Pequot Lakes’ Alex Morgan registered 15 points for the No. 4 seeded Patriots as they fell 68-47 to the top-ranked Esko Eskomos the Section 7-2A Quarterfinals Saturday, March 7.
"I thought we played a really good first 15 minutes," Coach Rich Spiczka said. "They had a kid who was unconscious early, but we battled back and were right in it. After that, we definitely weren't our best. (Esko) can beat you in a lot of places. The first time we played them, they were missing one of their starting guards, and he definitely made an impact this time."
Bode Magnuson added 11 points and Daltin Ackerman had eight for the Patriots, who finished the season 19-9 overall.
"Considering we basically had to replace 90% of our production (from the previous season), I think our kids had a great year," Spiczka said. "I don't think anybody on the outside looking in anticipated we would have 19 wins. Going into the last week of the season, we were right there with a chance to get the top seed in the section ... We had a lot of new bodies who had never played varsity before. Our kids did a lot of good things."
Esko 33 35 -- 68
Pequot Lakes 25 22 -- 47
James LeGarde 19, Preston Lowe 4, Braden Gabel 2, Cade Berger 4, Payton Wefel 25, Riley Fischer 14.
Bode Magnuson 11, Daltin Ackerman 8, Alex Morgan 15, Korey Jackson 6, Eli Laposky 3, Sam Rysavy 4. Overall: 19-10.
Patriots 72, Gobblers 48
The Patriots had the 3-point shot on their side as they bested the Aitkin Gobblers 72-48 in the opening round of the Section 7-2A playoffs Thursday, March 5.
The Patriots nailed 11-of-17 3-pointers in the game, including going 8-of-12 in the first half. Six different Pequot players hit 3s in the first half as they jumped out to a 29-17 lead to start.
Morgan led the team with 18 points, but was one of four to score in double digits. Korey Jackson had 14 points, while Ryan Monahan had 13 and Magnuson scored 12.
Aitkin 24 24 — 48
Pequot Lakes 39 33 — 72
Logan Gabrio 1, Jon Blanchette 3, Joe Cummings, Mannie Ukutegbe 22, Hunter Nissen 17, Owen Hagen 2, Kade Hopperstad 3. FG 15-46 (33%), FT 14-18 (78%). 3-point 4-17 (24%).
Bode Magnuson 12, Daltin Ackerman 3, Alex Morgan 18, Korey Jackson 14, Ryan Monahan 13, Evin Ruud 3, Eli Laposky 7, Sam Rysavy 2. FG 22-47 (47%), FT 17-27 (63%). 3-point (65%).