balanced in scoring, rebounds, assists, and defensive contributions."

WCA connected on 11-of-24 three-pointers and 7-of-13 free throws. Minnewaska shot 16-45 from the field, including 12-of-28 from the three-point line.

The Knights had a 34-22 edge on the glass.

Mitch Dewey finished with a team-high 15 points, while Jacob Strunk had 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Bryce Kjsebo had 10 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two steals, while Nas Dotts finished with two points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

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"I thought Jacob Strunk, Bryce Kjesbo, and Nas Dotts all had good all-around floor games," Hunter said.

Cole Anderson finished with 11 points and five assists, while Cam Anderson added 11 points and two assists.

Ben Bye finished with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and nine rebounds, while Damon Sanstead had four points and six rebounds. Brett Amundson finished with one point and three rebounds, and Sam Hanson scored one point.

The Knights are now 15-7 (8-4 West Central Conference) and are in a three-way tie for second in the West Central Conference with Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (17-6, 8-4 WCC) and Melrose (13-9, 8-4 WCC) behind Sauk Centre (15-6, 10-2 WCC).

For Minnewaska (1-22, 0-13 WCC), Hunter Kloos had 21 points, while Connor Frey and Tenzin Dahl had six. Marc Gruber and Luke Danielson finished with three, James Ward, Dylan Alexander, and Noah Palmer had two, and Zach Palmer had one.

WCA hosts Benson (6-16, 2-11 WCC) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m., while Minnewaska hosts Melrose.

Park Christian sets the pace in win over B-E

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B-E's Dezmond White drives the ball to the basket during the first half of the team's 83-61 loss to Border West on Feb. 14, 2023. White had 15 points in the game. White had 27 points in B-E's 73-47 loss to Park Christian on Feb. 17, 2023.
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The Park Christian Falcons (9-13, 5-5 Section 6A) set its pace in a win on Friday over Brandon-Evansville (6-15, 4-11 Section 6A).

"They set the tempo on both ends of the floor and dictated most of this game," B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. "I thought we had a couple of guys who played well on both sides of the floor, but for the most part, we settled too much offensively and did not communicate well defensively. We need to be more willing to do uncomfortable things when we play against teams like that."

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Dezmond White paced the B-E offense with 27 points, Micah Fuller added eight, Brady Perleberg had seven, Tanner Riedel had three, and Kian Gackle had two.

B-E hosts Battle Lake (18-4, 16-3 Section 6A) on Monday at 7:15 p.m.

Other area scores from Friday, Feb. 17, 2023 (stats not yet available) -

BOYS BASKETBALL -
Alexandria (16-4) 86, St. Cloud Apollo (1-20) 57
Parkers Prairie (8-11) 78, Rothsay (3-19) 45

GIRLS BASKETBALL -
Parkers Prairie (10-13) 47, Browerville-Eagle Valley (10-14) 43

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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