By Gary Larson
Mille Lacs County Times
Annandale moved to a 43-26 halftime lead and went on to top Milaca 72-49 in the quarterfinals of the Section 5AA, North Sub-Section Boys basketball Tournament Thursday night (March 8) at Annandale. Annandale was seeded No. 2 in the sub-section while the Wolves were seeded No. 7.
Milaca senior guard Brandon Kiel closed out his record-setting season by scoring 27 points. He ends his career as Milaca’s all-time leading scorer.
Ninth-grade forward Michael Garber scored eight points and sophomore guard Brian Kiel had six.
Sophomore forward Matt Miller had 27 points and junior guard Brett Ahsenmacher scored 20 for the Cardinals, who boosted their record to 16-10.
Milaca finished with a 2-22 record.
In other quarterfinals games Thursday, top-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral handled No. 8-seeded Spectrum 71-34, No. 3-seeded Maple Lake stopped No. 6-seeded Foley 61-45 and No. 4-seeded Rockford defeated No. 5-seeded Kimball 57-53.
In the semifinals Saturday at the Howard Lake-Waverly Middle School, Cathedral will meet Rockford at 6 and Annandale will face Maple Lake at 8.
The winners of those games will meet Tuesday, March 13, at Dassel-Cokato at 8 p.m. The semifinal winner of the Section 5AA South Sub-Section will meet Tuesday, March 13, at Dassel-Cokato at 6 p.m.
The Section 5AA championship game for a berth to the Class AA State Tournament is Friday, March 16, at St. Cloud State University’s Halenbeck Hall.
In South-Sub-Section games Thursday, No. 1-seeded Watertown-Mayer topped No. 8-seeded Sibley East 69-50, No. 5-seeded Norwood-Young America stopped No. 4-seeded Jordan 75-64, No. 2-seeded Mayer Lutheran defeated No. 7-seeded Glencoe-Silver Lake 51-46 and No. 3-seeded Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted topped No. 6-seeded Providence Academy 78-37.
Watertown-Mayer meets Norwood-Young America Saturday at Dassel-Cokato at 8 p.m., with Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted meeting Mayer Lutheran at 6.