Basketball: Elk boys stymie Bison 50-41 in opener

Bryan Edwards (right) of the Elks battled Jackson Schep of Buffalo for a rebound. At left is Max Person (35). (Photo by Heather Reinhart)


Stout defense and free-throw accuracy carried Elk River to a 50-41 win over Buffalo in the Elks’ opener Tuesday evening in Buffalo.

The Elks permitted the Bison few good looks at the basket and shook loose a several turnovers in leading all the way, including 22-13 at the half.

At the line, the Elks made 19 of 24. Porter Morrell sank four straight down the stretch and finished 8-for-9.

Ryan Ness sank 14 points, Clay Elrod 13 and Morrell 10 to lead the Elks. Elrod had seven points and seven rebounds in the first half as the Elks took a nine-point lead.

Dominic Gilmer and Peter Cassady netted 11 points each for Buffalo (1-1), which beat Maple Grove 57-53 in its opener.

The Elks will host Centennial on Thursday evening.