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Chargers stay alive; Tigers knock out Wolverines


AE 25-29 = 54
WWG 28-45 = 73

Westbrook-Walnut Grove got red hot from the field in the second half Thursday night, pulling away for a 73-54 victory over Adrian-Ellsworth in the Section 3A playoffs at Worthington.

The Chargers held a slim three-point halftime lead, but hit six three-pointers in the second half and went 11-of-13 from the free throw line in the final 18 minutes. Meanwhile, the WWG defense held the Dragons in check in the second half, limiting Adrian-Ellsworth to one shot per possession.

The Charger backcourt did much of the damage in the win. Nathan Ross hit a trio of three-pointers in each half, leading the Chargers with 22 points. Ethan Mischke added 19 points, including 6-of-6 from the line in the second half. Hunter Lien finished with 16 points in the win.

MLAC 36-38 = 74
Springfield 49-40 = 79

Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey battled through a back-and-forth game with Springfield in the Section 2A playoffs Thursday, but the Tigers closed with an 8-3 run over the final three minutes, claiming a 79-74 win at Lake Crystal.

MLAC trailed by three at halftime, but started the second half strong. The lead traded hands several times before the Tigers used an 8-0 run to take a six-point lead.

The Wolverines battled back, tying the game at 71-71, but a Mitchell Buerkle three-pointers on the ensuing Tiger possession gave Springfield the lead for good. Mason Kretsch added a three-pointer moments later, giving Springfield a four-point advantage, and a late basket sealed the Tiger victory.

Abe Stoesz led the Wolverines with 20 points in the loss. Sam Paulson added 14 points, surpassing the 1,000-point mark for his career with a lay-up early in the second half. Jon Faber and Spencer Khamvongsa each added 12 points in the loss.

Next games: Check for updates after each game.
WWG: vs. SWC (at SMSU, Marshall), March 7




 

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