Former Lakers and current head boys basketball coaches Taylor Fuhs and Tyler Bormann picked up first round playoff coaching victories Tuesday night as both Rothsay and Moorhead advanced.
Both the Tigers and Spuds came away with upset victories on the road.
Fuhs’ No. 9-seeded Tigers defeated the No. 8 Eagles 42-34 at New York Mills high school in the Section 6A pigtail round.
The Tigers led 21-17 at halftime and both teams scored identical point totals in the second half.
Junior center Parker Keep recorded a double-double for Rothsay scoring 10 points and pulling in 13 rebounds.
The Tigers had three players in double figures. Senior Landon Lang led the team scoring 14. Lang had all of Rothsay’s three-pointers in the game (3). Fellow senior Wyatt Curtis scored a dozen points and had a team-high five assists to go with eight rebounds.
The Tigers only allowed the Eagles to get to the free throw line eight times (5-8).
Isaiah Laudenbach and Jonas Baune led Mills with eight points each.
The Eagles finished the season with a 6-21 mark. Rothsay improved to 8-17 and face a formidable challenge at No. 1 Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal (23-3) in Ulen Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. The Titans have won 12 of their last 14 games and defeated the Tigers in Rothsay 53-38 in the lone meeting between the teams Feb. 5.Spuds take down Tech in overtime
Bormann’s No. 7 Moorhead Spuds outscored No. 2 St. Cloud Tech 17-8 in overtime to come away with the 92-83 upset in the opening round of the Section 8AAAA boys basketball playoffs Tuesday at Tech High School.
The Spuds led 34-32 at halftime and Tech responded with one more bucket than Moorhead in the second half to force the extra session. The Tigers had the ball with eight seconds remaining in regulation at a tie score 75-75 but failed to convert.
Maleeck Harden scored 27 points and Drew Hagen added 26 to lead the Spuds. Alend Alemadi scored 17 points; Ben Nelson added 11.
Brevyn Spann-Ford had 36 points for the Tigers, who finish their season 18-9.
Moorhead (12-15) will face No. 6 Buffalo in the Section 8-4A semifinals at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at St. Cloud State. Buffalo defeated No. 3 Rogers 64-58 on Tuesday.
MHD 34 41 17 - 92
SCT 32 43 8 - 83
MHD-Alend Alemadi 17, Ethan Hoff 5, Ben Nelson 11, Noah Melton 6, Maleeck Harden 27, Drew Hagen 26,
SCT-Brady Underwood 11, Nate Trewick 9, Brevyn Spann-Ford 36, Kail Lindgren 17, James Kaczor 7, Trent Meyer 3.
RTH 21 21 - 42
NYM 17 17 - 34
RTH-Landon Lang 14, Wyatt Curtis 12, Parker Keep 10, Colby Larson 4, Tanner Heier 2.
NYM-Derin Gaudette 6, Bryce Mattson 6, Russel Arno 3, Isaiah Laudenbach 8, Jonas Baune 8, Brady Bauck 3.