Storm boys hold off Willmar to advance

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By Tom Fenton| Staff writer

The Sauk Rapids-Rice boys basketball team used a strong first half and held off a late Willmar rally in a 46-45 victory in the Section 8AAA quarterfinals March 8 at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in Sauk Rapids.

Dom Mathies scored 16 points and Mason Rudolph added 10 for the Storm (15-12), which will face the Tigers in the semifinals Friday, March 11, at Tech High School in St. Cloud.

“It doesn’t matter if you win by one point or 20 in the playoffs,” said Derek Peterson, SRR head coach.

With the Storm clinging a 46-44 lead in the closing seconds, senior Eli Moilanen intercepted a pass in front of the Willmar bench. With his momentum taking him out of bounds, Moilanen called time out before hitting the ground. SRR, however, was out of timeouts, which is a technical foul.

With 1.5 seconds remaining, Willmar’s Alex Schramm missed the first free throw and made the second to cut the Storm lead to one. The Cardinals in-bounded the ball from mid-court in an attempt for a last-second shot, but Andrew Harren intercepted the pass to seal the victory.

The Storm played without Jayce Walrath (shoulder surgery), Alex Harren (foot injury) and Bryce Lund (foot injury).
Watch for full story in the March 12 edition of the Sauk Rapids Herald.

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PHOTO BY TOM FENTON
Sauk Rapids-Rice senior Eli Moilanen applies defensive pressure on Willmar’s Abdi Abdullahi March 8 at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in Sauk Rapids. The Storm defeated the Cardinals, 46-45, in the Section 8AAA quarterfinals and will play Friday, March 11, at Tech High School in St. Cloud.