Basketball: Brainerd boys (14-0) thump Rogers 96-63

Paul Olson (43) of Rogers and Jacob Blong of Brainerd duel for a rebound. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Paul Olson (43) of Rogers and Jacob Blong of Brainerd duel for a rebound. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

The unbeaten Brainerd Warriors visited Rogers on Saturday and quickly quelled any notions of an upset, drubbing the Royals 96-63.

Marcus Comstock scored 31 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the field and 11-for-13 at the line, for Brainerd (14-0). Jack Sauer added 22 points and Jacob Blong 11.

Cullen Loughlin of Rogers was fouled an instant later by Brainerd's Ian Haug on this drove. He made one of two free shots on the way to 22 points in a losing cause. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Cullen Loughlin (15) of Rogers was fouled an instant later by Brainerd’s Ian Haug on this drove. Loughlin made one of two free shots on the way to 20 points in a losing cause. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rogers shot 38 percent, gave up 22 turnovers and got out rebounded 38-30.

Cullen Loughlin sank 20 points for Rogers (5-11). Luke Pecka was next with 11. The Royals were 9-for-25 on 3-pointers.

Brainerd, unranked in Class 4A despite being the division’s lone unbeaten, scored its highest total of the season. The Warriors average 74.

The game was scouted by Elk River coaches and players, as the Elks will play at Brainerd on Saturday afternoon.

Rogers will play at Big Lake on Tuesday.

 

Rogers scoring — Cullen Loughlin 20, Luke Pecka 11, Ryan Gelle 8, Cole Murray 8, Red Sagehorn 5, Sawyer Thompson 5, Gunnar Bloom 2, Joey Simpson 2, Paul Olson 2.

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