WINDOM — Two teams that have traveled a similar path this season will square off Thursday evening — at the tournament-rich R/A facility on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall — for the right to advance to next week’s state boys’ basketball tournament.
REDWOOD FALLS — Outscoring third-seeded Hills-Beaver Creek 33-17 during a 15-minute stretch midway through Saturday afternoon’s action-packed boys’ basketball game, the top-seeded Ellsworth Panthers built a 17-point lead and then withstood a hard charge from the Patriots to claim an exciting 71-63 victory and the Section 3A South championship for the fourth straight season.
JACKSON — After building an impressive 41-21 lead over the game’s first 22 minutes Thursday night, the young and talented Windom Eagles overcame a hard-charging 30-9 surge by Fairmont and scored the last six points — all at the free-throw line — and claimed a 56-51 victory over the Cardinals in a Section 3AA South semifinal tournament game.
JACKSON — Going on a 24-14 run over an 11-and-a-half minute stretch of the first half Thursday night, the top-seeded Martin County West Mavericks overcame an early 6-0 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton lead and advanced to the Section 3AA South championship game with a 59-45 victory over the fifth-seeded Panthers.
WORTHINGTON — Senior Adam Van Der Stoep once again had the hot hand Thursday night, as he drilled seven 3-pointers — including two critical ones in the final two minutes — to spark the top-seeded Ellsworth Panthers to an exciting 71-62 victory over the fifth-seeded Southwest Christian Eagles in front of a huge crowd at Worthington High School in the semifinals of the Section 3A South boys’ basketball tournament.
WORTHINGTON — Sophomore Karic Wiertzema scored on a drive down the right side of the lane with five seconds remaining in overtime Thursday night, lifting the third-seeded Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots to a thrilling 82-80 victory over the second-seeded Adrian Dragons in the semifinals of the Section 3A South boys’ basketball tournament.
WORTHINGTON — Having limited their opponents to less than 60 points in 15 of their 23 games this season, the Worthington Trojans posted an 18-5 overall record and enter the Section 2AAA boys’ basketball tournament riding the momentum from back-to-back victories over a pair of 20-plus win teams.
WORTHINGTON — Getting off to early leads of 4-0, 9-3, 16-5, 20-9 and 26-11 in the game’s first 10 minutes Saturday afternoon, second-seeded Adrian rolled to a 39-21 halftime lead on seventh-seeded Edgerton and posted a 76-45 victory over the Flying Dutchmen in the quarterfinals of the Section 3A South high school boys’ basketball tournament.
WORTHINGTON — Scoring inside and outside equally well Saturday afternoon, the top-seeded Ellsworth Panthers pulled away and claimed a 91-62 victory over the eighth-seeded Fulda Raiders in the quarterfinals of the Section 3A South boys’ basketball tournament — kicking off “Super Saturday” in front of a large crowd at Worthington High School.
WORTHINGTON — With Southwest Christian clinging to a three-point lead (60-57) Saturday afternoon — with 16 seconds left in the game — the rallying Chargers from Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School had the basketball with a chance to tie the score in a highly-competitive Section 3A South boys’ basketball quarterfinal tournament game.
WINDOM — Seven seconds after Jackson County Central’s Patrick Garvin scored what appeared to be the game-winning shot for the Huskies Saturday evening, Windom sophomore Travis Mattson calmly caught a pass from classmate Spenser Kipfer and sank a 25-foot jumpshot from just right of dead center.
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