The pace was much different.
But much to Royalton’s liking, the outcome was the same.
After a 44-21 low-scoring win over Ogilvie during the regular season, host eighth-seeded Royalton opened it up in a 73-57 victory over the ninth-seeded Lions in Monday’s Sub-Section 5A South playoffs first round.
Royalton enjoyed production from a variety of players, with sophomore Matt Daleiden netting 15 points, junior Matt Fountain scoring 14 and sophomores Ben Borash and Tyler Hellickson each netting 13.
Junior Nick Popp added seven points, sophomore Shane Vannurden had six and senior Kasey Stevens had four.
Fountain also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while Vannurden recorded six assists and five steals.
Cardinals secure Prairie
Conference title outright
Upsala ran the table for the second year in a row in Prairie Conference play, capped with a 67-39 win at Osakis, Feb. 22 and a 95-59 trouncing at West Central Area, Monday.
Senior Christian Pekarek led the Cardinals with 26 points versus Osakis, while senior Dylan Zimmerman tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds and junior Jeremy Halverson had 10.
Section 5A schedule
Royalton advanced to take on top-seeded and top-ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Thursday.
The winner of that game was scheduled to advance to the sub-section semifinals against the winner of Thursday’s game between fifth-seeded Isle at fourth-seeded Swanville.
Second-seeded and eighth-ranked Upsala was scheduled to host seventh-seeded East Central, Thursday.
With a win, Upsala would take on the winner between third-seeded Kimball Area and sixth-seeded Onamia in the sub-section semifinals.
Both sub-section semifinal games were scheduled to be played at Little Falls, Saturday, March 1.
The sub-section finals will also take place at Little Falls, Tuesday, with the section championship game at Crosby-Ironton, Friday.