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Area Boys Basketball: Pequot opens with win over Aitkin

AITKIN - Gage Westlund scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 75-41 win over the Aitkin Gobblers in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

AITKIN - Gage Westlund scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 75-41 win over the Aitkin Gobblers in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

Hunter Larson and Josh Buell each added 14 for the Patriots.

The Gobblers were led by Abel Palkie with 12 and Noah Swanson with 10.

Pequot Lakes 34 41 - 75

Aitkin 16 25 - 41

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PEQUOT LAKES

Hunter Larson 14, Jackson Goerges 6, Josh Buell 14, CJ Borleis 9, Brandon Hehir 5, Gage Westlund 16, Eric Elverum 2, Connor Davich 7, Henry Liedl 2. FT 10-18 (56 percent). 3-point baskets 8. Overall: 1-0. Next: host Deer River 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

AITKIN

Dylan Quade 5, Wyatt Sanford 4, Sam Peterson 2, Hunter Moe 2, Noah Swanson 10, Nathan Davies 6, Abel Palkie 12. FT 14-17 (82 percent). 3-point baskets 2. Overall: 0-1. Next: host Braham 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Staples-Motley 83, Walker-H-A 48

STAPLES - Blake Connell and Andrew Israelson tossed in 22 points apiece to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals to an 83-48 season-opening win over the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves in a non-conference game Friday.

The Cards drilled 11 of 23 3-pointers (48 percent) led by Connell's 4-6 and Israelson's 5-9.

Gavin Smith added 10 points for S-M.

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Walker-H-A 33 15 - 48

Staples-Motley 45 38 - 83

WALKER-H-A

Logan Gross 6, Austin Stanfield 2, Jacob Schneider 6, Austin Surber 4, Dakota Hall 6, Bryan Sea 18, Jared Andersen 6. FT 8-15 (53 percent). 3-point baskets 4.

STAPLES-MOTLEY

Gavin Smith 10, Blake Connell 22, Connor Schmitz 2, Zack Hofmann 6, Nathan Schimpp 9, Andrew Israelson 22, Trey Skeesick 4, Colton Paskewitz 4, John Lund 2, Tim Hepokoski 2. FG 31-72 (43 percent), FT 10-17 (59 percent). 3-point 11-23 (48 percent). Overall: 1-0. Next: host Pierz 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Pelican Rapids 82, Wadena-Deer Creek 53

WADENA - Jack Goeden tallied 12 points for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, who opened the season with an 82-53 non-conference loss to the Pelican Rapids Vikings Friday.

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Pelican Rapids 42 40 - 82

Wadena-Deer Creek 16 37 - 53

PELICAN RAPIDS

Donovan Young 5, Oakley Kress 3, Jacob Gottenborg 2, Tyler Honrud 13, Tristan Wald 11, Blaine Gorton 20, Mitch Mackner 21, Logan Knorr 7. FT 10-18 (56 percent). 3-point basket 9.

WADENA-DEER CREEK

Konnor Stueve 3, Jack Goeden 12, Alex Carlson 7, Wyatt Fitzsimmons 8, Joseph Wallgren 4, Matthew Quincer 3, Alex Redfield 6, Noah Ross 6, Dacotah Mittag 4. FT 8-27 (31 percent). 3-point basket 3. Overall: 0-1. Next: Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Wadena-Deer Creek 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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