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P-E-M rolls to 2A title

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With his team down by one and a state championship on the line, Beau Nelson hit a key 3-pointer and ignited a run that carried Plainview-Elgin-Millville to its first state title in school history.

Nelson scored 21 points, Cory Speer added 18, and the unseeded Bulldogs beat Litchfield 55-39 to win the Class 2A championship on Saturday.

“I hit that 3 and said I’m going to do everything I can to help us win a title,” Nelson said.

And he did exactly that.

Nelson scored the next nine points as the Bulldogs (27-6) went on a 14-0 run midway through the second half to pull away and win their first championship in six tournament appearances.

“He was a man possessed in that second half,” Plainview coach Kirk Thompson said. “It was fantastic.”

Zach Kinny scored 11 points to lead Litchfield (26-5), which previously won titles in 2000, 2002 and 2003.

The Dragons reached the title game after Kinny’s buzzer-beater beat Perham in the semifinals.

“The better team won tonight,” said Litchfield coach John Carlson, whose son, also named John, just signed a $25 million free-agent contract to play tight end for the Vikings.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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