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Cowboys rope in Wolverines after big home court win

East Grand Forks' Colton Dauksavage (13) tried to cut off a charge into the front court by Wadena-Deer Creek's Noah Ross (33) during the second half of Thursday's Section 8AA game in Wadena. Ross scored a team-high 26 points as the Wolverines defeated the visiting Green Wave 90-84. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal

Kevin Tumberg was proud of his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Saturday night when they walked off the Concordia College court.

The seventh-seeded Wolverines lost a 66-33 decision to second-seeded Breckenridge in Section 8AA quarterfinal action at Moorhead.

"We played our heart out," Tumberg said. "I am extremely proud of our effort on the defensive end. Breckenridge is a tough and talented team. We played them a month ago and gave up 100 points and lost by 40. Saturday we held them to 66 points and lost by 30."

But while Tumberg left the Concordia Fieldhouse feeling good, many of his players were still hungry.

"They aren't satisfied," Tumberg said. "They feel it could have been an even better season and they are already ready to get our summer basketball programs and leagues going so we can move forward next season."

The Cowboys played a smooth first half and held a 34-18 lead at the midway point. They held the high-scoring Wolverines to only 15 points in the second half and ended up limiting Tumberg's club to their weakest offensive production of the season.

On the way to placing fourth in the eight-team Park Region Conference this year, the Wolverines averaged a conference-high 65.4 points a game. They scored 70 points or better in 13 of their 28 games.

Concordia's main court baskets were not accepting three-pointers Saturday night. The Wolverines dished up 17 treys but saw only two of them drop. Senior Dacotah Mittag led the team with 10 tallies.

"Dacotah Mittag will be a big loss for us, but we have some players ready to step up." Tumberg said. "Dacotah has played a huge role in turning the WDC boys' basketball program around."

The Cowboys dominated underneath with 24 deuces to WDC's eight. Noah Christensen scored 15 points for Breckenridge while Stevin Lipp canned 11 and Hunter Fiegum netted 10. The Cowboys also had a tough time shooting threes making only four of 27.

The Wolverines ended the season with a 13-15 record.

BRECKENRIDGE (66)

Carson Yaggie 7, Noah Christensen 15, Andrew Kram 6, EJ Engen 3, Max Johnson 2, Stevin Lipp 11, Hunter Feigum 10, Sam Bakken 2, Jace LeNoue 2. Totals: 24/4 6-10 66

WADENA-DEER CREEK (33)

Bereket Loer 6, Jonathan Pantages 6, Thomas Quincer 4, Ryan Olson 1, Noah Ross 5, Ryan Anderson 1, Dacotah Mittag 10. Totals: 8/2 11-16 33

Breckenridge 34 32 - 66

Wadena-Deer Creek 18 15 - 33

WDC 90, EGF 84

Backed up by a raucous hometown crowd, the Wolverines came out on top in a basketball slugfest with East Grand Forks Thursday on the their WDC court.

The seventh-seeded Wolverines, who were hosting their first section playoff game since 2003, piled up 59 second half points to turn the tables on the 10th-seeded Green Wave, who led 40-31 at the half.

"You could tell at halftime that us being down by nine was not going to keep us down," WDC head coach Kevin Tumberg said. "They were motivated to get back in this game and they did."

Tumberg gave a lot of credit to WDC's fans for inspiring the team's rally.

A three-pointer by Christian Dugan pushed the Green Wave to within four, 81-74, with 1:49 left. Forced to foul, the Green Wave gave the Wolverines 12 uncontested shots in the final two minutes. Tumberg's club made nine of them.

Noah Ross was WDC's high point man with 26. Ryan Anderson came off the bench to score a season-high 25. Dacotah Mittag produced a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Wolverines shot 53 percent from the field hitting on 30 of 56 shots. They were 75 percent at the foul line where they made 22 of 29 attempts. The Wolverines made 40 percent of their three-point shots.

"This was hands down the best game of the season," Tumberg said. "The boys came out a little slow, but really turned things on midway through the first half."

Sam Votava paced the Green Wave with 24 points while Dugan and Aaron Havis scored 22 apiece and Julian Benson canned 10.

EAST GRAND FORKS (84)

Aaron Havis 22, Colton Dauksavage 2, Sam Votava 24, Christian Dugan 22, Julian Benson 10, Maguire Stanislawski 4. Totals: 25/8 10-20 84

WADENA-DEER CREEK (90)

Bereket Loer 9, Jonathan Pantages 8, Thomas Quincer 5, Noah Ross 26, Ryan Anderson 25, Dacotah Mittag 17. Totals: 22/8 22-29 90

East Grand Forks 40 44 - 84

Wadena-Deer Creek 31 59 - 90

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