By PATRICK SLACK
A chance at clinching the Prairie Conference title was on the line for Upsala as it made the short trek to Swanville, Tuesday, with a packed house on hand.
Tempers flared early, with a pair of technical fouls called just over a minute in.
In the end, Upsala erased an early 10-point deficit, then held on as Swanville cut an 18-point gap to four in the final minute to earn an 84-71 victory.
Pekarek delivered a 37-point performance to once again spark Upsala’s offensive attack, with junior Dylan Zimmerman draining 13 points and Eric Frieler picking up 11.
Sophomore Jordan Sales led Swanville with 21 points.
Swanville also defeated visiting Bertha-Hewitt 78-69 in its final non-conference game of the season, Feb. 22.
Little Falls claims share of Granite Ridge title
After scoring 21 points in back-to-back games, senior Collin Eckman dropped 30 on host Becker, Tuesday, leading Little Falls to a 69-53 win and at least a share of the Granite Ridge Conference (GRC) title.
Eckman shot 10-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, while also grabbing five rebounds and distributing four assists.
Junior Troy Scott followed Eckman with 13 points, senior Spencer Lubbers scored 11 and sophomore Bryce Zawatzke contributed nine.
Silbernick sparks Royalton rally over Pillager
Senior Matt Silbernick put together 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Royalton to a come-from-behind 49-43 win over visiting Pillager, Tuesday.
Senior Luke Wentland also turned in a strong night on both ends of the floor with nine points, seven rebounds and five steals, followed in scoring by seniors Justin Opatz (7), Stephen Strusz (6) and Ethan Zimny (4) and junior Austin Schmitt (4).
Pillager led 21-15 at the break before Royalton outscored the Huskies 34-22 in the second half.
Huskers fall to second-ranked BBE
Holdingford dropped a tight 54-48 CMC contest at EVW, Feb. 22, then fell 73-51 to visiting Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE), Tuesday.
Senior Beau Maciej led the Huskers with 11 points against BBE, with senior Taylor Milbrandt adding nine on a trio of three-point shots.