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Duluth East, Hibbing, Moose Lake/Willow River, and Deer River fall short in state tournament

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MSHSL Basketball

ST. CLOUD, MN -- All four section seven representatives at the MSHSL boys basketball tournament lost in the quarterfinals.

Duluth East played Wayzata to a tight finish in Class AAAA, but a late surge and tight defensive performance by the Trojans made the difference in the game. The Greyhounds fell 78-69 at Osseo High School, one game short of an appearance at the Target Center.

"I think this group just took that next step up and they're leaving us-- they've left a legacy of what this culture and what this program is really about. And I hope that our community and our school can enjoy the whole process with us," said head coach Rhett McDonald.

In Class AAA, Hibbing fell to perennial powerhouse DeLaSalle, 92-72. Junior standout Ayden McDonald finished with 26 points for the Bluejackets, who were making their first state appearance since 1989.

Moose Lake/Willow River couldn't quite stick with Minneapolis North in the Class AA quarterfinals. The Polars pulled away early, and advanced with a 71-40 win.

In Class A, Deer River was making their first ever appearance at the state tournament. The Warriors lead Badger/Greenbush-Middle River for most of their quarterfinal, but couldn't quite close out the Gators late in the second half.

Badger/GB-MR took their first lead of the game with under four minutes to go, and ultimately advanced with a 58-52 win. Ty Morrison was Deer River's leading scorer with 21 points.

Matt Halverson

Sports Anchor and Reporter

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