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Eric Peterson, Published March 12 2013

Ada-Borup boys defeat Ulen-Hitterdal for sub-section title

MOORHEAD – Less than three minutes into the game, Ada-Borup had a double-digit lead Tuesday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

That brisk start proved to be the difference.

The Cougars scored the game’s first 10 points en route to a 49-39 victory against Ulen-Hitterdal for the Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 boys basketball semifinals.

“It was huge because they are very patient and they are very fundamental,” Ada-Borup head coach Trevor Stewart said of the strong start.

The Cougars (23-5) won their second consecutive North sub-section title with the victory. They play Battle Lake at 7 p.m. Friday in Morris for the section championship. Ada-Borup has played in the sub-section title game five consecutive seasons.

“It’s a good step for the program and excellent for the kids,” Stewart said.

For a second year in row, Ulen-Hitterdal (22-7) had its season end against Ada-Borup in the sub-section title game.

“It’s not the ending we were looking for, but I’m still proud of them, and they still had a very successful year,” Ulen-Hitterdal head coach Brett Maass said.

Ada-Borup scored five seconds after the opening tip with junior guard Lance Ruebke getting free for a layup. The Cougars followed that with a layup in transition, a 3-point play and a 3-pointer.

Junior guard Blake Fetting sank the 3-pointer that gave Ada-Borup a 10-0 lead with 15 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the first half. Fetting finished with 16 points, including two


The Cougars never trailed, and the Spartans didn’t get closer than seven points of the lead after that opening Ada-Borup burst.

“That was big coming into the game,” said Ruebke, who finished with a game-high 17 points.

Ulen-Hitterdal cut the Ada-Borup lead to 42-35 after senior guard Neil Henrickson sank a jumper with 5:20 remaining in the second half. The Cougars countered with the next seven points to seal the victory. Ruebke scored six of those points, including four free throws.

ULEN-HITTERDAL (22-7): Henrickson 6 0-0 13, Schultz 2 1-1 6, Ellefson 0 0-0 0, Brooks 1 2-3 4, Peterson 5 0-0 10, Carpenter 0 0-0 0, Hilde 3 0-0 6, Stumbo 0 0-0 0. Totals 17-37 3-4 39.

ADA-BORUP (23-5): L. Ruebke 4 9-10 17, Kappes 1 0-0 2, Fetting 6 2-2 16, Merkens 3 5-5 11, M. Ruebke 0 1-2 1, Hoven 1 0-0 2. Totals 15-39 17-19 49.

Half: AB 28, UH 17. 3-point goals: Henrickson, Schultz, Fetting 2. Total fouls: UH 18, AB 10. Fouled out: Brooks. Rebounds: UH 25 (Henrickson 5, Hilde 5), AB 22 (Merkens 10). Assists: UH 8 (Brooks 4), AB 10 (Fetting 4). Turnovers: UH 16, AB 10.

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