Prep report: Esko unleashes barrage of 3-pointers in Section 7AA quarterfinals
The Eskomos will meet Crosby-Ironton in a section semifinal on Tuesday night.
HERMANTOWN — The top four seeds will contest the semifinals in Section 7AA boys basketball after winning quarterfinals on Saturday at Hermantown High School.
Top seeded Esko had the most impressive offensive performance, routing Pierz 105-55 in the leadoff game of the quadrupleheader.
The Eskomos (24-3) made a mind-boggling 21 3-pointers, with Dalton Spindler drilling seven and Cuinn Berger six.
The Eskomos outscored the Pioneers 55-20 in the first half and comfortably ensured their place in a section semifinal on Tuesday at Romano Gym in Duluth against Crosby-Ironton.
Noah Oberfeld had 16 points to lead Pierz (10-17)
Crosby-Ironton 76, Two Harbors 56
Big games from the Rangers' Carson Turk (26 points) and Jordan Oehrlein (25) overcame a 30-point performance from the Agates' Trent Gomez.
The fourth-seeded Rangers advanced to face Esko, to which they lost 79-56 in Esko on Feb. 23.
The Agates end their season 18-10.
Pequot Lakes 63, Greenway 50
The seventh-seeded Raiders pushed an upset bid through the first half, but a 16-2 run after the break proved their downfall.
The second-seeded Patriots (22-6) got a game-high 17 points from Ryan Harmala.
Greenway (13-14), which had a 27-26 edge at the break, lost despite making 10 treys and getting 16 points from Mathias Macknight and 15 from Westin Smith.
Moose Lake/Willow River 80, Virginia 42
Alex Watrin had the individual performance of the day, racking up 37 points as the Rebels rolled into a semifinal vs. Pequot Lakes at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Romano Gym.
The Rebels defense had a good day too, holding the Blue Devils to 16 first-half points and allowing no one to score more than Casey Aune's 11.
Cherry 67, South Ridge 61
The top-seeded Tigers opened on an 11-2 run but couldn't shake the Panthers until time ran out in their quarterfinal at Romano Gym in Duluth.
Isaac Asuma filled up the stat sheet, coming three assists short of a triple-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Sam Serna added 18 points and Isiah Asuma 14 as the Tigers (24-4) booked a spot in Wednesday's semifinals against Mountain Iron-Buhl (5:30 p.m.).
Austin Josephson scored 26 for the Panthers, who finish 15-10.
Mountain Iron-Buhl 78, Duluth Marshall 67
A 50-point second half floated the Rangers (21-7) into the section semifinals.
It was a 28-27 MI-B lead at halftime, but Asher Zubich could not be contained, scoring 22 of his game-high 35 points after intermission.
Brooks Johnson led the Hilltoppers (16-11) with 24 points, 17 of them in the second half.
Deer River 75, Chisholm 68
The Warriors had too much scoring balance to overcome, getting five players into double figures as they outlasted the Bluestreaks.
Ty Morrison scored 17 to lead Deer River.
Noah Sundquist of Chisholm (19-6) had 19 points in the first half alone but was held to six the rest of the way as his side was outscored 37-28 in the second half.
Deer River (22-6) advances to face North Woods (24-4), a 71-67 winner over Northland behind 22 points from Brendan Chiabotti, in the second semifinal Wednesday night at UMD.
Barnum and Cromwell-Wright will have an all-Carlton County subsection final on Tuesday night in Hinckley after both won subsection semifinals at that location on Saturday afternoon.
The Bombers eliminated fifth-seeded Ogilvie 60-50 in the first game, while the Cardinals followed with a 60-53 win over sixth-seeded Braham.
The winner of Tuesday's game will meet either Nevis or Browerville in the section final on Friday night at a location to be determined.
Thunderhawks, Rangers learn state assignments
Mountain Iron-Buhl locked in its place as the No. 1 seed when the Minnesota State High School League released pairings for the state tournament on Saturday.
The Rangers (27-3) will face unseeded Minneota (26-4) at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.
Grand Rapids (25-3) was unseeded in the AAA bracket and will face St. Paul Como Park (22-6) on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the same venue.