Braham, C-I seeded No. 3 for boys hoops playoffs

Senior Zach Dahlman became the latest entry into the Braham Basketball 1,000-point club when he eclipsed that mark in the win over Pierz Feb. 22. Dahlman and the Bombers host Maple Lake Feb. 27 in their first Section 5AA game after moving into the affiliation this season.

Senior Zach Dahlman became the latest entry into the Braham Basketball 1,000-point club when he eclipsed that mark in the win over Pierz Feb. 22. Dahlman and the Bombers host Maple Lake Feb. 27 in their first Section 5AA game after moving into the affiliation this season.

Both the Braham and Cambridge-Isanti boys basketball squads were seeded in the No. 3 slot for their respective section tournaments which get underway this week.

The Bombers (23-3) begin the playoff voyage in their new Section 5AA with the 3rd seed in the North division. They drew No. 6 Maple Lake (12-12) for the 7 p.m. opener on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Action shifts to St. Michael-Alberville H.S. for the quarterfinals on March 1. A Braham win in the opener would have them face either No. 2 seed Annandale (19-6) or No. 7 Foley at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

Also in Braham’s tough North half of the section is 2nd-ranked top-seed St. Cloud Cathedral (20-5), with Milaca (12-9) and Mora (13-12) filling the Nos. 4 and 5 spots. The section semis will be 8 p.m. back at St. Michael-Albertville on Tuesday night, March 4.

The Section 5AA championship will follow on Friday, March 7 at St. Cloud State. In the 5AA South, Howard Lake-Waverly (20-5) is the No. 1 seed. Watertown-Mayer (14-11) is No. 2, and Breck (10-14) is No. 3 in the South.

The Bombers closed the regular season with an 83-61 win over visiting Pierz on Feb. 22. Senior Zach Dahlman eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career when he scored 14 points and doubled up with 10 rebounds. Chris Olson hit five three-pointers to lead the scorers with 29 points, and John Larson provided 23 points and four assists against the Pioneers.

GRC Boys Basketball: FINAL: Braham 16-0, 23-3; Hinckley-Fin. 12-4, 14-10; Pine City 9-6, 12-13; Rush City 9-7, 10-12; Aitkin 9-6, 12-13; Isle 7-9, 13-13; Onamia 5-11, 10-15; East Central 3-12, 7-15; Ogilvie 0-15, 0-23.

 

Jackets open against Anoka

The Cambridge-Isanti boys (16-9), with its No. 3 seed, will host No. 6 Anoka (3-22) in the Thursday, Feb. 27 quarterfinal game of the Section 7AAAA tournament (7 p.m. start).

A victory that night would send the Bluejackets to the Tuesday, March 4 semifinals at North Branch (8 p.m. game for that half of the brackets). Awaiting for them there could be either No. 2 seed Andover (12-13) or No. 7 Duluth East (4-21).

In the other half of the 7AAAA brackets, No. 1 seed St. Francis (21-5) leads the pack. In the Nos. 4 and 5 slots are Blaine (9-16) and Forest Lake (7-19).  The Section 7AAAA championship will be Friday, March 7 (7 p.m.) back at North Branch H.S.

• The Bluejackets’ Feb. 22 Mississippi 8 cross-over game with St. Michael-Albertville was cancelled due to the weather conditions.

Mississippi 8 Boys Basketball  FINAL East: St. Francis 12-2, 21-5; Cambridge-Isanti 7-6, 16-9; Chisago Lakes 4-9, 9-15; North Branch 3-10, 9-16; Princeton 2-11, 8-16.  West: Buffalo 13-1, 20-6; St. Michael-Alb. 9-4, 13-12; Big Lake 8-5, 18-7; Rogers 4-8, 9-14; Monticello 4-9, 12-13.

 

Bluejacket Girls defeat Vikings

On Feb. 25, the Cambridge-Isanti girls basketball bolted out to a 32-16 lead at the half and kept rolling to record a 63-46 win over visiting North Branch in Mississippi 8 action.

Lily Porta scored 19 and Justine Larson 15 to lead the way past the Vikings. Also marking double-digit scoring were Brooke Olson with 12 and Maria Vavra with 11.

On Saturday, visiting Elk River slipped past the host Bluejackets 55-53 in non-conference action. Porta and Larson again led C-I with 19 and 18 points. Shelby Swanson provided nine rebounds, and Olson pulled down six boards. Vavra finished with seven points and three rebounds.

Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball: East: Cambridge-Isanti 8-4, 14-9; Chisago Lakes 6-4, 16-5; Princeton 4-8, 10-12; St. Francis 3-8, 8-14; North Branch 3-9, 11-13.  West: St. Michael-Alb. 11-0, 18-4; Monticello 9-2, 18-5; Buffalo 7-5, 14-10; Rogers 6-6, 13-10; Big Lake 0-11, 3-20.

 

Braham Girls down Greyhounds

On Feb. 25, Braham girls basketball earned its 20th win on the season by defeating host Duluth East 57-43. The Bombers will wrap up the regular season with a road game at Onamia Feb. 27 (postponed from Feb. 20) and a home game with rival Rush City Feb. 28.

GRC Girls Basketball: Braham 13-1, 20-3; Isle 11-2, 19-2; Aitkin 11-3, 17-5; Rush City 9-5, 11-7; East Central 6-6, 7-11; Ogilvie 4-10, 7-14; Hinckley-Fin. 3-11, 4-16; Pine City 2-11, 2-20; Onamia 2-12, 3-18.

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