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Haglund’s Career Day Sends Frewsburg Past Maple Grove 71-58

Frewsburg’s Chase Haglund shoots a runner in the lane during Saturday’s Section VI Class C quarterfinal boys basketball game against Maple Grove at Frewsburg Middle/High School. Photo courtesy of Steve Garvey

FREWSBURG — Gavin Smith was battered and bruised Saturday afternoon.

In fact, a first-half collision with Nathan Cresanti opened a gash on Smith’s head.

The Frewsburg senior needed some help from his teammates.

Chase Haglund provided it.

The Bears junior guard scored a career-high 28 points, including 9 during the decisive fourth quarter, as No. 3 Frewsburg beat No. 10 Maple Grove 71-58 in a Section VI Class C quarterfinal at Frewsburg Middle/High School.

Frewsburg’s Gavin Smith (10) puts up a shot over three Maple Grove defenders during Saturday’s Section VI Class C quarterfinal at Frewsburg Middle/High School. Photo courtesy of Steve Garvey

“Somebody had to step up. Having Chase be that secondary scorer; he plays similarly to Gavin, he just doesn’t have the height. He gets to the rim, he draws fouls, he does everything,” Frewsburg head coach Rob Collver said. “Having him step up and take that on was tremendous for us to be able to maintain those minutes.”

The victory sends the Bears into the 7:45 p.m. semifinal Tuesday at Jamestown Community College against No. 2 Westfield, which rallied to beat No. 11 Chautauqua Lake 72-57 behind Carson Swanson’s 35 points in another Saturday quarterfinal.

“He’s physical, he’s quick and he’s a smart basketball player. We have to, as a unit, be able to contain him,” Collver said of Swanson. “He’s going to get some, but we have to limit the other four. That’s easier said than done. It’ll take a great effort on our part.”

In a game littered with fouls — there were 44 called in all — each team’s depth was tested Saturday.

Nobody shined brighter than Haglund.

Maple Grove’s Jack Mansfield eyes the basket while being guarded by Frewsburg’s Gavin Smith during Saturday’s Section VI Class C quarterfinal at Frewsburg Middle/High School. Photo courtesy of Steve Garvey

Frewsburg took a 50-46 lead into the fourth quarter and the Red Dragons’ Jack Mansfield scored two of his team-high 25 points to close the gap to two. But the Bears’ Mason Eckman scored at the other end and Smith followed with five straight points to give the hosts a nine-point lead. Mansfield answered with a 3-pointer, but an 8-1 run ended Maple Grove’s hopes. Haglund put an exclamation point on the game and his afternoon when he converted a three-point play with 1:11 remaining.

“It was a team effort,” Haglund said, “but I definitely felt some pressure.”

In addition to his game-high 28 points, Haglund had four steals.

“Our help-side just wasn’t quick enough,” Maple Grove head coach Graham Soffel said of Haglund. “He’s fast. He was getting to the rim quickly and he’s strong.”

Smith finished with 16 points — his second-lowest output of the season — and four rebounds, while fighting foul trouble along with Kael Collver (3 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots) for most of the afternoon.

“Everybody on the team picked up the slack. As soon as I went out we started going on a run,” Smith said. “Chase is always there for the big moments. We put the game in their hands and they went out and won.”

Blake Weaver had a big game for the Bears with 9 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and two assists.

“Blake Weaver was able to lock down the back side,” Collver said. ” … He was able to lock down rebounds and stop their possessions. Blake did a tremendous job of that in the second half.”

A 7-0 run late in the first quarter allowed the Red Dragons to take a 17-13 lead after eight minutes before foul trouble began to hurt both teams in the second quarter. Maple Grove’s Gavin Rodgers was whistled for his third just 30 seconds into the period before Smith picked up his third just 20 seconds later. Collver was called for his third midway through the quarter.

“The things that we stress all the time in practice are the ordinary things: taking care of the ball, rebounding, boxing out and keeping your emotions in check,” Soffel said. “I feel like the turnovers really hurt us.”

Frewsburg led 32-29 at halftime, but Collver picked up his fourth foul just 11 seconds into the third quarter and the Red Dragons’ Marcus Laney followed with his fourth 28 seconds later. A 6-0 Bears’ run ensued before a Mansfield 3-pointer.

“He’s a really tough kid to guard. He’s a special player,” Soffel said of Mansfield. ” … He’s one of our captains for a reason because he’s a good leader, not always vocally, but by example.”

Maple Grove then closed the period on a 10-2 run to make it a four-point game with eight minutes remaining.

“We felt confident. (Smith) is a heck of a player. Our game plan was good and he was in foul trouble, but the rest of the team hurt us a little bit at the end,” Soffel said. “They were getting to the rim too easily. Those guys stepped up with him off the floor.”

The Red Dragons scored just once over their final seven possessions as Frewsburg locked up a spot in the semifinals against Westfield, which beat the Bears 89-56 on Dec. 15.

“It’s definitely a tough matchup. He’s a great player,” Smith said of Swanson. “We have different stuff coming at him this time because the first time was really early in the season. We’re going to scout and try to get the best result we can.”

NOTES: Garrett Brink had 7 points, five assists for four steals for Frewsburg, which shot 25 of 60 from the field, including 2 of 14 from 3-point range, and turned the ball over 14 times. … Cresanti had 8 points, nine rebounds and four assists; Jack Bless had 8 points and two steals; and Mansfield had seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots for Maple Grove, which shot 20 of 58 from the field, including 5 of 22 from 3-point range, and turned the ball over 16 times.

MAPLE GROVE (58)

Cresanti 3 2 8, Foley 1 2 4, Rodgers 1 0 3, Mansfield 9 4 25, Laney 2 3 7, Bless 3 2 8, SVerbosky 0 0 0, Barton 1 0 3, Colburn 0 0 0. Totals 20 13 58.

FREWSBURG (71)

Haglund 9 10 28, Brink 2 3 7, Smith 7 0 16, Weaver 3 3 9, Dahlin 1 1 3, Eckman 1 0 2, Sanfilippo 1 1 3, KCollver 1 1 3. Totals 25 19 71.

3-point goals–Rodgers, Mansfield 3, Barton, Smith 2.

Maple Grove 17 12 17 12 — 58

Frewsburg 13 19 18 21 — 71

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