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BP spreads the wealth: Blossoms advance in Section 1A with win over Rebels

ROCHESTER — As they have all season, the top-seeded Awesome Blossoms proved there is a lot more to them than senior center Gabe Hagen and his inside scoring ability.

Hagen was happy to share the wealth as Blooming Prairie eased past No. 8 Southland 72-50 in a Section 1A quarterfinal in Mayo Civic Center Wednesday.

BP (23-3 overall) never trailed throughout the night and the Awesome Blossoms drained seven first half threes to take a 16-point lead into the break.

As Southland (10-15 overall) shifted its defense inside to stop Hagen early on, Kaden Thomas knocked down five of his first six three-pointers and Zach Archer connected on a pair of threes in the first half. Thomas’ fifth three was from three feet behind the line on the wing and it put BP up 29-11 with 5:29 left in the half.

“In warm ups I noticed the rims were a little different and I had to adjust to those. I found it right away,” Thomas said. “I missed seven in a row in warm ups, I missed my first one in the game and then I made five in a row.”

Thomas scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half. The Rebels had just 19 points as a team at halftime.

“Once our defense gets going, it’s hard to score on us,” Thomas said.

Hagen did finish with 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

“Gabe does a lot that a lot of people don’t see,” Thomas said. “When he gets doubled, he finds the open guy and when he’s not doubled, he goes in for a lay-up.”

BP will take on Grand Meadow in a Section 1A semifinal in Mayo Civic Center at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Blooming Prairie 35  37  – 72

Southland 19  21  – 50

BP scoring: Kaden Thomas, 26; Gabe Hagen, 17; Zach Archer, 12; Harrison Hanna, 9; Reece Tapp, 8; Drew Kittelson, 6; Zach Weber, 3; Isaac Ille, 2; free throws: 56 percent (9-for-16)

Southland scoring: Harrison Hanna, 11; Dan Boe, 10; Nick Boe, 8; Reece Tapp, 8; Eli Wolff, 8; Noah Lamp, 3; Carter Schmitz, 2; free throws: 50 percent (5-for-10)