INTERNATIONAL FALLS - In a game with a lot at stake C.J. Peeters and George Washington scored 15 and 13 points respectively to lead the Central Lakes College Raider men's' team to a 75-59 North Division victory over Rainy River Saturday.
The victory gives CLC a three-way share of the North Division regular season title with Vermilion and Northland. CLC improves to 8-4 in the division.
It also helps the Raiders to the second seed in the Minnesota State Community College tournament. They'll face third-seeded Fergus Falls in the opening round.
Owning a six-point halftime lead, CLC came out in the second half and outrebounded Rainy River.
"In the second half we took care of the ball and went to the free throw line and out rebounded them pretty heavily," Raider coach Jim Russell said of the road victory. "To come into this environment after a long road trip and play our tempo and win a game like this, to get a share of the division title is big for us. I am proud of the guys for the way they came out and played."
Fritz Renelus scored 12 points and Kody Braddix nine for CLC.
"A win like this gives us confidence going into the state tournament playing a Fergus Falls team, who we split with in the beginning in the year," said Russell. "This is what you fight hard for all year long and it paid off today and will hopefully carry over into the state tournament."
CLC 38 37 - 75
Rainy River 32 27 - 59
George Washington 13, Kody Braddix 9, Matt Moorman 9, Fritz Renelus 12, Will Kornbaum 5, C.J. Peeters 15, Cody Lezer 3, Dustin Monson 2, Justin Sutton 1, Lenorris Drummond 6. Team totals: FG 27, FT 14-26 (54 percent), 3-point baskets: 7 (Washington 1, Moorman 2, Kornbaum 1, Peters 2). Conference: 8-4. Overall: 17-8. Next: No. 2 Central Lakes hosts No. 3 Minnesota State CC Fergus Falls 6 p.m. Friday
Phil Homere 19, Andre Cherill 14, Cornell Lawson 2, Ryan Pierce 4, Denzel Walker 5, Mark Lussier 5, Kory McRoy 2, Mauriec Patton 2, Nate Barfield 6. Team totals: FG 23 (percent), FT 7-10 (70 percent), 3-point baskets: 6 (Homere 3, Cherill 2, Lussier 1).
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