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Eagles win a trio of games

Frank Peeters drives the lane and scores versus Underwood. Photo by Brittin Roberts.

After a 2-4 start to the season against some stiff competition, the New York Mills boys basketball team has sprinted to the finish of the regular season going 15-2, including three victories last week.

The Eagles completed season sweeps of Menahga, 74-67, and Pillager, 69-53, along with defeating Underwood 63-49.

"Over the last three game stretch we really started to put some stretches of solid basketball together," Head Coach Bryan Dunrud said.

Adam Snelgrove continues to lead the Eagles in scoring.

He knocked in 22 points versus Menahga, 20 versus Underwood to lead the team. Spencer Imsande who scored 18 pointes bested Snelgrove's 17 versus Pillager.

In the trio of games, the Eagles had three players in double figures.

"We have really had some balanced scoring in these games, which has been nice to see. We are sharing the ball well and any given night somebody can step in and make a solid contribution, which has really made our team tough to defend. "

Isaiah Bauck contributed 19 versus Menahga and a dozen points in the other two games. He recorded a double double pulling in 14 rebounds, as well.

Tristan Huwe had 14 points versus Underwood joining Snelgrove and Bauck on top of the score sheet.

Snelgrove is most dangerous from three-point land and he was versus Underwood and Menahga shooting an invariable and outstanding 50 percent from beyond the arc.

He shot 5-10 and 6-12 from three in both games. Versus Pillager, he was a more human 2-7 from long range while going a perfect, 5-5, from the free throw line.

"I was especially pleased with our defensive effort in the second half versus Pillager. We really put together a solid team effort and really got after the ball, which made life very difficult for Pillager to get anything going."

The Eagles, as a team, averaged 46 percent shooting from the field. A continuation of that level of consistency will benefit them in the upcoming playoffs.

"Our team is really starting to realize the importance of playing team basketball on both ends of the floor, which will be essential as we come to the end of the regular season and push towards the playoffs."

The Eagles owned the boards in all three games, as well, outrebounding their opponents 101-88.

Section 6A playoffs begin Monday, March 7.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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