WILLMAR A strong full-court press early in the game helped the Willmar Cardinals (7-2 Central Lakes, 11-5 overall) build a lead they eventually boosted to more than 20 points to beat Cloud Apollo (4-5, 11-7).
Five Cardinals scored in double figures, led by Austin Grove with 16 points and Adam Nibaur with 15. Kyler Johnson scored 14 points, Joel Carter had 13 and Tyler Stegeman finished with 12.
Grove had eight rebounds and Carter had six, and Stegeman had three assists and four steals.
Ethan Novacinski had 16 points and Jeremy Koffi added 13 for Apollo.
ST. CLOUD APOLLO – Logan Battig 6, Cole Johnson 2, Ethan Carlson 8, Noel Teigen 11, Ethan Novacinski 16, Jeremy Koffi 13, Jack Atkinson 1, Michael Ashwill 5.
WILLMAR – Tyler Stegeman 12, Joel Carter 13, Dylan Schueler 5, Brady Damhof 2, Kyler Johnson 14, Adam Nibaur 15, Austin Grove 16.
Halftime score: Willmar 39, St. Cloud Apollo 28.