Tiger boys win playoff opener

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The Northwestern Tigers cruised to a 67-52 win over Baldwin-Woodville in a WIAA Division 3 regional tournament game Tuesday night in Maple.

The Tigers, who led 30-7 at the half, had four players score in double figures. Brody Payton and Sam Risley scored 16 points apiece, followed by Kade Bartelt with 14 points and Anthony Lupa 12.

Sam Benoy led the Blackhawks with 14 points, which included three 3-pointers.

Up next for the Tigers (12-11) are the Bloomer Blackhawks at 7 p.m. Friday in Bloomer. Bloomer is 20-2 overall and won the Heart O’ North Conference with a 13-1 mark.

Northwestern lost twice to the Blackhawks during the regular season, 66-53 and 54-38.

Baldwin-Woodville 7 45 -- 52

Northwestern 30 37 -- 67

Baldwin-Woodville -- David Johnson 6, Robert Crowley 3, Sam Benoy 14, Zach Nilssen 2, Warick Weyer 7, Isaac Nilssen 4, Vance Wicker 3, Collin Bensen 2, Andrew Klopp 8, Vance Winkler 3. Totals: 19 7-10 52

3-point goals -- Benoy 3, Crowley, Wicker, Klopp, Winkler.

Northwestern -- Brody Payton 16, Anthony Lupa 12, Kade Bartelt 14, Tyler Davis 1, Andrew Klobucher 3, Sam Risley 16, Greg Ruhman 5. Totals: 23 15-20 67.

3-point goals -- Risley 3, Lupa 2.