Boys Basketball: Warriors knock down 4th-ranked Buffalo

The Brainerd Warriors traveled to Buffalo Saturday, Feb. 18.

Johnny Pecarich
Johnny Pecarich

BUFFALO — Behind 39 points and five assists from senior Johnny Pecarich, the Brainerd Warriors upset Class 4A’s fourth-ranked Buffalo Bison 73-59 Saturday, Feb 18, at Buffalo.

With the score tied 33-33 at the half, Brainerd exploded with 40 second-half points Nick Evanson finished with 15 points and Eli Hoelz added 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The Bison were undefeated against Section 8-4A teams prior to Saturday’s matchup. Brainerd improved to 5-0 against section teams and has now won eight straight.

Pecarich was 8-of-12 from 3-point for the game as Brainerd shot 51.1% from the field and hit on 17-of-18 free throws.

Buffalo 33 26 -- 59

Brainerd 33 40 -- 73


John Pecarich 39, Eli Hoelz 10, Nick Evanson 15, Jake Merseth 5, Luke Diem 3, Garrett Gilbert 2. FG 24-47 (51.1%), FT 17-18 (94.4%). 3-point 8-22 (36.4%). Overall: 17-3. Next: at Fergus Falls 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20.

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