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Boys basketball: Red Lake draws Maranatha Christian in state quarterfinals

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

RED LAKE -- The Red Lake boys basketball team will begin its state tournament experience 3 p.m. Thursday against Maranatha Christian Academy in the quarterfinal round of the Class A event at William’s Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

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The Warriors, fresh off Friday’s 70-67 victory over Northern Freeze in the Section 8A championship game, will take a 23-7 record into Thursday’s contest. Maranatha (25-3) slipped past Minneapolis North 67-65 in the Section 5A title game and was given the second seed in the Class A state field.

Red Lake is not ranked among the top five.

Thursday’s upper-bracket quarterfinal games at Williams Arena find No. 1 rated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (28-1) meeting unranked Park Christian (22-9) at 11 a.m. and fourth-seeded Canby (25-4) squaring off against No. 5 Fond du Lac (23-3) at 1 p.m.

Following the Red Lake-Maranatha game, No. 3 Rushford-Peterson (29-1) will tangle with unranked Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (21-7) at 5 p.m.

Thursday’s winners will advance to the Class A semifinals which will be played at noon and 2 p.m. Friday at Target Center. Thursday’s losers will be eliminated.

The championship game is scheduled for noon Saturday at the Target Center and the third-place contest will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday at Concordia-St. Paul.

Section Finals

Section 1A

Rushford-Peterson 38, Goodhue 31

Section 2A

Atwater-C-GC 69, United South Central 61

Section 3A

Canby 66, SW Minn. Christian 59

Section 4A

Maranatha Christian 67, Mpls. North 65

Section 5A

Belgrade-B-E 86, Browerville 52

Section 6A

Park Christian 62, Battle Lake 59

Section 7A

Fond du Lac Ojibwe 77, South Ridge 60

Section 8A

Red Lake 70, Northern Freeze 67

Class A State Tournament

William’s Arena, U of M

Thursday’s Quarterfinals

Game 1: No. 1 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (28-1) vs. Park Christian (22-9), 11 a.m.

Game 2: No. 4 Canby (25-4) vs. No. 5 Fond du Lac (23-3) 1 p.m.

Game 3: No. 2 Maranatha Christian (25-3) vs. Red Lake (23-7), 3 p.m.

Game 4: No. 3 Rushford-Peterson (29-1) vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (21-7), 5 p.m.

Friday’s Semifinals

Target Center

Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, noon

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 2 p.m.

Saturday’s Final

Target Center

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, noon

Saturday’s Third Place

Concordia-SP

Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 10 a.m.

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