365体育投注It didn’t look promising for the Menahga boys basketball team at the start of a Section 8AA play-in game against Staples-Motley on Monday, March 2.

365体育投注The Braves faced a 31-15 deficit before responding with a 29-14 run to close the half to get back in the game. A pivotal 20-2 run in the second half completed the comeback and sparked an 84-70 victory at Menahga.

Staples-Motley, the No. 9 seed in the South half of Section 8AA, jumped out to an 11-1 lead behind two jumpers and a 3-pointer by Sivert Klefsaas. Another 3-pointer by Klefsaas and two 3-pointers by Ben Olander pushed the lead to 23-8 with 12:44 to play in the first half. After a 3-pointer by Charlie Hodge cut the deficit to 23-15, a 3-pointer by Isaiah Schultz gave the Cardinals a 31-15 advantage at the 8:52 mark.

A pair of 3-pointers by Hodge began Menahga’s comeback. A jumper, two layups and a three-point play by Wade Berttunen, a jumper by Brock Berttunen, and two jumpers by Jonah Howard pulled the Braves to within 45-44 at the half. Menahga also hit 11 free throws during that stretch.

365体育投注Three 3-pointers by Hodge offset 3-pointers by Klefsaas and Olander as the game was tied at 53-53 before a layup by Wade Berttunen gave Menahga a 55-53 lead with 14:32 to play. Another 3-pointer by Klefsaas put the Cardinals in front 58-55 before the No. 8 seed took the lead for good with an 11-0 run as a 3-pointer by Wade Berttunen and two layups by Howard helped provide a 66-58 lead with 10:35 to play. Layups by Wade Berttunen and Andreas Aho, a jumper by Hodge, and a three-point play by Howard pushed the lead to 75-60 with 7:16 left.

Klefsaas and Ryan Wick hit 3-pointers as Staples-Motley sliced the gap to 77-69 with 3:31 to go, but a 3-pointer by Hodge and a layup by Aho sealed the win.

Wade Berttunen’s 29 points, eight assists and seven rebounds led the Braves, who made 9 of 21 3-pointers in the game. Hodge added 25 points while Howard had 16 points, five rebounds and four steals. Aho also hit double figures with 12 points and had five rebounds and four assists as Menahga advanced. The Braves carried a 13-14 record against No. 1 Fergus Falls.

365体育投注Klefsaas hit six 3-pointers and finished with 29 points and Olander had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Cardinals ended the season with a 6-21 record. Max Strickland dished out 11 assists as Staples-Motley was eliminated despite going 21 for 26 on 3-point attempts.

STAPLES-MOTLEY: Strickland 1 2-2 4, Schultz 3 0-0 8, Klefsaas 9 5-8 29, Olander 5 2-2 15, Kronenberg 2 2-2 6, Demars 1 1-6 3, Wick 2 0-0 5. Totals: 23 for 54 (FG), 12 for 20 (FT).
MENAHGA: Hodge 8 2-2 25, A. Aho 3 6-6 12, Howard 5 6-7 16, V. Aho 0 0-0 0, W. Berttunen 9 9-11 29, B. Berttunen 1 0-1 2. Totals: 26 for 52 (FG), 23 for 27 (FT).
Halftime: S-M 45, Menahga 44. Three-pointers: Schultz 2, Klefsaas 6, Olander 3, Wick 1, Hodge 7, W. Berttunen 2. Team fouls: S-M 20, Menahga 13. Fouled out: Schultz, W. Berttunen. Rebounds: Menahga 26 (W. Berttunen 7, Howard 5, A. Aho 5, Hodge 4, B. Berttunen 3, V. Aho 2). Assists: Menahga 18 (W. Berttunen 8, A. Aho 4, V. Aho 2, Hodge 2, B. Berttunen 2). Steals: Menahga 12 (Howard 4, Hodge 2, W. Berttunen 2, A. Aho 2, V. Aho 1, B. Berttunen 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 2 (V. Aho 1, W. Berttunen 1). Turnovers: S-M 20, Menahga 13.