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Bagley boys basketball team advances in 8-2A

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Bagley will battle Thief River Falls 7 p.m. Tuesday in the North Sub-Section 8-2A boys basketball final and that winner will advance to the 8-2A championship game on Friday.

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The Flyers gained the sub-section final, which most likely will be at Crookston, by defeating East Grand Forks 54-47 Saturday in Bagley. Thief River Falls eliminated Crookston in Saturday's other sub-section semifinal.

"We played well," said Bagley coach Chuck Anderson. "East Grand Forks had a height advantage and did a great job with the offensive rebounds.

"But we finally got our press going in the second half and we took advantage of the times when East Grand Forks was careless with the basketball," Anderson added.

The Flyers trailed 22-19 at intermission but opened the second half on a hot streak and quickly gained control.

"We finished the game on a mini-run to preserve the win," Anderson said.

Tyler George scored 14 points to pace the Flyers who improved to 27-2. Kris Skersick added 13 points and Austin Bellefy 10.

During the regular season Bagley defeated Thief River Falls 78-64.

"That result doesn't mean much," Anderson said. "I think we've gotten better since then and I know Thief River Falls has gotten better. I just hope that our improvement is exponential to theirs."

Blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions to the west of Bemidji forced Section 8A boys basketball officials to alter the playoff schedules.

Originally, Cass Lake-Bena was to meet Red Lake County 1 p.m. Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls in the East Sub-Section semifinals. Following that game Kelliher-Northome was scheduled to face Fosston.

On Friday those games were switched to Saturday afternoon at Thief River Falls High School to accommodate a rescheduling of the Section 8A girls basketball title game between Red Lake County Central and Northern Freeze which had been shifted to the REA.

The poor weathered continued, however, and officials decided that Saturday games were not an option. As a result, top-seeded CL-B will meet No. 4 RLC 6 p.m. Monday at the REA and sixth-rated K-N will tangle with No. 2 Fosston at 7:45 p.m.

The East 8A title game will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the REA and the Section 8A championship will be decided 7 p.m. Friday, also at the REA.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions to the west of Bemidji forced Section 8A boys basketball officials to alter the playoff schedules.

Originally, Cass Lake-Bena was to meet Red Lake County 1 p.m. Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls in the East Sub-Section semifinals. Following that game Kelliher-Northome was scheduled to face Fosston.

On Friday those games were switched to Saturday afternoon at Thief River Falls High School to accommodate a rescheduling of the Section 8A girls basketball title game between Red Lake County Central and Northern Freeze which had been shifted to the REA.

The poor weathered continued, however, and officials decided that Saturday games were not an option. As a result, top-seeded CL-B will meet No. 4 RLC 6 p.m. Monday at the REA and sixth-rated K-N will tangle with No. 2 Fosston at 7:45 p.m.

The East 8A title game will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the REA and the Section 8A championship will be decided 7 p.m. Friday, also at the REA.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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