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Boys Basketball: Menahga rallies late to defeat Frazee

The Braves improve to 12-11 with a 72-67 victory.

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Ryan Tolkkinen (1) grabs a rebound during Menahga's win over Frazee on Thursday, Feb. 24l, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

MENAHGA – A 13-4 run to close the game rallied the Menahga boys basketball team to a 72-67 win over Frazee on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Frazee led 63-58 with 5:11 to play before Nick Wurdock’s four free throws and layup and Christian Johnson’s 3-pointer and layup sparked the comeback.

Alec Aho scored 12 points, including hitting his third 3-pointer at the buzzer, as the Braves led 34-27 at the half. Connor Korvela had a 3-pointer and two layups while Wurdock had three baskets and Knaylor Howard hit a 3-pointer for Menahga.

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Braydon Aho drives in for a layup during Menahga's win over Frazee on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022
Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

After the Hornets tied the game at 36-36, 3-pointers by Bodie Berttunen, Wurdock and Johnson along with layups by Ryan Tolkkinen and Wurdock kept Menahga in front 55-51 with 8:15 remaining. Frazee responded with a 12-3 run before the Braves took control down the stretch.

Wurdock (21), Aho (14), Johnson (13) and Korvela (12) led a balanced scoring attack for the Braves, who improved to 1-3 against Section 8AA teams and 12-11 overall. Alec Aho had seven rebounds, Wurdock dished out seven assists, and Korvela had six steals and four blocked shots.

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Nathan Johannsen (25) George Flynn (13) and Asher Blaine (12) scored in double figures as Frazee fell to 0-12 in section games and 3-19 overall.

FRAZEE: Flynn 6 0-0 13, Selly 1 0-0 2, Ovsak 0 1-3 1, Jaroszewski 2 1-2 5, Johannsen 10 5-5 25, Blaine 4 1-1 12, Vigen 1 0-0 3, Sonnenberg 2 0-0 4, Cottrell 2 0-0 4. Totals: 27 for 52 (FG), 8 for 14 (FT).

MENAHGA: Tolkkinen 1 0-0 2, Howard 1 0-0 3, Korvela 3 5-6 12, Wurdock 7 5-8 21, A. Aho 5 1-2 14, Berttunen 2 0-0 5, Johnson 5 1-3 13, B. Aho 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 for 66(FG), 12 for 19 (FT).

Halftime: 34, Frazee 27. Three-pointers: Flynn 1, Blaine 3, Vigen 1, Howard 1, Korvela 1, Wurdock 3, Berttunen 1, Johnson 2. Team fouls: Frazee 14, Menahga 16. Rebounds: Menahga 25 (A. Aho 7, Wurdock 5, Tolkkinen 3, Korvela 3, Howard 2, Johnson 2, Berttunen 2, B. Aho 1). Assists: Menahga 20 (Wurdock 7, Howard 5, Tolkkinen 3, Berttunen 3, Korvela 1, Johnson 1). Steals: Menahga 14 (Korvela 6, A. Aho 2, B. Aho 2, Tolkkinen 1, Wurdock 1, Howard 1, Johnson 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 4 (Korvela 4). Turnovers: Frazee 25, Menahga 11.

Henning prevails in conference battle

MENAHGA – Tyson Misegades scored 23 points in leading Henning to a 77-57 Park Region Conference win over the Braves on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Mason Hammer (21) and Kale Misegades (13) also scored in double figures as the Hornets improved to 11-2 in the conference and 18-4 overall. Henning made 10 of 26 3-pointers.

Wurdock (17) and Tolkkinen (14) scored in double figures for the Braves, who fell to 6-7 in Park Region play. Korvela had eight rebounds, Howard dished out five assists and Tolkkinen had three steals as Menahga went 8 for 24 on 3-pointers.

HENNING: Arndt 4 0-1 8, T. MIsegades 8 3-4 23, K. Misegades 4 2-2 13, Umland 0 1-2 1, Dilly 2 2-2 6, Hammer 7 4-4 1, Kenyon 1 0-2 2, D. Misegades 1 1-2 3. Totals: 27 for 56 (FG), 13 for 19 (FT).

MENAHGA: Tolkkinen 6 1-2 14, Howard 0 2-2 2, Berttunen 1 0-2 3, Korvela 2 2-3 7, B. Aho 0 3-6 3, Wurdock 7 0-0 17, Anderson 1 0-0 3, Bernardo 0 0-0 0, Usher 2 3-3 8. Totals: 19 for 49 (FG), 11 for 18 (FT).

Halftime: Henning 37, Menahga 24. Three-pointers: T. Misegades 4, K. Misegades 3, Hammer 3, Tolkkinen 1, Berttunen 1, Korvela 1, Wurdock 3, Anderson 1, Usher 1. Team fouls: Henning 17, Menahga 13. Rebounds: Menahga 31 (Korvela 8, Wurdock 6, Tolkkinen 4, Berttunen 4, Anderson 4, Howard 2, B. Aho 2, Bernardo 1). Assists: Menahga 11 (Howard 5, Berttunen 2, Tolkkinen 1, B. Aho 1, Anderson 1, Usher 1). Steals: Menahga 8 (Tolkkinen 3, Korvela 2, Wurdock 2, B. Aho 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (B. Aho). Turnovers: Henning 12, Menahga 17.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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