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Boys basketball roundup: Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks hold off MACCRAY Wolverines

Feb. 6—CLARA CITY — Dawson-Boyd came into MACCRAY High School on Tuesday expecting a strong 36-minute game with the host Wolverines.

The first half was indicative of that with the Blackjacks holding onto a one-point lead.

The final 18 minutes belonged to Dawson-Boyd.

Led by strong second halves from Gunner Liebl and Brayson Boike, the Blackjacks won the Camden Conference boys basketball matchup, 78-63.

"At this point in the season, with two really good basketball teams, we went into it expecting it to be a 36-minute game and that's what we got," said D-B head coach Cory Larson. "MACCRAY's a really nice team."

Down 19-13, MACCRAY went on a 11-point run to go up 24-19, energizing a packed gym that had the MACCRAY student section crowding the baseline on one side. Grayson Ahrenholz capped off the scoring spurt with a putback with 6:53 left in the opening half.

D-B clawed back and went ahead 34-33 after a Carson Stratmoen 3-pointer with 34 seconds before halftime.

After scoring just three points in the first 18 minutes, Liebl put together an efficient second half as a scorer and facilitator. He finished with 19 points on 8 of 10 shooting, also dishing out nine assists and grabbing seven rebounds.

"Coming out in the second half, we wanted to get him more aggressive," Larson said of Liebl, a 6-foot sophomore guard. "We ran sets that put him in position to attack. He was a little bit passive in the first half and we needed him to be aggressive not only with his shot but getting other guys involved. He did a good job of finding open guys."

One of those players involved was Boike. The 6-7 junior guard had 22 second-half points. He finished with 30 points (56% shooting), 13 rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocks.

Drew Hjelmeland added 20 points, eight boards and four assists.

"Offensively, I think we got into a rhythm and spaced them out a little bit," Larson said. "We never allowed any big runs. We were always able to come back and answer with something on our end."

Matthew Wadsworth led a quartet of MACCRAY players in double figures with 14 points. He also had five assists. Isaac Post and Xavier Noble both had 11 points. Ahrenholz added 10 points.

"I thought we did a better job defensively in the second half; we certainly did our best to run them off the (3-point) line because that's what got them back in it (in the first half) and swung the momentum," Larson said.

D-B plays Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kerkhoven. MACCRAY plays host to Central Minnesota Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Clara City.

"We've kind of taken the mentality that we're going into every game like it's a championship game," Larson said. "Just go one game at a time and go play hard for 36 minutes and see what happens. Then, relax a little bit then lace (the shoes) up for practice tomorrow and do it all over Friday."

Jared Cortez and DeAndre Holloway both finished with over 25 points in Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's victory against Lac qui Parle Valley at Kerkhoven.

Cortez, a senior guard, shot 9 of 25 from the field, 7 of 16 from beyond the arc and made all four of his free throws in scoring a team-best 29 points. He grabbed six rebounds and added a team-high four assists.

Holloway, a senior forward, shot 11 of 17 from the field and made five of seven free throws. He finished with 27 points.

KMS plays host to Dawson-Boyd at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kerkhoven. LQPV goes to Ortonville at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Renville County West pulled off a victory over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton behind Ryan Schrupp's 37-point effort at Renville.

The junior guard shot 12 of 28 from the field, making 7 of 17 attempted 3-point shots. He added nine rebounds, two steals, a pair of assists and a block.

Joe Valdovinos was also close to a double-double. The senior forward had eight points and nine rebounds for the Jaguars.

RCW plays host to Lakeview at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Renville.

Drew Duininck and Asher Wieberdink put together strong performances in Central Minnesota Christian School's win over Ortonville at Prinsburg.

Duininck, a junior guard, led the Bluejays with 19 points. He added eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and a block.

Wieberdink, a freshman forward, scored 12 points. He recorded eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.

CMCS plays MACCRAY at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Clara City.

DJ Whitebuffalo had 24 points in Yellow Medicine East's victory over Lakeview at Cottonwood.

Also in double figures for the Sting: Wakinyan Greycloud (12) and Ricky Enney (11).YME goes to Canby at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Grant Paffrath pumped in 26 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists and William Danielson added 23 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for New London-Spicer in its victory over Glencoe-Silver Lake at Glencoe.

Four players did all of the Panthers' scoring. Ethan Sonju had 21 points, Lincoln Busse added 20, Eli Ehrke scored 19 and Joshua Fiecke added 18.

NLS goes to Annandale at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Rockford improved its record to 8-11 with the victory at Litchfield.

The Dragons are 4-15.

The Dragons next play host to Melrose at 7 p.m. Thursday at Litchfield.

Senior guard Kyler Pickle set a school record with 17 assists in Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City's victory at Maple Lake.

The 17 assists broke the old record of 16 set by Dylan Hoechler in 2013.

Jaxon Drange added six assists for the Falcons, who had 31 total on 37 field goals. ACGC led 52-19 at halftime.

Marcus Forsythe had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Jonas Morrison added 18 points and three steals for the Falcons.

Bowen Walton had 10 points for Maple Lake.

ACGC plays host to Paynesville at 7 p.m. Friday at Grove City. Monday home MACCRAY and Tuesday at Montevideo.

Luke Dingmann's all-around performance pushed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa past Kimball at Brooten.

Dingmann recorded a double-double with 28 points and 14 rebounds. The senior led BBE in assists (8), blocks (4) and steals (3).

The Jaguars also got 17 points, six rebounds and five assists from Hayden Sobiech and 12 points, two steals and a rebound from Josh Walstrom.

BBE goes to Holdingford at 7 p.m. Friday.

Bryce VanderBeek's 24 points helped the Bulldogs fend off Holdingford at Paynesville.

Also reaching double figures for Paynesville was Brayden Pung (15), Abe Brunner (14) and Reed Johnson (14).

The Bulldogs play host to Royalton 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Paynesville.

Minnewaska improved its record to 2-18 as Alex Panitzke scored a team-high 26 points in the Lakers' victory at Benson.

"It was a great team win for us tonight where we started slow, came out fast in the second half, battled off a late rally by Benson and made timely shots and free throws to seal it," Minnewaska head coach Zachary Traphagen said of the senior guard. "The boys grew a lot as a team and never flinched when Benson cut the game to three points in the final two minutes.

"Alex had it going early and put the finishing touches on his big time effort by knocking down a huge three and going 4-for-4 from the line in the final minutes."

Marc Gruber added 17 points and Connor Frey dropped 12 more in the Lakers' victory.

"We had multiple guys step up and make big time plays in crucial moments," Traphagen said. "I am just so happy for the team, but especially these seniors.

"We have another great challenge on Thursday when Morris comes to town, so we will get right back to work and get ready to put another great effort out there on our home court."

Benson (8-12) goes to Sauk Centre at 7 p.m. Thursday. Minnewaska plays host to Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 7 p.m. Thursday at Glenwood.