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Prep boys basketball: Heron Lake-Okabena bests Ellsworth; Behrends leads Jackson County Central

OKABENA — A sparkling 21-point performance from senior Travis Behrends lifted Heron Lake-Okabena to a 58-53 victory over Ellsworth in a Red Rock Conference boys basketball clash which was closely-contested all the way.

The Wildcats (3-18 overall, 3-11 in the conference) earned a seven-point halftime lead as Behrends (eight rebounds, three assists) netted four three-pointers before the break. HL-O was up by 10 points twice in the second half, but Ellsworth came back and closed the gap to three a couple of times.

Two free throws by HL-O’s Alex Baumann in the closing seconds pushed the final spread to five.

Logan Knutson (14 points, five assists, four steals), Matt Poppe (nine points, seven rebounds) and Kurt Obermoller (eight points, four assists, six rebounds, three charges drawn) also contributed greatly for the Wildcats.

Post players Malik Herman (14 points, 20 rebounds) and Brandon Kramer (17 points, seven rebounds) paced Ellsworth (6-17, 5-10), while Bobby Walkowaik scored 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Jared Leuthold (eight points) and Trei Hinrichs each dished off five assists for the Panthers, who host Adrian Friday.

Ellsworth 23 53

HL-O 30 58

JCC 74, RV 63

REDWOOD FALLS — Bodey Behrends put up a triple-double, as the JCC Huskies cruised to victory over the RV Cardinals Tuesday night.

Behrends dropped a game-high 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. The 6’9 center also showed his defensive skill, racking up a total of 11 blocked shots. Other top offensive performances for the Huskies came from Colton Timmer (17 points), Matt Ringkob (17 points), and Jacob Christopher (15 points).

Jordan Kohout led the Cardinals with 15 points, followed by James Pendleton with 14.

With the victory JCC advances to 17-5 overall and 9-3 in the Big South Conference.

JCC 31 74

RV 29 63

SWC 72, H-BC 69

EDGERTON — The score was tight throughout the entire game, but the Southwest Minnesota Christian Eagles emerged triumphant over the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots.

The Eagles were up by a single point at the half, but the Patriots took over with a four-point lead with four minutes left on the clock. Southwest Christian regained control and won as H-BC missed a full-court shot in the final moments.

Zach Scholten of the Patriots scored a game-high 30 points. The junior also added 11 rebounds and three blocks. Trenton Bass scored 10 and Cooper Vaughn completed nine points and nine rebounds.

The winning offense was led by Levi Vander Woude who had 23 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks. Jared Vis scored 17 points with three rebounds and three assists. Jeremy Vander Woude had 14 points and Colby Den Herder made 11.

The Eagles improve to an 11-10 record and will host Fulda on Friday. H-BC is 9-13.

H-BC 32 69

SWC 33 72

MLA 71, Fulda 44

FULDA — The Mountain Lake Area Wolverines used a big second half to run away from Fulda.

Dalton Slinger was the leading scorer for the Raiders with 13 points. Justin Dierks and Matthias Kunerth each contributed five rebounds.

The Wolverines create a four-game winning streak for a record of 14-6. The Raiders fall to 4-20.

MLA 32 71

Fulda 23 44

MCC 56, RRC 49

SLAYTON — The MCC Rebels out-rebounded the RRC Falcons by a significant margin, on their way to a six-point victory.

Cole Bassett was on fire for the Rebels. The junior guard put up 24 points, nine of which came off of three 3-pointers. Grant Rohrer also played well, totaling 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Trevor Pederson and Brady Rasmussen did all they could to keep RRC in the game. Pederson finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Rasmussen had 12 points and five steals.

MCC (22-2) will travel to MLA Friday to take on the Wolverines and RRC (9-13) will host the W-WG Chargers Thursday.

RRC 20 49

MCC 21 56

T-M-B 75, Canby 52

TRACY — Josh Kirk shot an impressive 67 percent from the field on his way to 23 points. Riding Kirk’s momentum, the T-M-B Panthers rolled to victory over the Canby Lancers.

Spencer Smith also had a nice night for the Panthers, dropping 18 points. Not far behind Kirk and Smith was Derek Larson. The senior forward hit four 3-pointers on his way to 14 points.

The Lancers had two player eclipse the double-digit scoring mark. Adam Durfee led with 16 points and Matthew Slaba had 14.

Canby 28 52

T-M-B 29 75

G-LR 63, S-O 61

GEORGE, Iowa — In a tight game the whole way, freshman Lucas Nagel came up huge for the G-LR Mustangs Tuesday night.

With 1.8 seconds remaining on the clock and the score knotted at 61 apiece, the 6-3 forward pulled up from the free throw line and sank the shot to win. Nagel finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Leading the Mustangs offensively were Jayden Mauldin (16 points) and Josh Haken (16 points). Brennan Klaassen also pitched in 15 for the G-LR.

The S-O Generals were led by Carson Marco. The senior dropped a game-high 21 points.

S-O 11 27 43 61

G-LR 13 33 46 63

RSM 53, H-LP 41

LAKE PARK — The home-standing Wolves got within three points in the final quarter but couldn’t quite take the lead from the Remsen St. Mary’s Hawks.

Harris-Lake Park scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter but couldn’t continue its run.

Keegan Carpenter was the leading scorer for the Wolves with 12 points and five rebounds. Jordan Kyle was another major contributor with 10 points, nine boards, and five assists.

For Remsen St. Mary’s, Ethan Biezuns was the top scorer of the game with 25 points. Jacob Wesselmann made 14.

The Hawks are 14-6 and H-LP is 8-11.

RSM 10 31 44 53

H-LP 7 23 33 41