Porter Morrell erupted for 33 points in the second half and 38 for the game Friday night, and Elk River needed every clutch shot the senior guard could make in defeating Centennial 62-57 to close the regular season.
Morrell nailed seven of 10 three-point shots, the last two each regaining the lead for the Elks, at Centennial. He made nine of 11 free shots, and four two-pointers.
The Elks trailed 23-16 after a tepid first half and Morrell had just five points, but he would score 33 of the team’s 46 in the second half.
Morrell, who’s averaging 17.4 points and 5.0 assists, boosted his career total to 937 points heading into playoffs. His 38 points was not a single-game record, but close. Skipp Schaefbauer had games of 44 and 41 in the early 1990’s and Ben Erickson had a 40-point game in 2011.
Next-high for the Elks wad eight by Clay Elrod, junior forward who passed 1,000 points four games ago. Bryan Edwards had six points and eight rebounds.
Quin Peterson scored 18 poins for Centennial (8-12 conference, 12-14 overall).
The Elks closed the regular season with their third straight victory on the heels of a three-game losing streak. They tied for third place in the conference with a 13-7 record. They’ll take an 18-8 mark into Section 8AAAA, opening at home Tuesday, probably against St. Cloud Tech (8-18).
Elk scoring — Porter Morrell 38, Clay Elrod 8, Bryan Edwards 6, Mitchell Weege 3, Terry Hadden 3, Zach Ernst 2, Max Person 2
NW Suburban final standings
Park Center 19-1
Elk River 13-7
Champlin Park 13-7
Maple Grove 13-7
Coon Rapids 0-20