Basketball: Thunder drub EVW in section opener

Zimmerman's Adam Fordahl (left) and EVW's Vince Kramer dived for a loose ball in the first half. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Thirteen players scored as the Zimmerman Thunder romped 87-42 over Eden Valley-Watkins in their section opener and homecourt finale on Thursday evening.


Gavin Doppler led with 16 points, with Blake Ehley adding 11, Kyle Connelly 10 and Caleb Lunning nine. The Thunder led 52-18 at the half. Ehley notched 5 steals, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, and Lunning had 4 assists and 5 steals.


Eden Valley-Watkins finished 5-21.


The Thunder (19-8) face Kimball (14-11) on Saturday, 6 p.m.,  at STMA, in the Section 5AA quarterfinals.


The winner will meet Maple Lake or St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday at STMA, 6 p.m., in the semifinals, with finals Saturday, 6:30 p.m., at St. Cloud State.

Nate Christensen went over EVW's Mitchell Lease for a basket. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


In the 16-team tournament, top seeds are Zimmerman in the north and Howard Lake-Waverly in the south.

Caleb Lunning of the Thunder penetrated with the ball. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

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