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Pirates run cage record to 20-5

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Eric Blaha led the way with a double-double Friday as Verndale topped Parkers Prairie 63-56 to end the regular season with a 20-5 record.

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The senior standout netted 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pirates who now take a four-game winning streak into post-season play. The Pirates will entertain the winner of the Bertha-Hewitt/Sebeka playoff game at 7 p.m. Thursday in Verndale.

Mitchell Blaha also finished in double figures for Verndale with 14 tallies. The Pirates converted on 26 of 50 shots inside the three-point arc for a 52 percent clip.

Grant Yohnke was high point man for the Panthers with 28. Andrew Johnson pumped in 16.

The Panthers were 14 of 35 on two-point shots for 40 percent.

VERNDALE (63)

M. Gomez 8, M. Blaha 14, C. Ehrmantraut 5, E. Blaha 19, M. Schluttner 4, J. Kveton 8, W. Kramer 5. Totals: 26/1 8-13 63

PARKERS PRAIRIE (56)

A. Johnson 15, S. Meiners 9, G. Yohnke 28, H. McDaniel 4. Totals: 14/7 7-14 56

Verndale 29 34 — 63

Parkers Prairie 28 28 — 56

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