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

Terry Hadden reached to retrieve a ball he knocked away from Anoka's Jake McNallon at mid court. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Elk River senior Terry Hadden reached to retrieve a ball he knocked away from Anoka’s Jake McNallon at mid court. (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 scoring 18 points. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Porter Morrell pulled up for a jump shot on the way to scoring 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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