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Prep boys basketball: Ellsworth holds on; Red Rock Central gets home win

FULDA -- Justin Dierks had a last second 3-point shot to tie the game at 58, but the shot didn't fall and the Ellsworth Panthers escaped with a narrow 58-55 victory over Fulda Saturday night.Malik Herman had a big night for Ellsworth. The senior ...

FULDA - Justin Dierks had a last second 3-point shot to tie the game at 58, but the shot didn’t fall and the Ellsworth Panthers escaped with a narrow 58-55 victory over Fulda Saturday night.
Malik Herman had a big night for Ellsworth. The senior forward finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Brandon Kramer followed up Herman’s lead performance with 17 points.
Other good performances came from Trei Hinrichs and Jared Luethold. Hinrichs had 11 points and eight assists and Leuthold had six assists of his own.
For Fulda, Dierks finished with 15 points and Ben White had 12 points to lead the way.
Ellsworth goes to 3-9 overall with the win and Fulda falls to 3-10.
Ellsworth 34 58
Fulda 27 55

RRC 58, Wabasso 40
LAMBERTON - The Red Rock Central Falcons utilized stifling defense in the second half to propel themselves to victory Saturday night.
The homestanding Falcons didn’t allow the Wabasso Rabbits to score in the opening nine minutes of the second half.
Leading the Falcons offensively was Luke Engen. The junior forward finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Trevor Pederson also had a good night, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Other key performances came from Taylor Bunting (10 points) and Brady Rasmussen (seven points, seven assists).
With the victory the Falcons advance to 5-7 overall and will look to improve their record tonight in Adrian.
Wabasso 29 40
RRC 29 58

Canby 82, HL-O 53
MARSHALL - Running the floor well and putting 10 players in the scoring column Saturday, the Canby Lancers improved to 8-4 for the season with a 29-point win over Heron Lake-Okabena at Southwest Minnesota State University.
The Wildcats (1-11) trailed by just five, 24-19, with eight minutes left in the first half. But the Lancers, sparked by junior guard Sawyer Hansen - who connected five times from behind the 3-point line prior to intermission - finished the half with a 27-9 surge.
Hansen (17), Matt Slaba (16) and Adam Durfree (12) each netted double figures for the Lancers.
HL-O also had three players score in double figures, as Matt Poppe played strong inside and scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the first half.
Travis Behrends (nine rebounds, five steals, three assists, two blocks) and Logan Knutson (three assists) each contributed 13 points, while Austin Hietbrink passed well and dished off a trio of first-half assists for the Wildcats, who play at Madelia tonight.
HL-O 28 53
Canby 51 82

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