Top-seeded Elk Mound survives Altoona upset bid

Mar. 1—Boys postseason basketball really kicked into gear Friday with every team still alive tipping off for regional semifinals. One of those games came in Division 3 Sectional-1B where the top-seeded Elk Mound Mounders hosted a young and talented No. 8 seed in the Altoona Railroaders.

Altoona (13-13) gave the top seed everything it could handle, leading Elk Mound (21-4) for almost all of the second half and by as much as eight, but the experienced Mounders battled back to take the lead with less than two minutes to go and ultimately outlasted the upset-minded Rails 59-55.

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