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Area Boys Basketball: C-I advances to third straight section final

DULUTH--Evan Edmundson tallied nine points, all in the final four minutes, to help the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 60-50 come-from-behind victory over the Proctor Rails in the semifinals of the Section 7-2A tournament Wednesday at Minnesota-Duluth.

DULUTH-Evan Edmundson tallied nine points, all in the final four minutes, to help the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 60-50 come-from-behind victory over the Proctor Rails in the semifinals of the Section 7-2A tournament Wednesday at Minnesota-Duluth.

C-I is 25-5, has won nine straight, is ranked No. 11 in Class 2A and has advanced to a section title game for the third consecutive year. The Rangers will face the Esko/Virginia winner for the Section 7-2A title 7 p.m. Friday at UMD.

C-I's Noah Gindorff led all scorers with 19 points and blocked seven shots. Jack Silgen finished with 18 points and Trey Jacobs added nine for C-I which led only 21-20 at halftime and came out slow to start the second.

"The start wasn't what we wanted but there are a lot of possessions in a game and you just have to get through it," said C-I head coach Dave Galovich. "We got down by four early in the second half, but we hung in there and we knocked down our shots and free throws when we had to. It was a total team effort with different guys stepping up when they had to."

For the game, the Rangers finished 19-30 (63 percent) from the field including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc. They were 18-20 from the line after converting just one of two chances in the first half and were 12-12 in the final three minutes.

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A three-point play on an open look underneath by senior Ben Jordan broke a 38-38 tie with about five minutes remaining. A 2-pointer by Silgen gave C-I its biggest lead to that point at 43-38.

Edmundson then nailed his first bucket of the game, a three-pointer from the top of the key off the break, with just under four minutes left and was a perfect 6-6 from the line down the stretch.

Proctor 20 30 - 50

Crosby-Ironton 21 39 - 60

PROCTOR

Bryden Urie 12, Chase Urie 9, Jordan Wetterlind 15, Jon Pioro 12, Beau Adams 2. FG 17-51 (33 percent), FT 10-11 (91 percent). 3-point 6-15 ( percent).

CROSBY-IRONTON

Jack Silgen 18, Evan Edmundson 9, Trey Jacobs 9, Ben Jordan 5, Noah Gindorff 19. FG 19-30 (63 percent), FT 18-20 (90 percent). 3-point 4-8 (50 percent). Overall: 25-4. Next: C-I vs. Virginia/Esko winner for Section 7-2A championship at Minnesota-Duluth 7 p.m. Friday.

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