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Blaha sparks Pirates in 83-67 rout of Tigers

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Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

Mitchell Blaha shook off a light scoring night against Menahga Thursday by canning a game-high 23 points Friday in Verndale's 83-67 win over Pine River-Backus.

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Eric Blaha backed up his brother with 18 tallies. James Kveton and Marcos Gomez combined for 23 points. Jordan Hinkle's club converted on 44 percent of their treys by making eight of 18 attempts. The Pirates were also strong at the foul line where the made 15 of their 20 attempts for a 75 percent average.

Zach Struss paced the Tigers with 16 points. Konrad Bueckers added 14 points.

The victory lifted the Pirates to 14-3.

VERNDALE (83)

M. Gomez 11, E. Korfe 3, M. Blaha 23, C. Ehrmantraut 9, E. Blaha 18, M. Schluttner 5, J. Kveton 12, W. Kramer 2. Totals: 22/8 15-20 83

PINE RIVER-BACKUS (67)

Z. Semmler 8, H. Raph 3, T.J. Lukanen 6, C. Larson 9, K. Bueckers 14, T. Pederson 9, S. Sasse 2, Z. Struss 16. Totals: 23/4 9-18 67

Pine River-Backus 35 32 — 67

Verndale 40 43 — 83

Menahga 65, Verndale 58

Austin Rudquist's 25-point game sparked the Braves and handed the Pirates their first Park Region Conference loss of the season.

The Braves held a slim 30-28 lead at the midway point but out-scored the Pirates 35-30 in the second half.

Aaron Hrdlicka and Austen Schwartz combined for 26 points in the victory.

Eric Blaha was Verndale's top gunner with 23 points. Marcos Gomez pumped in 21 points. The Pirates were six of 23 from three-point range while the Braves were three for eight.

The loss dropped the Pirates to 7-1 in the PRC and 13-3 overall.

MENAHGA (65)

A. Schwartz 12, A. Hrdlicka 14, B. Lusti 5, A. Rudquist 25, L. Schwartz 7, C. Taylor 2. Totals: 22/3 12-17 65

VERNDALE (58)

M. Gomez 21, M. Blaha 5, E. Blaha 23, J. Kveton 2, D. Fisher 3, W. Kramer 4. Totals: 18/6 4-6 58

Verndale 28 30 — 58

Menahga 30 35 — 65

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