By PATRICK SLACK
After requiring overtime to beat Kimball Area earlier in the season, Pierz slipped by in a nail-biter once again over the host Cubs 51-50, Tuesday.
Kimball had an opportunity to extend its lead to three with nine seconds remaining, but missed a pair of free throws.
Pierz snatched the rebound, then senior Ben Boser hit a runner in the lane with one second left to give the Pioneers the win.
“It was a great win for our team,” Pierz head coach Matt Poepping said. “The kids never gave up and went down seven and battled back for a big conference win.”
Senior Mitch Bednar was the leading scorer on the night with 17 points, with Boser following with 10 points and senior Cullin Carter recording nine points and 12 rebounds.
Senior T.J. Hoheisel netted seven points and senior Jon Fuhrman picked up four points and six rebounds.
Blistering start lifts Rockford over Pioneers 77-38
Rockford Area struck for 54 first-half points to knock off visiting Pierz 77-38, Feb. 15, avenging an earlier loss to the Pioneers.
Senior Cullin Carter had 10 points to pace Pierz, with Bednar and juniors Matt Athman and Noah Thomsen adding six apiece.
Fuhrman distributed a team-high four assists.
Holdingford takes down Maple Lake and Paynesville, falls in overtime to HLWW
Holdingford’s offense started strong and didn’t let up against visiting Maple Lake, Tuesday, leading the Huskers to a 78-67 Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) victory.
Six players reached double figures for Holdingford, led by senior Alex Hiltner with 17 and senior Beau Maciej with 16.
Senior Brent Gerads followed with 11, while seniors Taylor Milbrandt and Cody Schwinghammer and junior Jeremy Springer each had 10.
Senior Cody Schwinghammer and sophomore Matt Vasilj each scored 13 points and junior Jeremy Springer poured in 12 as Holdingford topped host Paynesville Area 60-50, Feb. 15.
Holdingford nearly knocked off host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW), Feb. 14, but ended up falling just short in a 76-68 overtime battle.
Springer lit up the Lakers’ defense for 26 points to lead the Huskers.