High School Boys Basketball: First half pushes Litchfield past NLS

Joe Brown, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Mar. 6—LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield boys basketball team jumped to a huge halftime lead on its way to a 70-54 victory over New London-Spicer on Friday night.

The Dragons led 37-13 at halftime in the Wright County Conference West Division match-up.

Avery Liestman led Litchfield with 26 points and seven rebounds. Christian Kelsey had 12 points and Alex Draeger contributed 11 points for the Dragons.

For NLS, Jaden Zylstra had 12 points and Brycen Christensen added 10.

Litchfield plays at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Minnewaska. NLS hits the road to play at 7 p.m. Monday at Rockford.

Litchfield 70,

NLS 54

Litchfield (10-4) 37 33 — 70

NLS (7-9) 13 41 — 54

LITCHFIELD — Scoring: Ben Alsleben 2, Tyson Michels 9, Avery Liestman 26, Alex Draeger 11, Tyler 1, Beau Weseloh 4, Blake Aller 3, Noah Schow 2, Christian Kelsey 12 ... 3-point shots: Liestman 4, Draeger 3, Weseloh 1, Aller 1 ... Rebound leader: Michels 7, Liestman 7 ... Assist leader: Alsleben 4, Michels 4 ... Steal leader: Draeger 2 ... Block leader: none

NLS — Scoring: Brycen Christensen 10, Jaden Zylstra 12, Aedan Anderson 7, Brady Gerhardson 2, No. 13 2, Mason Toutges 2, Grant Paffrath 7, Kalen Smith 3, Tyler Danielson 9 ... 3-point shots: Christensen 2, Zylstra 1, Anderson 1, Paffrath 1, Danielson 2... Rebound leader: Danielson 5, Christensen 5 ... Assist leader: Anderson 2 ... Steal leader: Anderson 2, Christensen 2, Danielson 2 ... Block leader: none

Central Minnesota

Paynesville 80,

ACGC 78

Chase Bayer sank two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to help Paynesville slip past host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Bayer finished with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Max Athmann had 18 points, including six 3-pointers. Corbin Froelich had 20 points. The Bulldogs had 14 3-pointers.

For ACGC, senior guard Braeden Pickle had a season-best 31 points with eight assists. Junior guard Brock Denton and senior wing Levi Lilleberg each had 11 points for the Falcons, who led 46-44 at halftime.

Paynesville next plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Morris/Chokio-Alberta. ACGC is next scheduled to play Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7:15 p.m. Friday, March 12 in Grove City.

Paynesville (9-6) 44 36 — 80

ACGC (2-12) 46 32 — 78

PAYNESVILLE — Scoring: Eli Nelson 2, Gus Johnson 6, Chase Bayer 21, Kadin Ludwig 2, Corbin Froelich 20, Max Athmann 18, Bennett Evans 2, Mitchell Bertram 9 ... 3-point shots: Athmann 6, Bayer 5, Johnson 2, Froelich 1 ... Rebound leader: N/A ... Assist leader: N/A ... Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

ACGC — Scoring: Alex Kokenge 4, Braeden Pickle 31, Logan Hoekstra 4, Brock Denton 11, Levi Lilleberg 11, Thor Goerish 8, AJ Slinden 9... 3-point shots: Denton 3, Pickle 1... Rebound leaders: Kokenge 8, Lilleberg 6, Denton 5 ... Assist leaders: Pickle 8, Lilleberg 2 ... Steal leaders: Pickle 2, Goerish 1 ... Block leaders: Denton 1, Lilleberg 1

BBE 53,

Holdingford 39

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa won its fifth straight and improved to 10-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference after getting a road win over Holdingford.

The Jaguars led 28-15 at halftime.

BBE plays Upsala at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Brooten.

BBE (11-3) 28 25 — 53

Holdingford (1-12) 15 24 — 39

West Central

Melrose 55,

Montevideo 28

Melrose clinched its ninth West Central Conference championship in 10 years after beating Montevideo in Melrose.

Landon Stock was the only Thunder Hawk in double figures with 10 points. Cole Augeson followed up with five points.

Montevideo next plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday against BOLD in Bird Island.

Montevideo (5-9) 13 15 — 28

Melrose (15-0) 34 21 — 55

MONTEVIDEO — Scoring: Landon Stock 10, Cole Augeson 5, Colby Buseman 4, Francis O'Malley 3, Kaden Boike 2, Justin Collins 2, Andrew Vanbinsbergen 2 ... 3-point shots: Stock 1 ... Rebound leader: O'Malley 7 ... Assist leader: Stock 3 ... Steal leader: Hunter Strand 2 ... Block leader: Buseman 1

MELROSE — Stats not available

Non-Conference

Windom 69,

CMCS 67

Windom earned the non-conference victory over Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg.

The Eagles, a Class AA school in the Big South Conference, led 37-33 at halftime.

For CMCS, Case Mulder had 21 points, Ethan Bulthuis added 20, Ben Van Eps 15 and Blake Greenwaldt 12.

CMCS next plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday against MACCRAY in Clara City.

Windom (4-10) 37 32 — 69

CMCS (12-4) 33 34 — 67

WINDOM — Stats not available

CMCS — Scoring: Ethan Bulthuis 20, Case Mulder 21, Blake Greenwaldt 12, Ben Van Eps 15, Caleb Vander Beek 8 ... 3-point shots: Bulthuis 3, Mulder 3, Greenwaldt 4, Van Eps 3 ... Rebound leader: Vander Beek 9 ... Assist leader: Mulder 5, Vander Beek 4 ... Steal leader: Mulder 3, Van Eps 2 ... Block leader: Vander Beek 1