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Boys basketball roundup: NLS comes up short against Panthers

Jan. 12—NEW LONDON — New London-Spicer and Glencoe-Silver Lake needed every second to determine a winner on Friday night.

The Panthers took a one-point lead with 5.1 seconds to play after Eli Ehrke hit a pair of free throws. Without any timeouts, the Wildcats' Grant Paffrath raced up the court to set up a final shot. That opportunity didn't come as Glencoe-Silver Lake got a steal.

The Panthers won the Wright County Conference boys basketball game, 65-64.

The two teams were tied 27-27 at halftime. There were eight lead changes in the second half. NLS led 62-56 with 2 minutes, 44 seconds left to play before ending the game on a 9-2 game-winning run. "I'm just extremely proud of these guys," said Wildcats head coach Skip Wright. "They've played this way all year; they just don't quit. You gotta hand it to Glencoe-Silver Lake. They made some big plays down the stretch.

"They just ended up having the ball last."

NLS drops to 1-1 in the Wright County while Glencoe-Silver Lake is 1-0 in the conference.

Joshua Fiecke led the Panthers with 20 points, followed by 14 from Ethan Sonju, 12 from Ehrke and 11 from Lincoln Busse.

Paffrath finished with a game-high 24 points, including a seven-point run midway through the second half that put NLS ahead for the first time in the second half, 42-41.

"He really came up big in the last 10 minutes and just about carried us over the top," Wright said of Paffrath.

William Danielson had a double-double for NLS with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats also got a pair of key seniors back from injury in Mason Delzer and Luke Knudsen. Delzer started the game and had four points. Knudsen came off the bench and scored six points.

"It was great to have our lineup back together," Wright said. "It's probably going to take a little while for us to all get reacquainted and for those guys to get their basketball legs underneath them. But it was great to see them on the floor. We were thrilled to have them out there."

The Wildcats play Annandale at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at New London.

Timothy Houghton's 12 points helped lead Rockford past visiting Litchfield.

The Rockets, who led 21-20 at halftime, had nine players score.

Tucker Liestman led Litchfield with nine points.

Litchfield's next game is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Glencoe-Silver Lakes.

Wyatt Moehrle had 23 points, six assists and three blocked shots to help lead Eden Valley-Watkins past Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Eden Valley.

EVW, now 3-0 in conference play, also got 21 points and four steals from Nolan Geislinger. Parker Schultz scored 11 points and Noah Stommes had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

BBE, which fell to 2-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference, were led by Hayden Sobiech, who had 18 points.

The Jaguars next play Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Brooten.

Paynesville had four players score in double figures in its victory at Royalton.

Brayden Pung led the way with 19 points. Bryce VanderBeek added 15 and Reed Johnson and Abe Brunner each had 12.

Will Ward had nine points to lead Royalton, which had 10 players score.

Paynesville leads the Central Minnesota Conference with a 4-0 record. Royalton is 1-3 in the CMC.

The Bulldogs next play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kimball.

Marcus Forsythe sank two free throws with three seconds left to help Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City secure the victory over Holdingford at Grove City.

ACGC trailed by 16 early and closed the gap to 44-40 by halftime. The Falcons grabbed their first lead of the game with two minutes left. The Huskers regained the lead, then ACGC's Kyler Pickle made 1 of 2 free throws with 20 seconds left to make it a two-point game. Holdingford attempted a 3-pointer that rimmed out and Forsythe grabbed the rebound and was fouled.

Pickle wound up with 30 points, nine assists and five steals. Forsythe had 16 points and six rebounds and Jonah Morrison added 16 points for the Falcons.

Jeffrey Hall led the Huskers with 19 points. Ten players from Holdingford scored and six hit at least one 3-pointer.

ACGC next plays Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Brooten.

Melrose cruised to a road win in a West Central Conference matchup against Benson.

The win puts the Dutchmen's record at 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the West Central. The Braves drop to 5-6 overall and 0-4 in the West Central.

Benson next plays at 7 p.m. Monday at Morris/Chokio-Alberta.

Sophomore guard Gunner Liebl had 33 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals to help Dawson-Boyd beat Lakeview at Cottonwood.

Junior guard Brayson Boike added 26 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots and junior forward Drew Hjelmeland added 16 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.

Lakeview made 10 of 17 3-point attempts, good for 58%.

Dawson-Boyd is ranked second in the state in Class A by the Minnesota Basketball News.

The Blackjacks next play at 7:30 p.m. next Friday against Renville County West in Renville. Their game with Castlewood, South Dakota, on Saturday was canceled due to inclement weather.

DeAndre Holloway had 37 points, three assists and three blocked shots and Jared Cortez added 28 points and 12 rebounds as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg beat the Lancers at Canby.

KMS is 4-2 in the conference and Canby is 4-3.

Kolton Duis had 22 points and Michael Tol added 17 for Canby.

KMS next plays Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Brooten.

Davis Parker had 21 points and Kaden Molden added 20 points and 18 rebounds in Lac qui Parle Valley's victory over Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

Matthew Arndt added 15 points for the Eagles.

LQPV is 2-5 in the conference and YME is 0-7 in the Camden.

DJ Whitebuffalo had 11 points and four assists to pace YME. Drew Almich added 10 points and seven rebounds.

LQPV next plays at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Benson. The Eagles were to play Saturday in White, South Dakota, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather. YME plays Ortonville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Granite Falls.

Renville County West out-scored Ortonville 38-18 in the second half for the victory at Renville.

Quentin Kuefler had 18 points and Ellis Longnecker added 16 for Ortonville.

RCW plays Central Minnesota Christian at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Prinsburg.