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Boys Basketball: No. 3 Tigers look to keep things rolling in playoffs

The Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta Tiger boys basketball team has won its past six games to close out the regular season 16-8 and earn the No. 3-seed in the Section 3AA-North tournament.

The Tigers look to be peaking at the right time after starting this season just 3-6.

"We are playing well at the end of the year with only two losses in our last 15 games and they were close games to BOLD and Melrose," Morris/C-A head coach Mark Torgerson said. "I think we have a great opportunity in the upcoming playoffs."

The No. 3-seeded Tigers will play host to No. 6-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, who Morris/C-A split with in the regular season. Both games were close as the Tigers lost 59-54 in early December and won 57-55 win in mid-January against the Falcons.

"Getting the three seed was probably fair as Minnewaska beat both New London-Spicer and Redwood Valley during the regular season," Torgerson said.

New London-Spicer (5-2 in 3AA, 18-7) earned the top-seed in the North subsection. Morris/C-A lost to the Wildcats by eight points, without senior Camden Arndt, who missed to play in the all-star football showcase in December. NLS is the highest ranked team in the entire section with a QRF rank of 13.

Minnewaska (9-2 in 3AA, 16-8) claimed the No. 2 spot in the Section 3AA-North. The Tigers split with the Lakers in the regular season, losing 49-37 on Dec. 20, in Glenwood, and beating them 59-27 on Feb. 5, in Morris.

"We played our best game of the year against Minnewaska the second time around. We know if we win (against ACGC) on Saturday and (Minnewaska) wins that (subsection semifinal) game will be a typical battle between them and us," Torgerson said.

The entire Section 3AA seems wide open as St. James, who claimed the No. 1-seed in the South subsection, is QRF-ranked No. 31 and finished the regular season 15-7 overall and 5-2 in the section. No. 2 Jackson County Central is QRF-ranked No. 34, finishing the regular season 15-9 overall and 8-3 in the section. Similar to Morris/C-A, No. 3 Pipestone also went 7-3 in section play this season.

"NLS and Redwood are also very capable of winning the Section 3AA," Torgerson said. "It is wide open, and we know we can compete with anybody in the section... We know we have to take it one game at a time, and that starts with a tough game against ACGC Saturday."

The Tigers and Falcons tip-off at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in Morris.

Brooke Kern

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