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Luverne boy hoopsters rally late, nip Trojans, 48-46

In a tight contest between two longtime rivals, the Luverne Cardinals boys basketball team edged visiting Worthington 48-46 Friday night, completing a sweep of their scheduled regular season games.

LUVERNE -- In a tight contest between two longtime rivals, the Luverne Cardinals boys basketball team edged visiting Worthington 48-46 Friday night, completing a sweep of their scheduled regular season games.

Worthington led 46-42, but Luverne scored the last six points of the game. After getting a defensive stop on the Trojans with about 40 seconds remaining, the Cards’ Bailey Cowell drove to the hoop with about 12 seconds to go before passing to teammate Ethan Beyer, who made a layup with eight seconds left.

Worthington senior Brock Bruns attempted a 15-footer from the left baseline that bounced hard off the rim. As the two teams scrambled for the rebound, the buzzer sounded.

Luverne, which beat Worthington 54-49 in the season opener last month, got 17 points from Gannon Ahrendt en route to the win. Ahrendt scored 11 points in the first half as the Cardinals led 24-20 at intermission.

The Trojans had won four straight games heading into the LHS game -- all of them by 14 points or more. But their biggest offensive weapon, senior Terbuto Ochothow, managed just one point in the first half against the Cardinals and finished with eight. Bruns led the Trojans with 11 points, Daniel Pavelko added seven and Meer Othow had six.

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Afterward, Luverne head coach John Sichmeller praised his players.

“They locked in on defense and we held ‘em to 46 points. They stayed locked in the whole game,” he said.

Sichmeller said the game plan was to know where Ochothow and Bruns were for the entire contest. The Cardinal guards were largely able to blunt Worthington’s attempts to penetrate the lane.

Seth Bose scored nine for Luverne, and teammates Jayson Rops and Cowell had eight each.

Luverne moved to 8-2 with the victory, dropping Worthington to 6-4.

With each win, Sichmeller said his team is gaining more confidence.

“We think we can beat anybody we’ve got in our section. But keep in mind, we can lose to anybody, too,” he said.

Worthington 20 46

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Luverne 24 48

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