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H-BC's Carey Taubert puts up a shot over Luverne's Josh Slieter during Friday's boys' basketball game in Luverne.
The Hills-Beaver Creek boys’ basketball team snapped a two-game slide by posting an impressive win in Luverne Friday.
Playing their second game in as many nights, the Patriots faced a tough challenge when they squared off against LHS team riding a four-game winning streak.
H-BC passed the test in style by posting a convincing 75-61 win over the Cardinals.
A strong first half turned in by the Patriots proved to be the difference in the game.
With Dylan Gehrke leading the charge by netting 14 of his 16 points in the opening stanza, H-BC sported a commanding 41-25 advantage at the intermission.
H-BC increased its lead to 18 points at two different occasions in the early stages of the second half, but the Patriots were unable to run away with the win.
Luverne trimmed the difference to 10 points (48-38) with 14:40 left to play, and the Cards faced 10-point deficits at three other occasions as the second half progressed.
H-BC regained control of the contest after putting together a 16-9 run ending with a field goal from Jon Gallagher that gave the Patriots a 64-47 advantage with 7:15 left to play.
Luverne closed the margin to 12 points a couple of times late in the game before H-BC prevailed by 14 points at game’s end.
Jeff Sandbulte led the Patriots with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Carey Taubert netted 15 points for the winners, while Gehrke charted five assists and three steals.
The 2-4 Patriots host Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Jan. 7.
Gehrke 8 0 0-1 16, Ellingson 0 0 0-0 0, Bass 1 0 1-2 3, Wagenaar 2 1 0-0 7, Sandbulte 10 0 1-5 21, Kerkhove-Brandt 2 0 0-0 4, Taubert 4 0 7-8 15, Gallagher 4 0 1-2 9.
H-BC: 31 of 61 field goals (51 percent), 10 of 18 free throws (56 percent), 25 rebounds, nine turnovers.
Luverne: 19 of 56 field goals (34 percent), 16 of 27 free throws (59 percent), 27 rebounds, 13 turnovers.