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Boys basketball roundup: Willmar Cardinals can't stop Sabres, 64-58

Feb. 13—WILLMAR — Sartell's last win came against Willmar on Dec. 19. After 12 straight losses, the Sabres looked to repeat that feat Tuesday night at the Big Red Gym.

And with a 9-2 run to end the game, Sartell put an end to their double-digit losing streak.

The Sabres beat the Cardinals 64-58 in a Central Lakes Conference boys basketball matchup.

Willmar led 56-55 before the Sabres' Connor Bergstrom scored a layup to put his team ahead and begin the game-clinching run. Bennett Bommersbach scored a layup, drew a foul and made the free throw with 1:18 left to play.

Sartell (4-15 overall, 3-9 CLC) cemented the win by going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final minute.

Andrew Nelson finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Sabres. Bergstrom added 13 points in the victory.

Willmar (3-18, 0-11 CLC) built a 34-30 lead at halftime after trailing 16-6 midway through the period. Avery Christensen had a strong finish to the first half, banking a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 53 seconds left along with a layup with two seconds before the break. Christensen finished with a game-high 20 points along with five assists.

Cooper Schnichels, a 6-foot-6 eighth grader, scored all 10 of his points in the opening half.

Tuesday was the Cardinals' senior night. The team's five seniors — Landon Ogdahl, Will Sportel, Brady Murphy, Matthew Mohr and Tucker Swanson — made up the startling lineup.

Willmar goes to Monticello at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sartell (4-15) 30 34 — 64

Willmar (3-18) 34 24 — 58

SARTELL — Scoring: Jalen Schumann 9, Edward Durrwachter 2, Maddox Lewis 9, George Durrwatcher 3, Bennett Bommersbach 8, Connor Bergstrom 13, William Mathiasen 6, Andrew Nelson 14 ... 3-point shots: Schumann 3, Lewis 3, Bommersbach 1 ... Rebound leader: Nelson 13, Schumann 7 ... Assist leader: Schumann 3, E. Durrwachter 3 ... Steal leader: E. Durrwachter 2 ... Block leader: Bergstrom 1, Nelson 1

WILLMAR — Scoring: Jackson Schnichels 7, Avery Christensen 20, Will Sportel 8, Cooper Schnichels 10, Brady Murphy 2, Matthew Mohr 2, Tucker Swanson 9 ... 3-point shots: Christensen 4, Sportel 2, C. Schnichels 2 ... Rebound leader: Sportel 7, C. Schnichels 7, Mohr 7 ... Assist leader: Christensen 5 ... Steal leader: Jordan Ellingson 1, C. Schnichels 1 ... Block leader: Ethan Riemersma 2

William Danielson, a 6-foot-8 senior center, had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in New London-Spicer's victory over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at New London.

Grant Paffrath, a 6-2 senior forward, had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats. Luke Knudsen, a 5-11 senior guard, added 12 points and four steals for NLS.

HLWW shot 16% from 3-point range, making 4 of 25 attempts.

Alex Zimmerman, a 6-foot-5 senior, had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers. Zachary Murphy, a 6-3 sophomore, added 15 points and nine rebounds.

NLS continues play in the Wright County Conference against Dassel-Cokato at 7 p.m. Friday at Cokato.

Gabe Westman dropped 23 points and Coleton Purcell recorded 21 more as Annandale earned a victory at Litchfield.

For Litchfield, Jacob Dietel led with 11 points and five rebounds. Creighton Huhner had seven and Matthias Bruning scored six.

The Dragons host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for another Wright County Conference matchup at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Litchfield.

Brayson Boike became Dawson-Boyd's all-time leading scorer for boys after his 25-point effort in Dawson-Boyd's win against Ortonville at Dawson.

Boike, a junior guard, has reached 1,694 career points. The previous Blackjacks' boys record was held by Michael Lee, who totaled 1,678 career points (2015).

Boike earned a double-double with 11 rebounds. He shot 11 of 14 from the field and went 1-for-1 on free throws, adding five assists, two blocks and a steal.

Drew Hjelmeland scored 20 points for Dawson-Boyd. The junior forward shot 10 of 14 from the field, adding four rebounds and a steal.

Dawson-Boyd continues Camden Conference play against Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Madison.

Asher Wieberdink had 22 points and seven rebounds for Central Minnesota Christian in its victory over Lac qui Parle Valley at Prinsburg.

Wieberdink, a 6-foot-4 freshman, made 6 of 8 3-point attempts.

Junior guard Drew Duininck had 16 points, five assists and three steals and Micah Asake, a 6-2 sophomore, added 14 points for the Bluejays.

CMCS has a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wabasso. LQPV resumes Camden Conference play by hosting Dawson-Boyd at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Madison.

Grayson Ahrenholz had 16 points, Sawyer Janssen 14 and Isaac Post 10 in MACCRAY's victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Clara City.

For KMS, DeAndre Holloway had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Jared Cortez added 20 points and seven boards.

KMS continues its Camden Conference schedule against Central Minnesota Christian School at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kerkhoven. MACCRAY takes on Ortonville for another Camden Conference matchup at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Ortonville.

Max Rost had 20 points, Ryan Dalager 12 and Lucas Rybinski 10 in Minneota's victory over Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

Drew Almich led the Sting with 11 points and six rebounds.YME plays host to Renville County West for another Camden Conference matchup at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Granite Falls.

Kolton Duis scored 25 points and Michael Tol added 22 for Canby in its victory over Renville County West at Renville.

Duis and Tol are both 6-foot-2 senior guards.

Ryan Schrupp had 19 points, nine rebounds and two steals to lead the Jaguars.

RCW continues Camden Conference play against Yellow Medicine East at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Granite Falls.

The Thunder Hawks had five players reach double figures in its win against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Montevideo.

Cooper Dack led the way for Montevideo with 24 points. Griffin Epema (18), Carson Boike (13), Gannon Reidinger (11) and Devin Ashling (10) were the other four who reached double digits.

Montevideo got off to a quick start which led to a 59-27 halftime lead.

"(Having a quick start) was one thing we definitely talked about," Thunder Hawks head coach Derek Webb said. "We jumped out to an 11-0 lead right away and never looked back."

For ACGC, Marcus Forsythe had a team-best 13 points. Kyler Pickle and Jonas Morrison each recorded 11 points.

ACGC goes to Holdingford in its return to its Central Minnesota Conference schedule at 7 p.m. Friday. The Thunder Hawks play host to Melrose in a West Central Conference matchup at 7 p.m. Thursday at Montevideo.

The Dutchmen earned a West Central Conference win against Benson at Melrose.

Melrose is 7-4 in the conference and 13-8 overall. The Braves are 0-12 and 9-14.

Benson plays host Morris/Chokio-Alberta for a West Central Conference matchup at 7 p.m. Friday at Benson.