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AREA BOYS BASKETBALL: Hunstad scores 1,000th point in Pillager win

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AREA BOYS BASKETBALL: Hunstad scores 1,000th point in Pillager win
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

PINE RIVER — Cole Hunstad scored 20 points, exceeding the 1,000-point mark for his career, to lead the Pillager Huskies to a 67-52 victory over the Pine River-Backus Tigers in a non-conference game Thursday.

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Devin Strack added 13 points for the Huskies, who have won seven of the last eight games, followed by Alex Holbrook and EJ Ziegler, who scored 11 points each.

Nathan Holm led scoring for the Tigers with 15 points, followed by Beau Howard and Zach Struss with 13 points each.

Pillager 34 33 ­— 67

Pine River-Backus 28 24 — 52

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Beau Howard 13, Nathan Holm 15, Sam Ruohoniemi 4, Zach Struss 13. FG 19-47 (40 percent), FT 8-14 (57 percent), 3-point baskets: 2-12 (16 percent). Overall: 9-15. Next: at Isle 7:30 p.m. Friday.

PILLAGER

Jake Weizenegger 2, Devin Strack 15, Alex Holbrook 11, Conner Uselman 4, EJ Ziegler 11, Cole Hunstad 20, Adam Obermiller 4. FG 20-39 (51 percent), FT 12-18 (67 percent), 3-point baskets: 5-15 (33 percent). Overall: 18-6. Next: host Verndale 7:45 p.m. Friday.

Lake Region 59,

Woodcrest 51 OT

PLYMOUTH — Josh Gazelka’s putback at the buzzer sent Thursday’s Minnesota Association of Christian Schools state tournament quarterfinal game into overtime and that’s where the Lake Region Christian Hornets eliminated Woodcrest 59-51.

Gazelka finished with eight points. David Jensen posted a season-high 15 points and Daniel Newton added 13 for the 12-8 Hornets, who advanced to Friday’s state semifinals.

Woodcrest 20 30 1 — 51

Lake Region 22 28 9 —59

WOODCREST

Ryan Poorman 8, Ryan Larson 6, Mike Toberman 21, Brett Cournoyer 12, Jess Klitter 4. FT 8-13 (62 percent), 3-point baskets: 5.

LAKE REGION

Daniel Newton 13, Hayden Brooks 4, David Jensen 15, Josh Gazelka 8, Patrick Trout 19. FT 11-22 (50 percent), 3-point baskets: 2. Overall: 12-8. Next: vs. Fourth Baptist/Victory Christian winner in MACS state tournament 2 p.m. Friday.

Little Falls 74,

Willmar 62

LITTLE FALLS — Josh Wenzel’s 23 points helped the Little Falls Flyers notch their sixth consecutive win as they defeated the Willmar Cardinals 74-62 in a non-conference game Thursday.

Matt Valentine added 17 points for the Flyers, followed by Thomas Smith with 14 and Collin Eckman with 10.

Jimmy Unger and Austin Rambow finished with 10 points each for the Cardinals, who had won five of their last six games.

Little Falls 31 43 — 74

Willmar 31 31 — 62

WILLMAR

Dean Stier 9, Jordan Geurtz 2, Jimmy Unger 10, Sean Zuidema 2, Matthew Suedbeck 5, Jeremy Olson 2, Cody Magnuson 5, Brandon Zuidema 9, Austin Rambow 10, Dylan Schueler 3, Alexander Grove 5. FG 23-57 (40 percent), FT 13-17 (76 percent), 3-point baskets:3-18 (17 percent)

LITTLE FALLS

Collin Eckman 10, Grant Bell 5, Josh Wenzel 23, Matt Valentine 17, Spencer Lubbers 4, Thomas Smith 14, Travis Spillum 1. FG 28-55 (51 percent), FT 12-24 (50 percent), 3-point baskets:6-14 (43 percent). Overall: 19-5. Next: at Princeton 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Pierz 61, Kimball 25

PIERZ — Eleven players scored for Pierz, led by Caleb Janson’s 17 points, in the Pioneers’ 61-25 win over the Kimball Cubs Thursday in a Central Minnesota Conference game.

Janson also pulled down nine rebounds and Jess Kasper added 11 points for Pierz, which led 31-4 at the half.

Kimball 4 21 — 25

Pierz 31 30 — 61

KIMBALL

Austin Ruehle 8, Cameron Hunt 2, Connor Wittenberg 5, Cole Denn 2, Adam Laabs 6, Jarred Merchant 2. FG 10-48 (21 percent), FT 3-8 (38 percent), 3-point baskets: 2-17 (12 percent).

PIERZ

Josh Templin 2, Mitch Bednar 6, Ben Boser 2, Cole Reardon 2, Jess Kasper 11, Dylan Smieja 2, Preston Weber 7, Caleb Janson 17, Michael Marshik 4, Cullin Carter 4, Logan Meyer 4. FG 23-52 (44 percent), FT 9-14 (64 percent), 3-point baskets: 6-16 (38 percent). Conference: 10-2. Overall: 18-6. Next: host Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Nevis 52,

Staples-Motley 45

STAPLES — Kyle Jansson scored 19 points for the Staples-Motley Cardinals as they were defeated 52-45 by the Nevis Tigers in a non-conference game Thursday.

Taylor Chase was the top scorer for the Tigers, who won their fifth straight game, with 24 points.

Nevis 25 27 — 52

Staples-Motley 13 32 — 45

NEVIS

Robbie Hine 4, Matt Gustafson 2, Gavin Becker 7, Taylor Chase 24, Jordan Feder 2, Jacob Keranen 13. FT 17-26 (65 percent).

STAPLES-MOTLEY

Kyle Jansson 19, Brian Huber 3, Jordan Wick 5, Jalen Busker 4, Tyler Holib 1, Seth Auger 2, Grant Longbella 9, Zach Borders 2. FT 14-19 (74 percent). Overall: 7-17. Next: host Crosby-Ironton 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Swanville 58,

Verndale 54

VERNDALE — Dallas Ehrmantraut led all scorers with 18 points as the Verndale Pirates lost 58-54 to Swanville in a non-conference game Thursday.

Aaron Denny added 12 for the Pirates, who led 28-23 at halftime and by 12 at one time.

Swanville 23 35 — 58

Verndale 28 26 — 54

SWANVILLE

Colten Kruzel 9, Austin Mollner 9, Tyler Becker 4, Tren Dinius 11, Derek Pfeiffer 16, Cody Novak 3, Jordan Sales 6. FT 11-17 (65 percent), 3-point baskets: 4.

VERNDALE

Christian Siedschlaw 2, Marcos Gomez 5, Dallas Ehrmantraut 18, Josh Gilb 6, James Kveton 5, Travis Lollar 6, Aaron Denny 12. FT 10-13 (77 percent), 3-point baskets: 4. Overall: 7-15. Next: at Pillager 7:45 p.m. Friday.

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