Adrian 40-29 = 69 RRC 47-39 = 86 After suffering a concussion in Monday's regular-season finale, there was considerable doubt as to whether or not Red Rock Central senior Jeff DeCock would play in the playoffs Saturday.
As it turns out, DeCock was cleared to play and wound up shattering a Red Rock Central single-game scoring record in the process, leading the Falcons to an 86-69 win over Adrian in the Section 3A playoffs Saturday at Worthington.
DeCock went 13-of-17 from the field and 16-of-16 from the line to finish with 42 points, breaking the RRC single-game scoring record of 39 held by Mark Engen.
The Falcons had a hard time putting the 11th-seeded Dragons away. RRC held a seven-point halftime lead in a high-scoring first half. While DeCock had 24 points at halftime, Adrian had drained seven three-pointers to keep things close.
But in the second half, the Falcons began to impose their will on defense. Adrian hit only one more three-pointer in the game and RRC's offense converted on the fast break and against Adrian's 3-2 zone.
Henry Rogotzke nearly finished with a quadruple-double for the Falcons with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 blocked shots.
As a team, RRC went 27-of-32 from the free throw line in the game, including 8-of-10 to seal the game in the final two minutes.
WWG 30-27 = 57 RTR 40-41 = 81 Westbrook-Walnut Grove put up a fight but Russell-Tyler-Ruthton had too many weapons Saturday, defeating the Chargers 81-57 in the Section 3A playoffs at Worthington.
The Chargers started the game hot from the field and were able to hang around by hitting four early three-pointers. But RTR eventually wore the Chargers down with a succession of three-pointers of its own late in the first half and early in the second.
The Chargers were able to trim the RTR lead to 41-37 early in the second half before a three-pointer, a conventional three-point play and a driving layup pushed the lead back for the Knights.
RTR had four players in double figures in the win.
Taylor Lindaman paced the Chargers with 12 points. Alex Knutson added 11 and Shane Buchman finished with 10.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. MLA: vs. Nicollet (at Mt. Lake), March 4 RRC: vs. RTR (at Worthington), March 7
Section 3A Schedule
Pigtail Round: Feb. 28 Ellsworth 74, Wabasso 60 WWG 70, MCC 45 Adrian 67, Edgerton 65 Lincoln HI 63, RCW 34 Central MN Christian 67, KMS 29 Lakeview 71, ECHO Charter 35
First Round: March 2 SW MN Christian 79, Ellsworth 45 HBC 72, Fulda 64 RTR 81, WWG 57 RRC 86, Adrian 69 Dawson-Boyd 63, Lincoln HI 35 Minneota 65, Ortonville 58 MACCRAY 59, Central MN Christian 51 Canby 69, Lakeview 46
Section Quarterfinals: March 7 #1S Southwest MN Christian vs. #4S Hills-Beaver Creek, 6 p.m. at Worthington #2S Russell-Tyler-Ruthton vs. #3S Red Rock Central, 7:30 p.m. at Worthington #1N Dawson-Boyd vs. #5N Minneota, 6 p.m. at SMSU (Marshall) #2N MACCRAY vs. #3N Canby, 7:30 p.m. at SMSU (Marshall)
Section Semifinals: March 9 at SMSU (Marshall) North finals, 12:30 p.m. South finals, 2:30 p.m.
Section Finals: March 14 at SMSU (Marshall) Section Finals, 5 p.m.
First Round: March 4 #8S Nicollet at #1S Mt. Lake Area, 7 p.m. #5S Southwestern United at #4S Mankato Loyola, 7 p.m. #7S Granada-Huntley-East Chain at #2S St. Clair, 7 p.m. #6S Truman-Martin Luther at #3S Springfield, 7 p.m. #9N New Ulm Cathedral at #1N Sleepy Eye St. Mary's. 7 p.m. #5N Southwest Christian of Chaska at #4S Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (Grove City), 7 p.m. #7N Sleepy Eye at #2N Cedar Mountain-Comfrey (Morgan), 7 p.m. #6N Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at #3N Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity (Lester Prairie), 7 p.m.
Section Quarterfinals: March 7 South games at St. James, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. North games at Mankato West H.S., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Section Semifinals: March 11 at GAC (St. Peter) South finals, 5 p.m. North finals, 8 p.m.
Section Finals: March 15 at MSU-Mankato Section Finals, 6 p.m.
Windom 30-30 = 60 Worthington 27-44 = 71 A second-half surge from beyond the arc helped lift Worthington to the lead and ended the Windom Eagles' season with a 71-60 defeat in the Section 3AA playoffs at Worthington.
The Eagles used an 11-0 run in the first half to take an early 13-10 lead. Meanwhile, the Eagle defense was able to slow the Trojans down from the inside and the outside. Windom held a three-point 30-27 lead at halftime.
The Eagles quickly pushed the lead to seven points to start the second half, but Worthington went on a 13-3 run, sparked by a trio of three-pointers. The hot outside shooting continued throughout the second half for the Trojans, who outscored Windom 44-30 over the final 18 minutes of play.
Windom briefly regained the lead when Jacob Johnsno drained a trio of three-pointers in rapid succession halfway through the second half. But Worthington went on an 8-0 run to regain the lead and pulled away late with a three-pointer and an alley-oop dunk.
Collin Lovell led the Eagles with 22 points. Andy Pfeffer added 12. Johnson and Nathan Remmers each added nine in the loss.
Section 3AA Schedule
First Round: March 2 Fairmont 89, St. James 71 JCC 70, Luverne 55 MCW 75, Pipestone 56 Worthington 71, Windom 60 Redwood Valley 77, YME 29 BOLD 60, LQPV 57 (ot) LCWM 70, GFW 48 Montevideo 74, TMB 62
Section Quarterfinals: March 7 #1S Fairmont vs. #4S Jackson County Central, 6 p.m. at Windom #2S Martin County West vs. #3S Worthington, 7:30 p.m. at Windom #1N Redwood Valley vs. #5N BOLD, 6 p.m. at Granite Falls #2N Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial vs. #3N Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. at Granite Falls
Section Semifinals: March 9 at SMSU (Marshall) North finals, 6 p.m. South finals, 8 p.m..
Section Finals: March 14 at SMSU (Marshall) Section Finals, 8 p.m.