Basketball: Elks vs. Brainerd section title game slated for Thursday at SC Tech

Jacob Blong, Brainerd senior center, scored 20 points to lead the Warriors' semifinal win over Buffalo. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Jacob Blong, Brainerd senior center, scored 20 points to lead the Warriors’ semifinal win over Buffalo. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Elk River’s section championship game against Brainerd will be played at St. Cloud Tech on Thursday beginning 7 p.m., the two schools announced.

The Elks beat Moorhead 78-77 in overtime while Brainerd stopped Buffalo 73-64 in the Section 8AAAA semifinals on Tuesday at St. Cloud State.

The Warriors (27-1), ranked No. 8 in the state, beat the Elks (20-8) in a Feb. 2 meeting 57-36.

Brainerd is seeking its 10th state trip and first since 1991. The 1954 team was state champion.

Elk River is seeking its eighth state trip and first since 2006.
“Our kids get a chance to play a game to go to the state tournament,” Warriors coach Scott Stanfield told the Brainerd Dispatch. “You can’t ask for more than that. When your season comes down to one game to go to the state tournament, that’s everyone’s dream.”

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