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MARSHALL – Big performances by a pair of sophomores have the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers one win away from a state tournament berth after defeating New London-Spicer 68-62 in the section 3AA-North final on Saturday afternoon at Southwest MN St. in Marshall.
In a game that featured six ties and 12 lead changes, it was the sophomores that shined as the Tigers duo of Camden Arndt and Jaret Johnson combined for 39 points, and Wildcats sophomore Brandon Adelman finished with a game-high 24 points.
The Tigers shot a blistering 59 percent from the floor in the first half to take a 35-28 lead into halftime.
A trend that developed in the first half was both teams using spurts to grab the lead, only to have the other answer with one of their own. That trend continued into the second half.
With the Tigers holding their biggest lead of the day at 41-31, the Wildcats went on a 14-2 run to take the lead, it then switched hands on each of the next four possessions until the Tigers, trailing 51-50, went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good.
From there the Tigers kept the Wildcats at an arm’s length with free throw shooting. Adelman would fire a last second three pointer that was off the mark, Johnson grabbed the rebound and held the ball until the final buzzer sounded, and the Tigers celebrated their first sub-section title since 2004, which was also the last time they made a state tournament appearance.
Johnson led the Tigers with 20 points on 9-12 shooting, Arndt finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Jacob Zosel had eight points and nine assists, Tim Travis scored eight, and Lukus Manska added seven. Tigers shot 27-53 for 51 percent on the day and improve to 16-12 on the year. They will now face the south sub-section and defending section champs in Jackson County Central (25-4) on Thursday at 5:00 in Marshall.
Aside from Adelman’s 24, Mitchell Halvorson finished with 16 for the Wildcats who shot 20-43 (47%) on the day, finish the season 16-12.
3AA-South Sub-Section Championship
Jackson County Central 80, Pipestone Area 74
Section 6A-South Semifinals
Ortonville 65, Hancock 43
MORRIS – A cold shooting performance by Hancock meant the end of their season as they fell to top-seed Ortonville 65-43 on Saturday in the section 6A-south semifinals from Morris.
The Trojans shot 20-42 from the floor (48%) and hit 5-10 three-pointers, holding a comfortable lead for the majority of the game. Ortonville had four players score in double-figures, led by Nate Treinen with 19, Britton Conroy had 17, Tyson Powell with 14, and Davonte Edwards finished with 12.
Noah Kannegiesser, who scored 49 points the last time these two teams met, settled for 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. Tyler Reese scored 10 and Chandler Gramm pulled down eight rebounds. The Owls season comes to an end with a record of 18-7, while the Trojans move on to the sub-section championship with a record of 21-5, they’ll face two-seed Parkers Prairie on Tuesday night.
Parkers Prairie 61, Battle Lake 59
BOYS STATE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
St. Thomas Academy 5, Wayzata 0
Eden Prairie 3, Lakeville South 2, OT
Grand Rapids 6, Moorhead 3
Delano Tigers 6, East Grand Forks 3
St. Cloud Cathedral 2, Northfield 1
Hermantown 4, Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake 3, 2OT
- Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director