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Continued: Boys' basketball: Apple Valley, Park Center advance to 4A title game; DeLaSalle wins big in 3A

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  • Last update: March 22, 2013 - 12:18 AM

Ron Haggstrom

Upsala 71, Battle Lake 60

Upsala's Avery Smieja knows his role -- control the boards and alter as many shots as possible.

The 6-foot-6 senior center’s play on the defensive end of the court ignited the Cardinals’ offense down the stretch in a 71-60 victory over Battle Lake in a Class 1A quarterfinal game at Williams Arena. Upsala went on a 16-2 run late in the second half, overcoming a three-point deficit to knock off the Battlers (22-6).

“Defense is my favorite part of basketball,” Smieja said. “Our coach always says, ‘We have to control the boards to be successful.’ That’s a big role for me being the tallest person on the team.”

Smieja finished with 9 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. He had 3 points, 6 rebounds, a blocked shot and an assist during the run.

RON HAGGSTROM

SW Christian 68, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 38

Upsala's Avery Smieja knows his role -- control the boards and alter as many shots as possible.

The 6-foot-6 senior center’s play on the defensive end of the court ignited the Cardinals’ offense down the stretch in a 71-60 victory over Battle Lake in a Class 1A quarterfinal game at Williams Arena. Upsala went on a 16-2 run late in the second half, overcoming a three-point deficit to knock off the Battlers (22-6).

“Defense is my favorite part of basketball,” Smieja said. “Our coach always says, ‘We have to control the boards to be successful.’ That’s a big role for me being the tallest person on the team.”

Smieja finished with 9 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. He had 3 points, 6 rebounds, a blocked shot and an assist during the run.

RON HAGGSTROM

 

 

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