Basketball: Brainerd stymies Elks 58-36

The Brainerd Warriors, coming off their first loss of the season the night before, rebuffed a challenge by section rival Elk River, 58-36 on Saturday afternoon in Brainerd.

Brainerd was 14-0 before losing a wild 95-93 decision at Moorhead on Friday evening with senior forward Aaron Lien scoring  53 points for the Spuds.

The Warriors were able to quickly re-establish their defense against the Elks, who had been averaging 63.5 points with a low of 48.

Marcus Comstock scored 20 points and Jack Sauer 18 and for the Warriors in a physical, ragged game that had 38 fouls and 59 turnovers.

The Elks were limited to 14-for-47 field goal shooting. Needing 3-pointers, the Elks were 3-for-18.

Clay Elrod with 10 points and Porter Morrell with 9 led the Elks. Bryan Edwards had a frustrating game as well with 6 points and 5 rebounds while fouling out.

The Elks (13-5) lost outside their conference for the first time. They’re now 4-1 against section rivals, having beaten Buffalo, STMA, Rogers and Monticello.

The Elks will  host Blaine on Tuesday.

Elk scoring — Porter Morrell 9 (4 stl), Clay Elrod 10, Terry Hadden 3, Max Person 3, Isaac Howard 3, Zach Ernst 2, Bryan Edwards 6 (5 reb, 3 stl).

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