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Boys Basketball: Hot-shooting Cardinals down Warriors

Chris Karels scored 17 points and Ben Staehling and Brandon Burggraff each added 13, but the Brainerd Warriors dropped their fifth straight with Friday's 70-58 Central Lakes Conference loss to the Alexandria Cardinals at Brainerd High School.

The Cardinals shot 52 percent from the field and 72 percent (13 of 18) from the foul line. Justin Balcome led all scorers with 26.

Tanner Lundberg led the Warriors with four assists, but Brainerd turned the ball over 12 times compared to seven for Alexandria.

Burggraff added eight rebounds and Joey Sauer scored seven points for the Warriors

Alexandria 29 41—70

Brainerd 25 33—58

ALEXANDRIA

Trey Hoepner 19, Michael Kuhn 7, Michael Empting 3, Jared Schneider 9, Justin Balcome 26, Bryce Ludwig 3, Carter Stockert 3. FG 24-46 (52.2 percent), FT 13-18 (72.2 percent). 3-point 9-18 (50 percent)

BRAINERD

Ben Staehling , Mason Malone , Eric Martin , Tanner Lundberg , Chris Karels, Owen Davis, Gabe Smith , Joey Sauer , Connor Powers , Brandon Burggraff , Nathan Rud , Ben Westerberg , Taylor Shelito . FG 19-44 (43.2 percent), FT 8-14 (57.1 percent). 3-point 12-26 (46.2 percent). Conference: 4-2. Overall: 5-6. Next: at Moorhead 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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