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16 players to watch in Section 1, Class 2A and 1A boys basketball playoffs

Feb. 25—ROCHESTER — The Section 1, Class 2A and 1A boys basketball tournaments begin this week with the section champion in each class earning a state berth.

Games after the first round, in the quarterfinals, will be held at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Here are some of the top players to look for in each of the two classes in Section 1.

The 6-foot-3 senior guard is averaging 16.5 points per game while hitting a solid 40% from 3-point range. He has just over 800 career points. Also averages 4.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the 15-9 Cougars.

The 6-5 senior guard leads the Bombers in scoring and rebounding, pouring in 20.1 points while pulling down 8.5 rebounds per game. He recently went over the 1,000-point mark for his career. He also averages 3.5 assists for the 21-5 Bombers.

The 6-foot senior guard missed time early in the season with ankle/hamstring woes but he has returned in full force. He is averaging 17.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the 19-5 Tigers, who are ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 2A.

The smooth-shooting 6-1 senior guard is one of three Lancers averaging in double figures with a team-high 17.2 points per game while shooting 41.4% from 3-point range. He also averages 6.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

The athletic 6-5 senior guard/forward has been filling up the box score all season long and recently went over 1,000 career points. Ryan, bound for the University of North Dakota to play football, is averaging 15.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 4.0 steals per game.

The 5-11 junior guard leads a very balanced Caledonia scoring attack. He averages 16.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. All five of the Warriors' starters average in double figures in scoring.

The 6-4, junior forward leads the Cardinals (18-8) in three major categories. He averages a double-double with 17.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game and is a defensive forces with 2.5 blocks per contest. He had a 41-point game in a win over Rushford-Peterson.

The 6-4 junior guard is the No. 2 scorer for the 20-4 Warriors and like a number of players on the team, he is a sniper from the outside. He averages 15.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

The 6-4 senior forward has been a dominant scorer all season long and averages a double-double. He averages 24.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He has a 49-point game during the season for the 23-2 Blossoms.

The 6-4 senior guard has been filling up the basket from the outside all season long. He is averaging 21.1 points per game and has knocked down 109 3-pointers. He is also averaging 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals for the 20-7 Trojans.

The 6-5 senior guard/forward has been the top player for the defending section champions. He averages 16.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.8 steals per game for the 23-3 Lions.

The high-scoring 5-9 senior guard averages 27.7 points per game and has made 61 3-pointers. He also averages a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game, chips in 2.8 assists per contest and has taken 11 charges. M-C has a modest 13-13 record.

The 6-3 junior guard leads the Lions in scoring and rebounding at 18.8 points and 8.3 boards per contest. He also averages 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals. The Lions struggled down the stretch with four straight losses and had an 11-14 record heading into the regular-season finale.

His twin brother, Gabe, has been a more dominant scorer, but Zack has had a record-setting season. The 6-4 senior guard broke his brother's single-game scoring record for the Blossoms with a 50-point outing and he also set a school mark with 10 3-pointers in the game. He averages 16.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

The 6-6 senior center helped the Rebels with a division title in the Southeast Conference for the first time in 23 seasons. He is averaging 16.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the 21-4 Rebels.

The 6-1 senior guard is leading the Knights in scoring for the second straight season. He is averaging right around 20 points per game and has helped Kingsland post a 21-5 record. He hit eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points in a late-season win over Mabel-Canton.