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Time for the boys to play as the Section 3A basketball tournament begins tonight

WORTHINGTON -- While the girls basketball tournaments are well underway, the area boys basketball teams take their first steps toward Minneapolis today with the opening round of Section 3A play.

WORTHINGTON -- While the girls basketball tournaments are well underway, the area boys basketball teams take their first steps toward Minneapolis today with the opening round of Section 3A play.

Section 3A North

No. 12 ECHO vs. No. 5 RRC, at Redwood Falls, 6 p.m.

The lone area entrant in 3A North, Red Rock Central enters on a bit of a losing trend, having dropped three of their last five .

Kyle Huls did produce a double-double against Fulda in the season finale Monday, scoring 12 points and picking up 11 rebounds, but the team was cold from the floor, shooting 38 percent.

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Meanwhile, ECHO (0-11) is the lowest seed in the sectional, and has been very poor on both sides of the floor. The Rockets have been outscored this season by a startling 92-28, including a season-low of eight points against Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, a member of Section 5A.

The winner will take on Central Minnesota Christian Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

Section 3A South

No. 9 SV-RL-B vs. No. 8 Adrian, at Southwest Christian, 7 p.m.

Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster broke a four-game losing streak in Monday's season finale, an 81-61 victory against Westbrook-Walnut Grove. The 81 points marked the team's highest single-game mark of the season.

Michael Schmitz and Jared Bourquin have established themselves as solid players for the Raiders, and both delivered key performances in Monday's victory. Schmitz had 24 points and eight rebounds, while Bourquin followed with 19 points and seven boards.

Adrian is looking to recapture the touch which led last year's No. 6 seed to the South finals before falling to H-BC. The Dragons enter the playoffs off a big victory Monday, a 77-69 overtime decision against conference champion Edgerton.

Brad Brake, who was a central player in last year's tournament run, scored 14 points in a complimentary role for the Dragons. Lee Stover had 23 points, and Ryan Lonneman had 22 for Adrian (10-12).

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The winner faces top-seeded Ellsworth Saturday at 1 p.m. in Worthington.

No. 10 W-WG vs. No. 7 MCC, at Edgerton, 6 p.m.

These two teams had their only meeting of the season Jan. 26 in Slayton, a 71-60 victory for the Rebels. Westbrook-Walnut Grove had won two straight entering the game, but the defeat started a season-ending spiral which cost the Chargers 11 of their last 13 games.

Murray County Central is also coming in on a downer. After entering February with a record of 9-5, the Rebels have lost six of eight to end the season at 11-11.

Derek Johnson had 18 points in his team's loss to ML-B-O Monday, and will likely need a strong performance to help his team advance.

The victor gets No. 2 Edgerton at 4:30 p.m. in Worthington.

No. 11 H-BC vs. No. 6 Fulda, at Edgerton, 7:30 p.m.

Just one year ago, the Patriots were the top seed in Section 3A South. With that seed, the Patriots rolled into the sectional championship game before falling to eventual state champion Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.

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This year, Hills-Beaver Creek is 3-23 entering postseason play. On the plus side for the team is the Patriots have split their last four games, and played Fulda tough in their early-season meeting, falling by only eight.

The Raiders (12-10) are entering the playoffs on a whimper, having dropped four of their last seven games. San Woitalewicz has proven to be a star for Fulda this year in scoring and rebounding. He scored a game-high 18 points in Fulda's victory Monday over RRC.

The winner will face third-seed Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin Saturday at 6 p.m. in Worthington.

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