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Boys basketball: WHA, Red Lake, CL-B earn top seeds in Section 8A; Bagley is seeded seventh in 8-2A

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WALKER — The Section 8A boys basketball tournament begins Tuesday with play-in games at five sites, including Clearbrook, Northome and Mahnomen in the East Sub-Section.

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Walker-Hackensack-Akeley received the top seed in the East and will open its section action 6 p.m. Thursday at BSU against the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 9 Laporte and No. 8 Clearbrook-Gonvick.

In Thursday’s second game at BSU, fifth-seeded Blackduck will tackle No. 4 Fosston at 7:45 p.m.

The lower bracket sub-section quarterfinal games will be played at Bemidji High School. At 6 p.m. second-seeded Red Lake will face either No. 10 Lake of the Woods or No. 7 Mahnomen. Thursday’s second game at BHS will pit No. 3 Cass Lake-Bena against the winner of Tuesday’s game between Bug O Nay Ge Shig and Northome-Kelliher.

The rest of the Section 8A tournament will be played at the REA in Thief River Falls. The East sub-section semifinals are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. on March 1 and the East title game will be 7:45 p.m. March 4. The Section 8A championship will be decided March 7 at 7 p.m., also at the REA.

In Section 8-2A, Bagley earned the seventh seed and will begin its postseason 7 p.m. Thursday at No. 2 East Grand Forks. If the Flyers pull off the upset they will advance to the sub-section semifinals and a 7:45 game on March 1 at BSU against either Crookston or Roseau.

The sub-section championship game will be 7 p.m. March 4 at BSU. The Section 8-2A title game is March 7 at BSU and will start at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball Tournaments

Sub-Section 8A East

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Play-in Games, 7 p.m.

Game 1: No. 9 Laporte at No. 8 Clearbrook-Gonvick

Game 2: No. 11 Bug O Nay Ge Shig at No. 6 Northome-Kelliher

Game 3: No. 10 Lake of the Woods at No. 7 Mahnomen

Thursday, Feb. 27

Quarterfinals

Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 6 p.m., BSU

Game 5: No. 4 Fosston vs. No. 5 Blackduck, 7:45 p.m., BSU

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. No. 2 Red Lake, 6 p.m., Bemidji High School

Game 7: Game 2 winner vs. No. 3 Cass Lake-Bena, 7:45 p.m., Bemidji High School

Saturday, March 1

Semifinals, REA

Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Game 9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4

Sub-Section Championship, REA

Game 10: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 7:45 p.m.

Friday, March 7

Section 8A Championship, REA

East champion vs. West champion, 7 p.m.

Sub-Section 8-2A East

Monday, Feb. 24

Play-in Game, 7 p.m.

Game 1; No. 9 Warroad at No. 8 BGMR

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Game 2: Game 1 winner at No. 1 Crosby-Ironton

Game 3: No. 5 Pequot Lakes at No. 4 Park Rapids

Game 4: No. 7 Bagley at No. 2 East Grand Forks

Game 5: No. 6 Roseau at No. 3 Crookston

Saturday, March 1

Semifinals, BSU

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

Game 7: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4

Sub-Section Championship, BSU

Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 7 p.m.

Section 8-2A Championship, BSU

Game 9: East Champion vs. West Champion, 7 p.m.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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