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Verndale's Eric Blaha tries a jumper in the paint during the first half of a Feb. 14 tilt with Staples-Motley. Blaha scored 16 points for the Pirates in a 69-66 win. Photo by Brian Hansel, Pioneer Journal

Pirates tack up 71-50 win over Trojans

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The Verndale Pirates went 21 of 26 at the foul stripe Tuesday in reeling off a 71-50 victory over Park Region Conference foe Sebeka.

Dallas Ehrmantraut was Verndale's top gunner with 26 points. Marcos Gomez popped in 12 points and Josh Gilb scored 11.

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Derek Lillquist scored a dozen points for the Trojans, who received scoring from 11 players. The Trojans put up 29 3-point shots and connected on nine of them. They converted on 29 percent of their field goal shots.

The victory gave the Pirates a 14-7 season mark and a 7-4 record in the PRC. The Trojans fell to 2-19 overall and 1-9 in conference play.

The Pirates will host Nevis on Monday and Class A's sixth-seeded Browerville Tigers on Thursday to close out their regular season schedule.

SEBEKA (50)

M. Olson 3, K. Skaro 2, R. Johnson 2, D. Lillquist 12, S. Krabb 3, J. Steinke 5, T. Brockpahler 6, M. Lillquist 3, J. Clark 2, C. Castro 9, A. Paulson 3. Totals: 7/9 9-15 50

VERNDALE (71)

M. Gomez 12, C. Ehrmantraut 2, D. Ehrmantraut 26, E. Blaha 9, J. Gilb 11, J. Kveton 5, D. Fisher 4, M. Blaha 2. Totals: 16/6 21-26 71

Verndale 41 30 - 71

Sebeka 30 20 - 50

Verndale 40, Eagle Valley 34

Josh Gilb canned 13 points and grabbed 14 boards Feb. 15 as the Pirates topped the Rebels for their second victory in two nights.

After scoring 41 points in the first half of their 66-63 victory Thursday over Staples-Motley, the Pirates were only able to manage a 21-19 halftime lead over the Rebels. The Pirates won the game at the foul line where they were eight of 14.

Logan Riedel netted 15 points for Eagle Valley while Luke Mock scored 10.

VERNDALE (40)

M. Gomez 5, D. Ehrmantraut 8, E. Blaha 8, J. Gilb 13, J. Kveton 6. Totals: 10/4 8-14 40

EAGLE VALLEY (34)

L. Riedel 15, S. Meiners 7, D. Bailey 2, L. Mock 10. Totals: 10/4 2-4 34

Verndale 21 19 -- 40

Eagle Valley 19 15 -- 34

Verndale 69, Staples-Motley 66

Dallas Ehrmantraut poured in 28 points and Eric Blaha chipped in with 16 more in leading the Pirates past the Cardinals in a hard-fought contest Feb. 14 on Verndale's home court.

Both teams scored freely in the first half and the Pirates went into their locker room with a slim 41-40 lead. The second half saw the Pirates edging the Cards 28-26.

Ehrmantraut dished out nine assists and collected four steals for the Pirates.

Kyle Jansson's 16 points paced the Cards. Tyler Holub and Zach Schmitz combined for 21 points.

The victory gave Jordan Hinkle's Pirates a 12-7 mark. The Cardinals dropped to 9-12.

STAPLES-MOTLEY (66)

K. Jansson 16, B. Huber 6, J. Wick 7, Z. Schmitz 10, T. Holub 11, J. Busker 4, S. Auger 9, M. Hagenson 3. Totals: 19/5 13-16 66

VERNDALE (69)

M. Gomez 7, C. Ehrmantraut 2, D. Ehrmantraut 28, E. Blaha 16, J. Gilb 4, J. Kveton 9, D. Fisher 3. Totals: 19/5 16-22 69

Staples-Motley 40 26 - 66

Verndale 41 28 - 69

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