MOORHEAD, Minn. — Moorhead got off to a hot start and never cooled off on the way to a 83-54 non-conference boys basketball win over Watertown on Thursday.
The Spuds (13-10) raced to a 12-4 lead in the opening minutes of the first half and drained 30 of 54 field-goal attempts for 56 percent in the victory.
Moorhead received scoring contributions from 11 players in the win, including 14 from Mehki Elmore, 12 from Ray Altenbernd, 10 from Elliot Hoff and nine from Adam Jenkins.
The Spuds also controlled the boards 36-25.
The game was the final one of the regular season for Watertown, which will take a 6-14 record and an eight-game losing streak into a South Dakota Class AA SoDak 16 state-qualifying game on the road on Saturday, March 5. Final pairings for the SoDak 16 games won’t be finalized until at least the weekend if not early next week.
The Arrows struggled from the start, making only 19 of 54 field-goal attempts for 35 percent.
Drew Norberg scored 16 points and Devon Lewis 11 for the Arrows. Mack Johnson and Kohen Kranz tallied six points apiece and Cole Holden five. Norberg also grabbed four rebounds.
• Clark-Willow Lake 78, Webster Area 47 — Clark-Willow Lake earned a share of the Northeast Conference title with the win, improving to 12-7 overall and 8-2 in the NEC. Groton Area also went 8-2 and Hamlin could make it a three-way tie with a win on Friday night.
Tyler O’Neill tallied 24 points, Noah Boykin 16 and Kaplan Felberg 14 to go with 13 rebounds and four assists for the Cyclones. Trey Huber contributed eight points, five rebounds and five assists.
Jaydon Keller paced the Bearcats (8-12, 4-6) with 14 points and seven rebounds. Kaden Stoks had seven points and Jacob Pereboom six.
Thursday's Other South Dakota Scores
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 55, Little Wound 54
Crazy Horse 110, Takini 10
Sioux Falls Roosevelt 64, Marshall, Minn. 48
Spearfish 62, Douglas 57
This article originally appeared on Watertown Public Opinion: Boys Basketball: Watertown drops regular-season finale; Clark-Willow Lake grabs share of NEC title