Owls Win Overtime Thriller To Advance, Lakers To Play For Section Title 11 Mar 18

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director

BOYS BASKETBALL
6A-South Semifinals
(1) Hancock 69, (4) Battle Lake 61 / OT
MORRIS – The Hancock Owls are moving on to the section 6A-South championship after a thrilling 69-61 overtime win over Battle Lake on Saturday at UMM in Morris.
In front of a packed house and what looked like the entire town of Hancock, the Owls survived a hot shooting Battlers team that gave them all they handle.
Hancock trailed 21-18 before and 8-0 run helped them take a two-point lead into halftime. The Battlers opened the second half on a 7-0 run and held the lead for much of the half until Cole Reese made the play of the day.
Trailing 44-41 with seven minutes left and the Owls struggling offensively, having missed five straight shots, Reese was fouled as he nailed a three-pointer, in the process drawing the fifth foul of the game for Brennan Amundson. Reese made the free throw to complete the four-point play and gave Hancock a 45-44 lead.
From there the game went back and forth when tied at 56, Noah Kannegiesser missed a jumper at the end of regulation and game went into overtime.
In overtime, with three Battlers having fouled out, the Owls took advantage, outscoring Battle Lake 13-5 with game-clinching free throws.
Kannegiesser finished with 35 points, four assists and four steals, Peyton Rohloff had seven points with six rebounds, Connor Reese scored nine, Cole Reese and Bennett Nienhaus each added eight and the Owls shot 46 percent as a team, going 26-41 at the foul line.
Battle Lake shot 56 percent with four players in double-figures scoring. Led by Nick Van Erp with 19, Colten Kirschbaum had 15, Isaiah Dorn scored 14 and Bennet Cameron added 10. They were 9-14 from the line and their season ends with an 18-8 record.
With the win Hancock is 24-2 and will face Ortonville for the 6A-South title on Monday night at Concordia-Moorhead, 8:00 tip on 1230 KMRS.

(3) Ortonville 74, (2) Parkers Prairie 65 / OT

6A-North Semifinals
(7) Lake Park-Audubon 62, (3) Henning 49
(4) Mahnomen/Waubun 55, (1) NCE/UH 54

3AA-North Championship
(1) Minnewaska Area 68, (2) New London-Spicer 66
MARSHALL – Minnewaska erased a 17-point first half deficit to defeat New London-Spicer 68-66 and earn a spot in the section 3AA title game.
The Wildcats were red hot to start while Minnewaska dealt with cold shooting and a turnover issue.
But all of a sudden the Wildcats went cold, missing ten of their last 11 shots in the first half and the Lakers were able to close it down to a six-point halftime deficit.
The second half was a game of cat and mouse. Every time the Lakers got within a possession of NL-S, the Cats responded with quick points to reestablish a comfortable lead, until finally with around five minutes to go, the Lakers pulled ahead 55-54, a lead they wouldn’t give up.
Minnewaska hit their final seven shots and were 13-20 in the second half, a pace that the Wildcats just couldn’t keep up with. Clutch free throws down the stretch sealed the win.
Grant Jensen finished with 21 points, Jackson Johnsrud had 20 and Garrett Jensen pulled down 11 rebounds for the Lakers who are 20-7.
Brandon Adelman scored 35 points for the Wildcats with seven rebounds, Ander Arnold had 14 but their season ends with a 19-9 mark.
The Lakers will now face Pipestone for the 3AA championship on Thursday in Marshall, tip at 8:00 on 95.7 KKOK.

3AA-South Championship
(2) Pipestone Area 78, (4) Windom Area 53

BOYS STATE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
Class A Championship
Orono 2, Alexandria 1

Class A Third Place
Hermantown 4, Mahtomedi 0

Class A Consolation Championship
Thief River Falls 5, Mankato East/Loyola 1

Class 2A Championship
Minnetonka 5, Duluth East 2

Class 2A Third Place
Edina 11, Centennial 0

Class 2A Consolation Championship
St. Thomas Academy 6, St. Michael-Albertville 2