AUDUBON -- The New York Mills Eagles fought back from a 19-point second half deficit but Lake Park-Audubon scored the final eight points of the game to hang on for a 67-53 Section 6A play-in game victory.
"I knew they weren't going to give up," Lake Park-Audubon Head Coach Lucas Isaacson said. "That's playoff basketball."
The Raiders jumped out to a 12-0 lead to start the game and pushed their advantage to 17 points at the break 37-20.
The lead would stretch to as much as 19 points twice in the second half.
The Eagles found their shooting touch that was missing in the first half and went on a 30-19 run to cut the lead to just six points, 56-50, on a bucket by Chance Pettow.
Eagle senior Adam Snelgrove cut the lead back to six again with a three-pointer with 1:19 remaining and the score 59-53.
Lake Park-Audubon sealed the game from the line and kept NY Mills from scoring again to advance.
"We were resilient and battled and got the win," Isaacson said.
Eagle forward Charlie Peeters led all scorers with 18 points.
Peeters missed a chance at a bigger game on the score sheet shooting only 3-12 from the free throw line.
The Raiders were able to quiet Peeters for the final seven minutes of play.
The Eagles struggled from the free throw line as a team shooting 10-21 (48 percent).
NY Mills had chances to get back in the game thanks to the Raiders shooting 7-19 (37 percent) from the stripe.
Snelgrove scored 16 points for the Eagles on a poor shooting night for the Eagles scoring leader.
Pettow scored eight points.
The Eagles battled injuries along with the Raiders Monday evening.
Peeters missed the final five minutes of the first half after suffering a bloodied nose.
Eagle senior Sam Slieter had to be helped off the court after tweaking his left leg at mid-court in the second half.
The Eagles were already without Dustin Gaudette and Evan Perala who were injured in NY Mills' final regular season game.
Chase Zeller scored 16 points to lead the Raiders. Andrew Erickson made a trio of threes in the first half and totaled 15 points.
Bryce Bartunek added 14 points.
NY Mills ends a long season with a record of 2-22.
Lake Park-Audubon (8-19) advances to face the No. 1 seed in the north subsection Ada-Borup (19-5). The Cougars are ranked No. 9 in Class 1A.
"We've got our hands full," said Isaacson. "We know that. We just have to make sure we're ready to play."
The Raiders and Cougars met twice this season both ending in blowouts.
Ada-Borup won 72-44 on the road Jan. 6 and 83-46 at home Jan. 30.
The game will be played at Ada Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
In other 6A-North action, No. 7 Park Christian defeated No. 10 Rothsay 58-41. Park Christian will face No. 2 Ulen-Hitterdal in the next round.
In the south half of the sub-section, Hancock, the No. 6 seed defeated No. 11 Underwood 68-45. Hancock moves on to face No. 3 Ashby.
No. 7 Wheaton/Herman-Norcross slipped by No. 10 Parkers Prairie 64-61.
The Warriors will hit the road to play No. 2 Battle Lake. The Battlers are ranked No. 3 in Class 1A and are 23-1. Their only loss came at No. 4-2A Pelican Rapids March 2.
New York Mills at Lake Park-Audubon, Section 6A North play-in game. Monday, March 5.
Eagles 20 33 -- 53
Raiders 37 30 -- 67
Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- NYM: Peeters 6-1-3-12-18; Snelgrove 4-1-5-7-16; Pettow 4-0-0-0-8; Bauck 3-0-0-0-6; Tumberg 0-1-0-0-3; Patron 0-0-2-2-2.. Team: 17-3-10-21-53.
LPA: Zeller 8-0-0-1-16; Erickson 2-3-2-4-15; Bartunek 6-0-2-7-14; Jaster 3-0-0-3-6; Olson 2-0-1-2-5; Kohler 1-0-2-2-4; Tougas 2-0-0-0-4; Svobodny 0-1-0-0-3. Team: 24-4-7-19-67.