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JCC boys beaten at state Class 2A boys hoops tourney

Defending state champion Albany outscored Jackson County Central 54-20 in the second half to defeat the Huskies 87-66 Wednesday night in a quarterfinal game of the Minnesota Class 2A Boys Basketball Tournament.


JCC was strong in the first 18 minutes of play. The Huskies, after going on a 9-0 run to take a 20-16 edge, then went on 7-0 burst to make it 27-20. With the score 30-26 in favor of JCC, an 11-0 surge capped by Grant Freking’s tip-in of a missed shot put the score at 41-26 with 2:12 remaining before halftime.


Ahead 46-33 at the break, the Huskies soon saw Albany get a roll in the second half, ultimately grabbing a 58-57 lead with 7:41 to go and continuing to add to it from there. Albany won its 23rd straight game and is now 29-2 overall on the season; they’ll play Lake City in tonight’s semifinals.


JCC received 19 points apiece from Roman Voss as well as Freking in the game. Weston Rowe contributed 18 points as the Huskies went to 21-8 on the season. Rowe had 14 of his points in the first half, Voss 13 and Freking 12.


The Huskies will now play a consolation round game at 8 p.m. tonight against Pelican Rapids.

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