Blooming Prairie Boys Win on Late Three; NRHEG Beats WEM
The Blooming Prairie boys' basketball team won a thriller over Maple River Friday night at BPHS 62-61 when Jake Ressler hit a three-pointer with three second left. Coach Nate Piller said the Awesome Blossoms had more than 15 second to run their offense after the Eagles had hit free throws to take the lead.
Ressler ended the night with 14 points. Cameron Kubista led BP with 22. Kaden Thomas scored 13 before getting inured early in the second half. Karson Vigeland chipped in eight. Blooming Prairie (4-4) will be off during the holiday break and returns to play Friday, January 5 at Southland.
The Blooming Prairie girls nearly had the same type of finish, but missed a three-pointer at the buzzer and fell to Maple River 51-49. Coach John Bruns was satisfied with the Blossoms' effort against an Eagles' team that he looks at as being a Gopher Conference favorite.
The NRHEG boys won at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown for the first time in 11 years according to Panthers' coach Pat Churchill. NRHEG won 60-53 Friday night in a back-and-forth contest. The Panthers were up by nine when the Bucs went on a 12-0 run to grab a three-point lead.
On the next play, the Panthers' Jacob Schuller hit a layup and was fouled, but missed the free throw. Churchill says the team came away with a steal and Brady Agrimson made a basket to put the Panthers back ahead. Benji Lundberg led team with 27 points.
The Panthers (6-0) play in the competitive Bethany Lutheran Tournament in Mankato December 27-29. NRHEG, who won the event in 2016, opens with St. Croix Lutheran (4-1) Wednesday at 8PM. The Crusaders only loss is to top-twenty ranked Waseca.