Basketball: Elk boys win another squeaker, 68-66 over Crimson

The ability to win close games is keeping Elk River in contention in the Northwest Suburban Conference basketball race.

The Elks, powered by Clay Elrod with 26 points and 12 rebounds, squeezed past Maple Grove 68-66 at home Friday evening. Elrod scored the game-winner on a putback with .7 second on the clock, after rebounding a shot missed by Ryan Ness.

The win put the Elks in a virtual tie for first place as Osseo is 8-2 after losing to Centennial  65-57 Friday night, and the Elks, Centennial, and Champlin Park are all 7-2.

The Elks have won all five conference games that went down to the last seconds, the others being 71-68 over Champlin Park, 70-69 over Andover, 83-72 over Blaine in overtime, and 76-63 over Coon Rapids.

Elrod, 6-5 soph averaging 17.1 points, shot 8-for-15 on field goals and 9-for-11 on free shots in recording his personal high.

Junior guard Porter Morrell dropped in 12 points. Off the bench, Terry Hadden and Landon Werner chipped in eight points each, and Bryan Edwards six points and six rebounds.

James Morris led Maple Grove with 21 points. Jake Wieneke added 13 points, Brycen Wojta 11, and Erik Olson 8 points and 9 rebounds for the Crimson (5-4 conference, 7-6 overall).

The Elks will play at Armstrong on Tuesday.

Elks 68, Maple Grove 66

Maple Grove …….. 30  36 — 66
Elk River …………… 40  28 — 68

Maple Grove — Dan Butorac 2, Brycen Wojta 11, Joey Eng 5, Jake Wieneke 13 (7 reb), James Morris 21, Erik Olson 8 (9 reb), Dan Lochner 6 … Team: 25-57 FG (5-17 3FG), 11-19 FT, 35 rebounds, 16 fouls

Elk River – Tucker Morrell 3, Ryan Ness 5 (4 stl), Porter Morrell 12, Clay Elrod 26 (12 reb),  Terry Hadden 8, Landon Werner 8, Bryan Edwards 6 (6 reb) …. Team: 22-52 FG (7-17 3FG), 17-22 FT, 29 rebounds, 13 fouls.

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