Basketball: Elk boys outlast Andover 65-54, stand 6-0

Elk River guard Terry Hadden reaches to control the ball he tipped away from Andover's Jack McNallon at midcourt. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Elk River guard Terry Hadden reaches to control the ball he tipped away from Andover’s Jack McNallon at midcourt. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

 

Porter Morrell’s shooting and passing sparked Elk River to a 65-54 win over Andover at home Thursday as the Elks stayed unbeaten at 6-0.

The senior point guard sank 18 points and dished out nine assists. His two 3-pointers came back-to-back and gave the Elks their first lead at 16-14 after a slow start.

Porter Morrell pulled up for a jump shot on the way to 18 points. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Porter Morrell pulled up for a jump shot on the way to 18 points. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Meanwhile, senior forward Bryan Edwards was once again rugged down low with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Senior guard Terry Hadden chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Andover, a 1-5 team playing without its top athlete, guard Conner Wilke (concussion), stuck with the Elks until the last few minutes. They trailed by just 29-26 at the half. Kyle Kettler and Cameron Wold scored 16 points each.

The Elks shot 22-for-45 from the field including 6-for-11 on 3-pointers, and cashed 15 of 23 free shots. Andover also had six 3-pointers.

Next for the Elk is the annual River Battle girl-boy double feature, Saturday at ERHS, with the girls tipping off at 3 p.m. and the boys at 5 p.m.

Elk scoring — Porter Morrell 18 (9 ast), Clay Elrod 11, Terry Hadden 11 (6 reb, 3 stl), Mitchell Weege 3, Max Person 7, Isaac Howard 3, Bryan Edwards 12 (11 reb, 3 blk)

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