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Fergus Falls boys basketball headed to Class 3A semifinals

MINNEAPOLIS - Fergus Falls' boys basketball team is headed to the Minnesota Class 3A state semifinals. The Otters knocked off Waseca 70-63 Wednesday. The No. 3 seed Otters will take on No. 2 seed Red Wing at Target Center at 2 p.m. Thursday.Fergu...

MINNEAPOLIS - Fergus Falls' boys basketball team is headed to the Minnesota Class 3A state semifinals. The Otters knocked off Waseca 70-63 Wednesday. The No. 3 seed Otters will take on No. 2 seed Red Wing at Target Center at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Fergus Falls opened the game on a 21-5 run and led by as much as 31-12 in the first half, but Waseca closed the first half on a 19-6 run to cut the lead for the Otters to 37-31. 

Fergus Falls had three different players with eight points at halftime in Nathan Rund, Harrison Christensen and Matthew Monke. The Otters had four different players hit 3-pointers in the first half and made six of the 12 they shot. Waseca stayed in it in the first half thanks to 10 points from Nick Dufault and nine points off the bench from Malik Willingham. 

Waseca cut it to a one-point game at 42-41 with 12 minutes, 55 seconds to play. Rund drilled a 3-pointer and Monke drove for two and sank a 3-pointer for an 8-0 run.

Fergus Falls pushed the lead to 60-47, but Waseca answered with an 11-2 run with 1:28 to go, but could get no closer, as the Otters sank free throws in the final 90 seconds.

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Rund finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Monke added 22 points and six rebounds for the Otters (27-3).

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Murphy has covered sports in Chicago, Minnesota and North Dakota since 2009, working for The Forum since 2012. Contact: cmurphy@forumcomm.com or 701-241-5548
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