Basketball: Elk boys lose to Buffalo 70-46, season over

The Buffalo Bison ended the Elk River boys basketball season with a 70-46 conquest of the Elks in the section semifinals on Saturday evening at St. Cloud State.

Levi Bean hit 19 points, Sam Ortman 14 and Colin Olmscheid 12 for the Bison, who shot 56.5 percent at 26-for-46. When the Elks pulled within four points in the second half, Ortman sank three 3-pointers as the Bison broke it open.

“Buffalo played a great game against us,” said Elk coach Randy Klasen. “We really struggled offensively. It was a combination of their defense and our inability to make shots.”

The Elks, who beat Buffalo 60-52 in December, finished 16-11.

Clay Elrod scored 11 points in the finale of his stellar four year career and finished with 1,606 points. Matt Keller led with 12 points as the Elks struggled with their shooting, 16-for-48 from the floor and 7-for-12 at the line.

“We really had a good season,” said Klasen. “It ended sooner than we wanted, but I thought we really came together as a team and competed very hard.”

Buffalo, 22-6 with 18 wins in their last 19 games, will duel St. Cloud Tech for the Section 8AAAA crown on Thursday.

Elk scoring — Austin O’Leary 3, Jarin Haywood 4, Zeke Delain 3, Clay Elrod 11, Matt Keller 12, Trent Pink 1, Mitchell Weege 7, Devell Miller 2, Wyatt Schuster 3