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Braves defeat Pirates in conference battle

Three players scored in double figures as the Menahga boys basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 62-60 Park Region Conference win over Verndale at Wadena on Dec. 16.

Tristan Aho scored 19 points, Zach Floyd scored 18 points and Charlie Hodge added 12 points for the Braves, who improved to 1-1 in the conference and 2-3 overall. Jonah Howard grabbed 10 rebounds, Floyd chipped in four assists and three steals, and Hodge had four steals for Menahga, which led 35-25 at the half.

Owen Korfe scored 24 points to lead the Pirates, who fell to 1-1 in conference play and 1-3 overall.

MENAHGA: Honga 1 0-0 2, Howard 3 0-0 7, Tolkkinen 0 0-0 0, Hodge 2 7-8 12, Hillukka 0 4-4 4, Aho 4 9-12 19, Floyd 5 6-10 18. Totals: 15 for 35 (FG), 26 for 34 (FT).

VERNDALE: Korfe 24, L. Weniger 13, J. Weniger 6, Steege 6, Schmidtz 5, Vertina 4, Holman 2.

Halftime: Menahga 35, Verndale 25. Three-pointers: Howard 1, Hodge 1, Aho 2, Floyd 2. Rebounds: Menahga 20 (Howard 10, Aho 4, Hodge 3, Honga 2, Floyd 1). Assists: Menahga 8 (Floyd 4, Tolkkinen 2, Honga 1, Hodge 1). Steals: Menahga 8 (Hodge 4, Floyd 3, Aho 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (Aho). Team fouls: Menahga 17. Fouled out: Tolkkinen. Turnovers: Menhaga 14.

Braves fall to Tigers

Hodge (11) and Floyd (10) hit double figures in the Braves' 62-34 loss to Nevis on Dec. 12.

MENAHGA: Honga 0 0-0 0, Howard 0 1-2 1, Tolkkinen 1 0-0 2, Wurdock 1 0-0 2, Hodge 4 0-0 11, Anderson 1 2-4 4, Aho 1 2-2 4, Litzau 0 0-0 0, Floyd 4 2-3 10. Totals: 12 for 50 (FG), 7 for 11 (FT).

Halftime: Nevis 27, Menahga 15. Three-pointers: Hodge 3. Rebounds: Menahga 17 (Tolkkinen 3, Wurdock 3, Anderson 3, Aho 3, Hodge 1, Floyd 1). Assists: Menahga 2 (Wurdock 1, Aho 1). Steals: Menahga 4 (Tolkkinen 1, Wurdock 1, Anderson 1, Floyd 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (Aho). Team fouls: Menahga 16. Turnovers: Menahga 10.

Richland tops Braves

Aho's 13 points, Howard's 11 rebounds and Hodge's four steals led the Braves in a 55-44 loss to Richland (North Dakota) on Dec. 9.

MENAHGA: Honga 0 0-0 0, Howard 1 5-9 7, Tolkkinen 1 0-0 3, Wurdock 2 2-2 7, Hodge 3 0-0 8, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Aho 4 4-5 13, Floyd 2 1-3 6. Totals: 13 for 39 (FG), 12 for 19 (FT).

Three-pointers: Tolkkinen 1, Wurdock 1, Hodge 2, Aho 1, Floyd 1. Rebounds: Menahga 26 (Howard 11, Aho 6, Wurdock 3, Hodge 2, Anderson 2, Floyd 2). Assists: Menahga 10 (Hodge 4, Tolkkinen 2, Howard 1, Wurdock 1, Aho 1, Floyd 1). Steals: Menahga 6 (Hodge 2, Floyd 2, Howard 1, Anderson 1). Team fouls: Menahga 24. Fouled out: Hodge. Turnovers: Menahga 20.

Pillager prevails

Four players scored in double figures to offset a 28-point performance by Aho as Pillager posted a 70-51 conference win at Pillager on Dec. 7.

Howard and Aho grabbed nine rebounds apiece while Hodge had four steals in the conference opener for both teams.

MENAHGA: Honga 1 0-1 2, Howard 1 0-0 2, Tolkkinen 1 1-2 3, Wurdock 0 1-2 1, Hodge 3 2-2 9, Aho 11 3-5 28, Floyd 2 2-2 6, Hotakeinen 0 0-0 0, Litzau 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 for 51 (FG), 9 for 14 (FT).

PILLAGER: Swenson 18, Schaefer 16, Wangsness 10, Doss 10, Woidyla 6, Beard 3, Thomsen 3, Vanvickle 2, Klein 2.

Halftime: Pillager 33, Menahga 25. Three-pointers: Aho 3, Hodge 1. Rebounds: Menahga 29 (Howard 9, Aho 9, Wurdock 5, Hodge 4, Hotakeinen 1, Floyd 1). Steals: Menahga 13 (Hodge 4, Howard 2, Wurdock 2, Floyd 2, Tolkkinen 1, Aho 1, Litzau 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (Floyd). Team fouls: Menahga 11. Turnovers: Menahga 21.

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