Chisholm advances to Class A semis

By KBJR News 1

March 24, 2011 Updated Mar 24, 2011 at 6:53 PM CDT

Minneapolis (Northland's NewsCenter) - After a rough outing by three of the Northland's four teams at the MN State Boys Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, Chisholm came out of the gates fast. The Bluestreaks grabbed an 11-point lead in the first half, in route to a 51-39 victory over Fosston in the Class A quarterfinals at Williams Arena.

For Bluestreaks head coach Bob McDonald, it was his 970th career victory in 56 years of coaching, the last 50 at Chisholm. Adam Vake led Chisholm with a double-double, collecting 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. With the victory, Chisholm improves to (28-3) and will face the Springfield Friday afternoon in the Class A semifinals. The game at the Target Center is scheduled to tip-off at 2pm.

The Greyhounds actually struck first in the game, opening up a 2-0 lead. But from there, it was all Bluestreaks all the time. Chisholm didn't score until the 15:35 mark, but once they grabbed 6-4 lead at the 14:06 mark they never relinquished the advantage. The Bluestreaks took a 26-18 lead into the locker room at halftime and were able to maintain that separation for the rest of the game.

Fosston didn't make it easy, though, as they challenged Chisholm for the entire game and even cut the deficit to 4 points at the 9:23 mark. But just a couple minutes later the Bluestreaks lead was back up to 10 and they cruised to a 12-point win in front of a festive and boisterous crowd.

Chisholm was led in scoring by senior C Adam Vake, who had game-highs in points with 19 and rebounds with 12. No other Bluestreak was in double-digits, but Chisholm overcame substandard shooting (40.4% from the field) by generating points in the paint (24-10 advantage) and forcing turnovers 19 turnovers; Chisholm scored 15 points off of turnovers.

Fosston was led in scoring by senior F Garrett Carlin, who had 13 points on 4-11 shooting. No other Greyhound was in double-digits, but a total of 8 Fosston players got in on the scoring action. Fosston had a hard time finding offensive rhythm and couldn't catch a break either, as they shot just 25.5% from the floor.

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