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Luverne boy cagers top Worthington, 84-73

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LUVERNE -- The host Luverne Cardinals withstood a determined long-range bombing effort by the Worthington Trojans Friday night to win a Big South Conference boys basketball showdown. Worthington converted 13 3-pointers in the game, including seven by freshman Marenono Opiew and four by junior Terbuto Ochothow. But the Cardinals prevailed, 84-73, to even their record at 4-4. “We just didn’t move the ball when we needed to. And they were being patient on their end,” said WHS head coach Clint Meyer. The Trojans led at halftime, 40-39, but cooled off in the second half. Instead of attacking the rim, said Meyer, his team kept firing off 3-pointers after making eight of them before intermission. Worthington enjoyed a 10-point lead in the first half. But the Trojans made just two of five free throws in the game compared to Luverne’s 17 of 21. Opiew finished with 23 points and Ochothow had 20. Brock Burns added nine and Kelka Alwal eight for the visitors, who fell to 5-5. Senior center Isaiah Bartels led LHS with 21 points while Gannon Ahrendt had 18, Nick Feit 10 and Bailey Cowell nine. “They’ve got a lot of good athletes,” said Meyer. “I think they’ve been building with these guys.” Worthington 40 73 Luverne 39 84

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