Rebels advance to Section 1A title game with a win over Trojans

Published 10:04 pm Monday, March 22, 2021

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The No. 1 seeded Southland boys basketball team used a big second half push to upend No. 4 Rushford-Peterson (13-7 overall) 73-55 in a Section 1A semifinal at Rochester Century Monday.

The Rebels (18-2 overall) led by just three at halftime, but they caught fire in the second half. Nick Boe vaulted the effort from the outside as he went six-for-six on threes and scored 22 points while Ethan Forthun added 23 points.

“In the second half we clamped down and we did a nice job,” Southland head coach Matt Webber said.

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Southland will play No. 3 Hayfield for the Section 1A title and a trip to state at Rochester Mayo at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Rebels beat Hayfield 71-69 in Hayfield on March 11.

“It was a great game last time, and I’m assuming if we’re both hitting shots like we were that night, it’ll be another great game,” Webber said. “Everybody’s excited for it.”

Rushford-Peterson 26  29  —  55

Southland 29  44  —  73

Southland scoring: Ethan Forhun, 23; Nick Boe, 22; Dan Boe, 10; Harrison Hanna, 8; free throws: 58 percent (7-for-12); rebounds: 23 (Dan Boe, 5); turnovers: 6