By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
The unbeaten Brainerd Warriors visited Rogers on Saturday and quickly quelled any notions of an upset, drubbing the Royals 96-63.
Marcus Comstock scored 31 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the field and 11-for-13 at the line, for Brainerd (14-0). Jack Sauer added 22 points and Jacob Blong 11.
Rogers shot 38 percent, gave up 22 turnovers and got out rebounded 38-30. Cullen Loughlin sank 20 points for Rogers (5-11). Luke Pecka was next with 11. The Royals were 9-for-25 on 3-pointers.
Brainerd, unranked in Class 4A despite being the division’s lone unbeaten, scored its highest total of the season. The Warriors average 74. The game was scouted by Elk River coaches and players, as the Elks will play at Brainerd on Saturday afternoon.
In earlier action, Kyle McDonald, the latest edition from a legendary Minnesota basketball family, led Cambridge-Isanti to a 71-62 conquest of the Rogers Royals on Thursday evening.
The sophomore guard scored 25 points for the Bluejackets. He’s the son of longtime Bluejacket coach Mike McDonald, and grandson of Bob McDonald, the only coach in state history with over 900 wins, currently in his 52nd year at Chisholm. Bob’s four sons and two daughters are the highest-scoring family in state history. The sons are all head coaches, and the two daughters are former head coaches.
Rogers was less concerned about McDonald family history than with their turnover problems. They had 22, while C-I had 14, negating a 28-24 rebound edge the Royals enjoyed.
Luke Pecka scored 14 points, Ryan Gelle 13 and Sam Spilles 12 for Rogers (0-2 conference, 5-11 overall). Gelle led with 8 rebounds. Gunnar Bloom had 8 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
Allen added 12, Swanson 11 and Vavro 10 for the Bluejackets (2-1 conference, 5-10 overall), who had a big edge at the free throw line, 23-for-31 to Rogers’ 12-for-21.
Rogers was to play at Big Lake on Tuesday.