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Kevin Schnepf and Eric Peterson / The Forum, Published March 01 2014

Park Christian, Hillcrest prevail at Class 1A, Section 6 boys hoops tourney

MOORHEAD – Hunter Nickel apologizes to his older sister every time he blocks her shot while shooting hoops in the driveway.

“I don’t mean to do it … it’s just something that happens,” Nickel said.

That something happened 10 times Saturday when Nickel and the Moorhead Park Christian boys basketball team claimed a 71-47 win over Lake Park-Audubon in a Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 quarterfinal game at Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium.

With his 10 blocked shots, Nickel surpassed 200 blocks for the season. The 6-foot-5 senior now has 207 blocks, averaging more than seven per game.

That leads the state by more than 70 blocks.

“It adds a whole new dimension to a ball game,” said Park Christian head coach Erv Inniger. “Our guys can leave their guy knowing Hunter will be there to help out. He can be a difference maker.”

Nickel also led Park Christian with 21 points.

Teammate Duncan Hannestad also reached a milestone by surpassing the 1,000-point career mark. His 3-point field goal late in the first half put him over 1,000 and also capped a 26-9 run that gave Park Christian a 43-22 halftime lead.

Lake Park-Audubon, which handed Park Christian a 76-69 loss on Jan. 21, never got closer than 15 points in the second half. Nickel did not play in that January game because of a broken wrist, nor did senior guard Matt Moberg, who was sidelined with an injured ankle.

Saturday’s game was more like the 73-44 win Park Christian claimed against LP-A back in December. The Falcons forced the Raiders into 23 turnovers, a defensive effort sparked by senior Jared Olsgaard who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

With the win, Park Christian (20-9) advances to Tuesday’s 6 p.m. semifinal game at Concordia against Fergus Falls Hillcrest – a team that handed the Falcons a 73-62 loss earlier this season.

“They are a very good team,” Nickel said of Hillcrest. “We have to play like we did tonight to beat them.”

“If not better,” added Inniger.

LAKE PARK-AUDUBON (9-15): Kohler 6 0-2 12, Stockert 5 2-4 12, Brekken 2 2-5 6, Pearson 0 0-0 0, Hall 1 0-0 3, Wavra 0 0-0 0, Ullmer 3 2-4 11, Haglund 0 2-2 2, Frederick 0 0-2 0, Monroe 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 9-21 47.

PARK CHRISTIAN (20-9): M. Moberg 4 3-4 12, Nickel 10 1-4 21, Kvalog 1 0-0 3, Hannestad 2 1-2 6, Olsgaard 6 0-1 13, Schwandt 2 5-5 9, Daugherty 0 0-0 0, N. Moberg 2 0-0 4, Kerr 0 0-0 0, Huseby 0 0-1 1, Heinen 1 0-2 2. Totals 28 10-19 71.

Half: PC 43, LPA 22. 3-point goals: Hall, Ullmer 3, M. Moberg, Hannestad, Olsgaard. Total fouls: LPA 17, PC 23. Rebounds: LPA 37 (Kohler 12, Stockert 12), PC 25 (Olsgaard 8, Nickel 5). Turnovers: LPA 23, PC 5.

Fergus Falls Hillcrest 70, Waubun 55

The past three seasons, Fergus Falls Hillcrest had its season end in the section quarterfinals. Comets senior Daniel Nersten helped change that trend, scoring 23 points against the Bombers.

“It was really nice to see after not getting past this level the past few years,” said Nersten, who is a four-year starter. “It was good for us.”

Nersten scored 15 points in the first half to help top-seeded Hillcrest build a 35-22 halftime lead. He scored nine of those points during a 16-4 run that pushed the Hillcrest lead to 19 points. Nersten capped that rally with a transition layup that gave the Comets a 33-14 lead with 4 minutes, 33 seconds to play in the first half.

Nersten, junior Jake Isaac and senior Evan Newman combined for 31 points in the opening 18 minutes.

“I thought with all three of them playing pretty well the first half that is usually a recipe for good things to happen for us,” Hillcrest head coach Gregg Preston said.

The Bombers forced 11 Hillcrest turnovers in the second half, but Waubun was unable to cut the Comets’ lead into single digits. Waubun cut the Hillcrest lead to 11 points on multiple occasions.

“I think our guys got a little frustrated in the second half,” Preston said.

Cole Thompson paced the Bombers with 14 points and five rebounds.

Isaac finished with 20 points and Newman added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Hillcrest.

“What I like most about it is we advanced to Tuesday,” Preston said of making the section semifinals. “That kind of was our goal. … We want to make sure that we shore up our defensive pressure and help and take care of the ball a little bit more.”

WAUBUN (10-17): Spaeth 5 0-3 12, Teiken 0 6-6 6, Syverson 3 2-2 8, Thompson 7 0-0 14, Weber 2 2-2 6, Manypenny 2 2-4 6, Makey 2 1-2 5, Benson 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 13-21 55.

HILLCREST (18-8): Malmstrom 0 0-1 0, Tungseth 1 4-5 6, Nersten 9 4-5 23, Isaac 8 0-0 20, E. Newman 5 4-5 14, Q. Undseth 0 0-0 0, K. Newman 2 0-4 5, Hart 1 0-0 2, Christenson 0 0-0 0, R. Undseth 0 0-0 0, Aasness 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Lillestolen 0 0-0 0, Herzog 0 0-0 0, McGuire 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 12-20 70.

Half: FFH 35, WHS 22. 3-point goals: Nersten, Isaac 4, K. Newman. Total fouls: WHS 16, FFH 19. Rebounds: WHS 19 (Thompson 5), FFH 32 (E. Newman 11). Turnovers: WHS 9, FFH 17.

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