Basketball: Elk boys stymie Brainerd 49-29

Mitchell Weege sprints  upcourt after a ball steal, with Brainerd's xxx (33) zzzz and teammate Clay Elrod trailing. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Zach Ernst (5) sprints upcourt after a ball steal, with Brainerd’s Isaiah Smith (24) and Nich Schwen (43), and Elk teammates Clay Elrod and Mitchell Weege (34) trailing. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


The Elk River Elks dominated the second half against a cold-shooting Brainerd team and defeated the Warriors 49-29 at home Saturday afternoon.

Senior forward Clay Elrod had just four points at halftime with the Elks up just 21-17, but poured in 16 in the second half for a game-high 20, along with 11 rebounds. Elrod was 6-for-6 at the line and 2-for-6 on three’s.

Clay Elrod soars for a rebound. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Clay Elrod soars for a rebound. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Junior guard Mitchell Weege added 13 points for the Elks (8-2), who shot 16-for-41 from the field and 13-for-16 at the line. They were 4-for-17 on three’s.
Brainerd (4-5) made just 22 of 72 shots. Top scorers were Kobe Ahonen with nine points and Clark Hickman with eight.

Elk River will resume conference play hosting Maple Grove on Friday.

Elk River scoring — Matt Keller  2, Jarin Haywood 5, Zeke Delain 4, Clay Elrod 20 (11 reb), Mitchell Weege 13, Devell Miller 5

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