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Boys basketball roundup: Fergus Falls' Otters' big 2nd-half rally dooms Willmar Cardinals

Jan. 25—WILLMAR — The Fergus Falls boys basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat Willmar on Thursday night at the Big Red Gym.

The Otters won 76-63 after trailing 39-28 at halftime.

Aikhem Bethel scored 28 points to lead Fergus Falls, which got 17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots from Ryan Hirst.

Luke Pearson chipped in with 11 points for the Otters, who are now 2-5 in the Central Lakes Conference and 6-8 overall. Willmar fell to 0-7 in the CLC and 1-14 overall.

Sophomore guard Avery Christensen led the Cardinals with 17 points. Senior guard Will Sportel added 13 points and five assists for Willmar.

Willmar's next game is at 2:15 p.m. Saturday against Brooklyn Center at the Big Red Gym.

Hayden Sobiech hit a three-point shot as time expired in regulation before Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa defeated Royalton in overtime at Brooten.

Sobiech finished with 16 points, adding eight rebounds and a pair of assists.

Luke Dingmann led the Jaguars in scoring with 22 points. He also had 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks.

Luke Illies tallied 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals for BBE.

BBE has a quick turnaround, playing at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Sauk Centre.

Juniors Brayson Boike and Drew Hjelmeland each contributed 22 points in Dawson-Boyd's win against Minneota at Dawson.

Boike, a 6-foot-7 guard, added team-highs of 16 rebounds and three blocks, adding four assists and a steal. Hjelmeland, a 6-foot-6 forward, had eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

The Blackjacks are 16-1 overall and Minneota is 13-5.

Dawson-Boyd next plays New Life Academy at 3 p.m. Saturday at the High School for the Recording Arts in St. Paul.

Central Minnesota Christian stormed out to a 38-12 halftime lead in its victory over Yellow Medicine East at Prinsburg.

CMCS had four players score in double figures. Asher Wieberdink, a 6-foot-4 freshman forward, had 15 points. Drew Duininck, a 6-2 junior guard, added 11. Sophomore forward Micah Asake had 10 and sophomore guard Logan Roelofs added 10 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Nathan Wieberdink, a 6-6 senior forward, also had 10 points.

YME shot 22% from the field, making 8 of 35 shots. They were 3-for-14 from 3-point range, good for 21%.

Esai LaBatte, a 6-foot-5 senior center, led the Sting with six points

YME next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wabasso against the Rabbits. CMCS plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Canby.

DeAndre Holloway dropped 32 points with team-highs of 10 rebounds and two blocks in Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's victory against Renville County West at Kerkhoven.

Jared Cortez had 27 points, adding nine rebounds and team-bests of six steals and four blocks for KMS. Teagen Diederich scored 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting from beyond the arc.

For the Jaguars, Ryan Schrupp notched 18 points and led RCW with five assists.

RCW next plays Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Renville. KMS next plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Minneota.

MACCRAY got scoring in the double figures from a variety of players in its win against Lakeview at Clara City.

Xavier Noble led with 17 points, recording nine rebounds, one block and a steal. Sawyer Janssen had 15 points with nine rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Matt Wadsworth scored 13 points and had a team-high five steals. Grayson Ahrenholz tallied 10 points and dished out a team-best three assists.

MACCRAY next plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in Tracy.

Litchfield used a strong inside game and consistent play in the waning moments to beat Minnewaska at Glenwood.

Jake Dietel, a 6-foot-1 senior center, had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the dragons. Jack McCann added 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Litchfield.

"I think we were able to score inside," Litchfield head coach Matt Draeger said. "I thought we executed well down the stretch."

Litchfield plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Dassel-Cokato. Minnewaska next plays at noon Saturday against BOLD in Bird Island.

Jack Gross scored 34 points, seven rebounds, four steals and an assist in BOLD's win over Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at Bird Island.

Maverick Kaufenberg contributed 11 points and William Penkert had seven points with eight assists.

BOLD next hosts Minnewaska at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bird Island.